WHO concerned with high cases of non-communicable diseases


The World Health Organisation (WHO) has expressed concern over the rise in cases of non-communicable diseases in the country.

WHO Country Representative, Olusegun Babaniyi, has observed that non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes, cancers and cardiovascular diseases account for a lot of deaths in the country.

Dr Babaniyi said although Zambia has recorded major improvements in reducing maternal and under-five mortality and reduction of communicable diseases, more needs to be done in reducing non-communicable diseases.

Dr Babaniyi, who was speaking in Chinsali when he donated a Toyota Hilux to Muchinga Provincial Medical Office, said the Ministry of Health needs to sensitise the public on the need to promote lifestyles that can help prevent non-communicable diseases.

He said WHO will work with government to develop a plan that will tackle non-communicable diseases.

Dr Babaniyi said there is need to accelerate efforts meant to address key health issues so that many lives can be spared.

And acting Muchinga Province Medical Officer, Charles Chungu, said the province experiences outbreaks of communicable diseases that originate from neighbouring countries the province shares boundaries with.

Dr Chungu said his office needs to scale up disease surveillance in border areas which are potential sources of disease out-breaks.

Muchinga Province shares boundaries with Tanzania and Malawi.