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Non-communicable diseases claim 10-20 times more Bangladeshi lives than Covid, say experts

Non-transmissive illnesses may account for 80% of deaths by 2040 if proper steps are not taken, says director general of Health Economics Unit

Update : 27 Jan 2022, 09:08 PM

Non-communicable diseases cause 10 to 20 times more deaths than Covid-19 in Bangladesh, according to health experts.

Non-transmissive illnesses account for 70% of deaths in the country and it could reach the 80% mark by 2040 if proper steps are not taken, they said on the second day of the first National Non-communicable Disease Control Conference in Dhaka on Thursday.

Dr Md Shahadt Hossain Mahmud, director general of the Health Economics Unit of the health ministry, said some non-contagious diseases claim 10-20 times more lives than Covid-19 in Bangladesh.

On average, 350 people die every day in the country due to smoking-related illnesses alone, he said.

“Cancer, tuberculosis and heart disease are all non-communicable diseases and their mortality rate is five times higher than that of Covid-19. But for some reason we are only focusing on infectious diseases,” added Mahmud.

He said the government is generous enough when it comes to healthcare, but the allocations are not always utilized.

Citing studies, he said deaths from non-communicable diseases is a global problem, adding that they may account for 80% of deaths in Bangladesh by 2040.

Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh attended the conference as the chief guest.

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