President Edgar Lungu has expressed concerned over the growing burden of non- communicable diseases in the country.
President Lungu noted that non- communicable diseases are not only costly to treat but rob the nation of the most productive members of society largely at the Peak of their productivity.
He added that non- communicable diseases disproportionately affect the poor and disadvantaged populations in both rural and urban settings hence, the need for the whole nation to take particular care of the epidemic.
The Head of State was speaking in Lusaka today when he launched the 2018 National Health Week under the theme Health for All: Leaving No One Behind.
And President Lungu further noted that obesity is also another increasing area of concern especially among children.
He pointed out that obesity rates in children are rising several times faster than in the adult population hence, the need to address the trend.
The Head of State observed that the National Health Week therefore, seeks to provide a multi sectorial platform and opportunity to utilise multi sectorial health promotion approaches that catalyse national action leaving no one behind.
He said there is need for everyone to diligently follow the theme of leaving no one behind because a nation is only as strong, healthy and productive as its weakest link.
President Lungu also urged everyone to analyse and address the causes of ill health as well as examine and uphold factors that contribute to good health and well-being.
And Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya commended President Lungu for his political will in promoting good health and investment in the country’s health transformation agenda.
Meanwhile, World Health Organisation (WHO) Representative Nathan Bakyaita noted that commemoration of a national health week is important as it applies to everyone to redirect efforts and increase knowledge about disease prevention in order to promote good health.
Dr. Bakyaita said his organisation will continue to work with the Zambian government in promoting healthy surroundings where no one is left behind.
Speaking at the same event, Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo noted that his office is dedicated to promoting good health to all people in the province including those in per- urban areas in order for them to be productive and contribute to economic growth.