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AMLSN Raises The Alarm Over Rising Non-communicable Diseases



The Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN) FCT chapter, has raised the alarm over the increasing cases of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in the country.

The chairman of AMLSN, Joseph Salifu David raised the alarm at the commemoration of this year’s World Biomedical Day, yesterday in Abuja.

He said, “Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) which are the focus of our celebration this year have become major public health concerns in developed and developing countries.

“World Health Organisation data indicate that NCDs were responsible for nearly half of the burden of diseases measured in disability adjusted life years (DALYs) in 2005, worldwide and in low, middle income countries.

“NCD which include the diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancers and chronic respiratory diseases represent 46 per cent of the global burden of diseases and cause an estimated 35 million deaths each year,” he said.

The association, which aimed to draw attention to prevailing health issues in support of the UN and WHO Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), carry out free medical outreach in Karumajiji community.

According to David, an estimated 80 per cent of NCD deaths occur in low and middle income countries.

Moreover, WHO projects that NCDs death will increase by 17 per cent over the next ten years.

He further said that the prevalence of NCDs is projected to cause nearly 75 per cent deaths as communicable, maternal, prenatal, and nutritional diseases by 2020.

“Among the most NCDs, diabetes has emerged as a leading problem second to cardiovascular diseases.

“The global diabetes prevalence in the age group of 20 to 79 years is estimated to be 6.6 per cent for the year 2010 which translates into 285 million people suffering from the disease,” he added.