NCDs biggest killer, govt
By BEATRICE MAISERA
MORE people die of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) around the globe and most of these deaths occur in the low and middle income countries, the permanent secretary from the Ministry of Health Air Commodore Jasper Chimedza has said.
Chimedza revealed this during a a speech read on his behalf at the handover of medical supplies and equipment worth US$61 000 to the Ministry of Health and Child Care by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The Danish government and Novo Nordisk funded the donations, at a ceremony at which WHO also implored Zimbabweans to promote awareness of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) across the country.
WHO country representative, Dr Alex Gasasira said more focus should be put on NCDs as it was critical for people in the communities to learn and implement measures necessary to control them.
“I applaud the MoHCC and government for all the efforts it continues to be put in place to ensure the development of health systems that ensure that all citizens have equitable access to health services of sufficient quality, leaving no one behind.
“In the spirit of sustainable development goals and the attainment of universal health coverage and we are handing over this consignment for use at the primary health care level in line with that spirit,” he added.