Health Ministry dedicates 2013 to combat NCDs
The Health Ministry will dedicate 2013 towards eradicating Non
Communicable Diseases. Under this theme, the ministry hopes to achieve
its national target set to eradicate NCDs, Health Minister Maithripala
The ministry has drawn up plans to hold the National Health Week from
December 10 to 17. Under this programme, it is also hoped to deal with
the dengue mosquito problem, he said.
The minister was addressing a health conference on NCDs. The book
Guideline for Management of NCDs in Primary Health Care (Total Risk
Assessment Approach) was also launched at the event.
The minister said there are various forms of diseases and ailments
affecting developed and developing countries.
"Sri Lanka, for its part has to take measures to combat NCDs. The
public has to be made aware of the dangers posed by non communicable
diseases. Programmes need to be conducted targeting schoolchildren. It
is also necessary to strengthen the Mathata Thitha programme to build an
alcohol free society," he said.
Ministry Additional Secretary Dr Palitha Mahipala also spoke.
A copy of the book was presented to Minister Sirisena by Consultant
Community Physician Director/Non Communicable Diseases Dr DTP Liyanage.