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MONTEVIDEO, President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has arrived in Montevideo, Uruguay, to attend the World Health Organization (WHO) global conference on non communicable diseases (NCDs).

NCDs such as cancer and diabetes are also known as chronic diseases and they are not passed from person to person. The conference, which opens on Wednesday, seeks to deliberate issues on prevention and treatment as a way to reducing deaths from NCDs.

NCDs are one of the major health challenges and according to the WHO, in 2015 they were responsible for 40 million deaths, representing 70 per cent of all deaths worldwide. The WHO believes that 15 million of the deaths caused by chronic illnesses were premature and could have been prevented.

Zimbabwe is one of the lower income countries where the probability of dying from NCDs between the ages of 30 and 70 is up to four times higher than in developed countries. According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care, the burden of NCDs in Zimbabwe is increasing, with cancer now killing more people than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.

On average, about 7,000 cancer cases are recorded each year in Zimbabwe, killing an average of 2,000 patients, with cervical cancer accounting for 20 per cent of all the deaths. The majority of cancer patients die because they cannot afford the cost of treatment of the disease, for instance chemotherapy, which costs several thousands of dollars.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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