By Nadege Ngeh
Edited by Mufuh Ramiro
On September 27, 2018, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly is staging the third High-level Meeting on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). This meeting will embark on a comprehensive review of the global and national progress achieved in putting measures in place that protect people from dying too young from heart and lung diseases, cancers and diabetes.
As part of the activities to mark this global #Enough NCDs Campaign, the CBC Health Services Central Administration has implemented regular physical activities as a way of curbing NCDs amongst its employees and increasing productivity.
On August 31, 2018, the Central Administration of the CBC Health Services will intentionally launch an advocacy walk in Bamenda, starting from Finance Junction through Ghana Street and back to the Baptist Center to raise awareness against the silent killer diseases.
This exercise will be done in the presence of authorities of the region and the media and will see the CBC Director of Health Services (DHS), Prof. Tih Pius Muffih, make a strong call for the active participation and commitment by all stakeholders involved in the fight against NCDs.
On this day, the Non-Communicable Disease Prevention and Control Program (NCD-PCP) of the CBC Health Services will intentionally use some other sporting activities as an advocacy and awareness strategy to promote healthy lifestyles amongst its workers.
According to statistics from WHO, a larger population affected by NCDs constitutes those aged 30-69, who have now become the victims of these silent killers and are dying earlier than their parents lived.
The NCD-PCP Coordinator, Mr. Mbiydzenyuy Ferdinant, says one of the main causes of NCDs is physical inactivity which increases the risk of developing NCDs like coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and metabolic syndrome just to name a few.
The Global Health Observation (GHO) data of 2015 of the World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed that out of the 56.4 million global deaths in 2015, 39.5 million rated 70% were as a result of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The four main NCDs are cardiovascular diseases, cancers, diabetes and chronic lung diseases.