Urbanisation among reasons for rise in diseases like cancer

Friday, Aug 5, 2016,14:44 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Urbanisation, air pollution and change in lifestyle are among the reasons for rise in incidence of non-communicable diseases including cancer and diabetes, the government said in Lok Sabha Friday.

Health Minister J P Nadda said cardiovascular, respiratory and diarrheal diseases as well as cancer were the major causes of death during 2010-2013 periods.

Non-communicable diseases like cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases etc. are on the rise, he said during Question Hour.

This is due to many factors like urbanisation, change in lifestyle, tobacco use, obesity, inappropriate diet, physical inactivity, alcohol consumption, high blood pressure and air pollution, the Minister said.

Between 2004-06 to 2010-13, Nadda said the share of cardiovascular, respiratory and digestive diseases in the top ten major cause groups have increased while the estimated mortality of cancer cases have also shown an increase.

When a Congress member raised concerns that patients are not properly treated at some government hospitals, Nadda said the Centre provides financial and technical support at the grass root level while the implementation of programmes lies with the state government concerned.

The Centre wants to ensure that there is rightful utilisation of funds and the Member of Parliament concerned is empowered in this regard, he added.

Replying to a question by a TMC member about shortage of doctors at government hospitals, Nadda said it is the state government which has to see that doctors are appointed.

He said Health Minister’s Cancer Patient Fund Corporate Social Responsibility account has been set up to engage institutions wanting to provide financial assistance towards health care under their CSR initiatives.

An amount of Rs 7.5 crore has been mobilised from corporate sector during 2015-16 and 2016-17 so far, Nadda said.

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