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CSP calls for action on non-communicable diseases

The government should introduce public health measures to tackle non-communicable diseases (NCDs), says the CSP.

A UN summit meeting last month identified heart disease, cancer, lung disease and diabetes as major health issues worldwide.

The UN estimates that they caused 36 million of the 57 million global deaths in 2008, using the most recent figures available.

Last month’s summit, in New York, called on governments to take action to tackle NCDs. It was only the second UN summit ever held on a health issue, the first having covered AIDS.

‘Physiotherapists see the consequences of inactivity and poor lifestyle choices every day when rehabilitating patients with conditions like heart disease,’ said Sue Hayward-Giles, the CSP’s assistant director of practice development.

‘So the CSP strongly supports the UN summit’s call for action on non-communicable diseases.’

Ms Hayward-Giles said the government should implement ‘positive public health measures’ that would increase awareness of the importance of a good diet and physical activities and reduce the number of deaths from preventable conditions.

Global deaths in 2008

A UN summit identified heart disease, cancer, lung disease and diabetes as major health issues worldwide. It is estimated they caused 36 million of the 57 million global deaths in 2008.

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