People With These Type Of Diseases Are Likely To Die If They Contract Coronavirus- WHO Report

As the world continues to battle the Coronavirus COVID-19 scourge, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that people living with non-communicable diseases are more likely to die from the coronavirus pandemic.

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), also known as chronic diseases, are not passed from person to person. The diseases include autoimmune diseases, cancer, cataracts, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, hypertension, most heart diseases, most cancers, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, parkinson’s disease and strokes.

A WHO survey published on Monday revealed that NCDs kill no fewer than 40 million people annually. The UN agency explained that the study was conducted in 155 countries in a period of three weeks.

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It said the survey found that 94 percent of the countries have partially or fully reassigned health ministry staff working on NCDs to support COVID-19 response.

“For instance, it says screening campaigns for breast and cervical cancer were also postponed in more than half of the countries,” WHO noted.

WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, decried that people who need treatment for diseases have not been receiving the health services since COVID-19 outbreak. Ghebreyesus said:

“It is vital that countries find innovative ways to ensure that essential services for NCDs continue, even as they fight COVID-19.”

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