NCDs responsible for 27 percent of deaths in Tanzania -TANCDA

24Sep 2021
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
NCDs responsible for 27 percent of deaths in Tanzania -TANCDA

​​​​​​​THE number of sufferers of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the world has been increasing and in the case of Tanzania, 27 percent of all deaths are caused by the diseases.

Chairman of Tanzania Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance (TANCDA), Prof Andrew Swai.

Research conducted in Tanzania in 2012 showed that in every 100 people of 25 years old and above. Nine had diabetes, 26 had blood pressure, 25 had excess fats in the blood and 34 were overweight.

This was revealed to reporters on Wednesday by the Chairman of Tanzania Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance (TANCDA), Prof Andrew Swai saying that if Tanzanians will not change their ways of life, the diseases could cause more deaths.

He mentioned some of the things that cause NCDs as including unplanned diets, use of excessive amounts of salt, sugar and fat.

Prof Swai was speaking on the mobilization week to fight NCDs that is expected to take place from October 6 to 13 this year.

He named some of the NCDs as including heart diseases, blood pressure, kidneys failure, diabetes and toot diseases and said more than 15 million people in the world die from these diseases every year, many of who from developing countries.

He said in 1991 the government spent nine per cent of its budget to treat diabetes sufferers, and added that the government, through the Health Ministry, spends USD 37 per day per person while the income per capita is USD 950.

In regard to how to protect against these diseases, TANCDA expert on physical exercises, Waziri Ndonde said people should do regular exercises instead of remaining idle.

He said doing exercises makes one become energetic, with good bodily health, adding that remaining idle is same as taking the fourth spot on global deaths.

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