73 % total deaths in Malaysia due to NCD

November 1, 2017

It is estimated that 73 % of the total deaths in Malaysia were due to non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and half of the number were caused by cardiovascular diseases.

Malaysian Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya said based on data from the National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS), it could be assumed that the prevalence of NCD risk factors continued to rise and was indeed a worrying trend for the country.

“We are moving ahead to do prevention programmes especially in the health sector, such as promoting more awareness campaigns on the prevention of NCDs including diabetes, hypertension and cancer.

“We have engaged with the public and have done a lot of health screenings. We encourage the ‘rakyat’ to get involved in our intervention programmes,” he said after officiating the 12th Ministry of Health (MOH) – Academy of Medicine of Malaysia (AMM) Scientific Meeting 2017.

The meeting was held in conjunction with the 20th National Institutes of Health Scientific Seminar and the 5th International Clinical Conference in Emergency Medicine 2017.

Category: Features, Health alert

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