The Health Ministry has unveiled a new programme to prevent the spread of non-communicable diseases. Accordingly an Additional Secretary has been appointed to handle the control of these diseases.
The Health Ministry said this decision was taken considering the rapid rise in non-communicable diseases. In Sri Lanka between 300 and 400 die of non-communicable diseases. Deaths caused by heart failure have risen by 18 percent. Diabetes, cholesterol, heart diseases, high and low blood pressure and cancer have risen due to urbanization, increase in the adult population, consumption of non-healthy food, lack of exercises, smoking and consumption of alcohol. Accordingly an Additional Secretary has been appointed based on the plan crafted by the Health Ministry.