78 percent of deaths in Jordan caused by non-communicable diseases: Sharkas

Jordan

Published: 2021-09-09 16:51

Last Updated: 2021-09-19 17:01


78 percent of deaths in Jordan caused by non-communicable diseases: Sharkas
78 percent of deaths in Jordan caused by non-communicable diseases: Sharkas

Thursday, the Assistant Secretary-General of the Ministry of Health (MoH) for Primary Health Care Ghazi Sharkas said that there is a noticeable increase in the rate of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) among Jordanians.

Sharkas noted that 78 percent of deaths in the Kingdom are amongst those who suffer from non-communicable diseases and that these diseases are the main cause of death around the world.

The non-communicable diseases include heart diseases, cancers, vascular diseases, diabetes, chronic respiratory diseases, and psychiatric illnesses.

He added that 63 percent of deaths around the world are amongst those who suffer from non-communicable diseases. In low and middle-income countries, the death rate due to these diseases reaches 86 percent.

He stressed the need to address the risk factors of these diseases identified by the World Health Organization (WHO), such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, harmful use of alcohol, and air pollution.