People aged between 20 to 30, the working class have already started experiencing non-communicable diseases which in turn makes the nation unhealthy. Working for long hours, stress and smoking contribute to the rise in the NCDs in these nation’s working force. The WHO has listed 9 targets for these diseases by 2025. These include:
- A 25% relative reduction in the overall mortality from cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, or chronic respiratory diseases
- At least 10% reduction in the harmful use of alcohol
- 10% reduction in prevalence of insufficient physical activity
- 30% reduction in population intake of salt/sodium
- 30% reduction in prevalence of current tobacco use in people aged above 15 years
- 25% reduction in the prevalence of raised blood pressure or contain the prevalence of raised blood pressure
- halt the rise in diabetes and obesity
- 50% of eligible people receive drug therapy and counseling to prevent heart attacks and strokes
- 80% availability of the affordable basic technology and essential medicines in both public and private facilities.
NCDs can be easily managed by altering some of our lifestyle choices. It is a small price to pay for a better and a longer life.