Health Ministry envisages to develop strategies to reduce salt intake

The Ministry of Health and Quality of Life is envisaging to develop strategies to reduce salt intake in diets as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Key salt reduction measures have been identified as one of the most cost-effective measures countries can take to improve population health outcomes.

 

It is pointed that CVD is the leading cause of death and disability in the world, killing 17.5 million people a year, that is a third of all deaths on the planet and half of all non-communicable-disease-related deaths. Around 80% of these deaths are in low and middle-income countries where human and financial resources are least able to address the CVD burden. The WHO has estimated that by 2030, around 23,6 million of people will die from CVD each year.

Concern is expressed concern over the increasing number of CVD which were responsible for 32,3% of total deaths in 2017. He recalled that CVD and diabetes were the two principal causes of death in Mauritius last year, with 1,850 people having died with CVD complications. CVD remain a principal cause of admissions in hospitals in the country adding that the number of operations for CVD has increased from 641 in 2006 to 1,294 in 2017.

Hence the need to take care of our heart by controlling the main risk factors namely tobacco use, unhealthy diet, high cholesterol level, hypertension, physical inactivity and harmful use of alcohol. Statistics from the Non-Communicable Diseases Report 2015 reveal that in Mauritius, 22,8% of the population suffer from diabetes and 19,4% is pre-diabetic. The prevalence of hypertension is 28,4%, 19,1% is obese and 35,2% is overweight. Only 23,7% of the population are physically active while 52,8% consume alcohol and 19,3% smoke cigarettes. In view of the alarming situation, the Minister of Health and Quality of Life called on the population to change their eating habits by consuming healthier meals and to be more physically active.

 

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