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DAMAK: Most of the deaths in Nepal (71 percent) are caused by non-communicable diseases, according to a study.
The risk of non-communicable diseases is lately increasing day by day, pointed out researchers, who conducted the study, at a PEN-Plus program organized here in Damak, Jhapa, by a government hospital to reduce and manage risks of non-communicable diseases.
The Kathmandu Institute of Child Health (KIOCH) coordinated the program. On the occasion, the KIOCH Chair Prof Dr Bhagawan Koirala presented data on deaths from non-communicable diseases putting the number of deaths be 71 percent.
Infectious disease has gone unchecked posing a greater risk to the country’s health sector, he said.
When the PEN-Plus program runs effectively, the mortality rate from non-communicable diseases could be significantly dropped in the next five to 10 years, he said. “Providing treatment after early diagnosis of diseases can help prevent early death. Health insurance for the poor, and availability of early treatment and medicines can also help,” he said.
On the occasion, the Rector of the BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Prof Dr. Sanjeev Sharma, shared that the untimely death of the people could be prevented if the PEN-Plus program is effectively implemented.
He expressed the commitment of make necessary arrangements for the health examination and treatment of the patients referred from Damak.
Similarly, the Chief of the PEN-Plus program under the Department of Health Services, Phanindra Prasad Baral, mentioned that the program has been launched as a pilot program in Damak and Bardiya and it would be expanded to other places.
Deputy-Mayor of Damak municipality, Regina Bhattarai, urged neighboring local-level to take benefit as the PEN-Plus program has been launched at Damak hospital.
The discussion was held among the mayor, deputy mayor of Damal municipality, chiefs, and representatives of the neighboring local level regarding tests, treatment, and medicine for non-communicable diseases—heart, diabetes, respiratory problem, cancer, heart attack, and sickle cell anemia under the PEN-Plus program.