78% of deaths in Jordan due to non-communicable diseases

Heart disease
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AMMAN – Seventy-eight percent of deaths in Jordan are due to non-communicable diseases, such as heart disease, diseases of the circulatory system, cancers, diabetes, chronic respiratory diseases and psychological illnesses, said Dr. Ghazi Sharkas, Assistant to Secretary General for Primary Healthcare Ministry of Health in a statement to the Jordan News Agency (Petra).اضافة اعلان

Commenting on the occasion of Global Week for Action for Non-Communicable Diseases (September 6 to 12) Dr. Sharkas said Thursday that 63% of deaths globally are from non-communicable diseases, while in low to middle income countries the figure is higher at 86% of all deaths.

Dr. Sharkas stressed the need to combat non-communicable diseases by mitigating lifestyle risk factors such as smoking, unhealthy eating habits, leading a sedentary lifestyle, abusing alcohol and air pollution.

He said that there are several ways by which the risk of death from such diseases can be mitigated, among them is taking strict measures to control the abuse of alcohol and tobacco products in the country, reducing obesity levels and encouraging an active lifestyle as well as reducing salt intake.

Dr. Sharkas said that according to a health ministry study from 2019, 42% of Jordanians are smokers, while 76% do no physical activity whatsoever and 27.7% of Jordanians are considered obese.

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