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Posted on Wednesday, 14 September 2011 15:30

UN summit to tackle disease control

By Lawrence Quartey

The 66th Session of United Nations' General Assembly running between September 13 to 30th will prioritise the control and prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) world-wide.

Map of Ghana

There will also be a high level meeting on nutrition and the Scaling Up nutrition (SUN) movement, which is  linked to the Millennium Development Goal 1 (eradicating poverty and hunger).

Member states will highlight the linkages between under-nutrition and chronic diseases as the meeting focuses on the first year of progress in SUN countries.

Ruby Sandhu-Rojon, the resident coordinator of UN agencies in Ghana told journalists these diseases could be prevented if issues on lifestyles such as tobacco usage, unhealthy diets, physical inactivity and harmful use of alcohol were tackled.

About 90 percent of NCDs occurred in low and middle income countries. NCDs are non-transmissible diseases.

Cardio-vascular (heart attacks, stroke), cancer and chronic respiratory diseases (asthma) and diabetes will be the main focus since they cause 63 percent of all global deaths and known to kill people before age 70.

The SUN movement was launched in September 2010 and supports efforts in 18 countries to reduce malnutrition.

It will be launched in Ghana in November 2011.?

Sandhu-Rojon said substantial disparities existed within Ghana where Eastern, Central, Northern and Upper East regions have the highest rates of stunted growth.

Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, a veteran diplomat and permanent representative of Qatar to the UN, will lead the 66th session.

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