Physical activities

WHO recommends physical activity to fight non-communicable diseases

The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that physical activities can help combat the burden of non-communicable diseases if harnessed regularly.

It has been reported that non-communicable diseases (NCDs) kill 41 million people each year, which is equivalent to 71% of all deaths worldwide.

Each year, more than 15 million people die of an NCD between the ages of 30 and 69; 85% of these “premature” deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.

Seventy-seven percent of all NCD deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.

Kazadi gave this clue during the third edition of The Way Forward: The Challenge of Health for All” organized by the World Health Organization office in Nigeria in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health, partners and the public.

The WHO country representative, Dr. Walter Kazadi, pointed out that globally, the burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) has increased due to a lack of physical activities.

He noted that today we are here to educate people to engage in physical activities. To get everyone to know about NCDs and their effects.

“Globally, the burden of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, cancer and chronic diseases is increasing due to lack of physical activities.

“We do it once a year on the sidelines of the launch of the World Health Assembly. Health Assembly starting tomorrow. We want to add our contribution to this global campaign for everyone to become active in our efforts to defeat NCDs.

“That’s what we should do every day for at least half an hour if we want to beat NCD,” he said.

It should be noted that non-communicable diseases (NCDs), also known as chronic diseases, tend to be long-lasting and are the result of a combination of genetic, physiological, environmental and behavioral factors.

The main types of NCDs are cardiovascular diseases (such as heart attacks and strokes), cancers, chronic respiratory diseases (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma) and diabetes.

NCDs disproportionately affect people in low- and middle-income countries, where more than three quarters of the world’s NCD deaths occur, or 31.4 million.

Detection, screening and treatment of NCDs, as well as palliative care, are key components of the response to NCDs.


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