MAPUTO, June 11 (Xinhua) -- The Ministry of Health of Mozambique expressed Monday deep concerns over the fact that more than five million people in the country are presently suffering from chronic non-transmitted diseases.
The Minister of Health Nazira Abdula told the press that climate change and social conditions are among the reasons behind the large number of cases, which was released by the National Health Institute in a report concluding that the situation is worrying.
"This is the moment for a combined reflection on multi-sectoral strategies and innovative approaches to guarantee quality and sustainable prevention of chronic non-transmitted diseases and trauma," said the minister.
The minister said that investing for prevention of these diseases is one of the strategies to reach the Sustainable Development Goals in health and fight against poverty.
"The number of these diseases has been registering an increase proportional to the increase of life expectancy. Chronic diseases are growing as the country has more urban areas," said the National Director of Health Institute, Ana Cumbe.
Health authorities said they will create a consulting group or a platform that helps in policies designing to address these diseases based on scientific evidences.