WHO pledges To Support Fight Against Non-Communicable Diseases

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has reiterated its commitment and support to the fight against Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), especially cancer in Nigeria.

WHO Country Representative,Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo, made the pledge at the 2021 Annual Interactional Public Health Conference on Tuesday in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 3rd Annual Conference was organised by the African Institute of Public Health Professionals (AIPHP) in collaboration with National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).

Mulombo, who spoke on the theme titled, “Non-Communicable Disease in Africa: Challenges, epidemiology, prevention and control,” urged all hands on deck towards prevention and cancer control in Nigeria.

According to him, WHO recommends a comprehensive approach to cancer control which spans prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment and palliative care methods.

He said “Following the political declaration of the High-level meeting of the General Assembly in 2011, member states were tasked with the development of a multi sectoral action plan to tackle NCDs including cancers.

He also said diseases share common risk factors which include tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet and air pollution.

The Chairman Governing Council of AIAPH, Dr Wondimagegnehu Alemu, said issue of health had to be looked into holistically, adding that anyone with NCD becomes vulnerable when attacked by disease like the COVID-19.

According to him, Africa needs more public health professionals, research and development to help address health challenges in the continent.

He also announced the implementation of series of capacity building programmes on leadership and management for healthcare professionals across the continent.

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