(AsiaNews) - Smoking, drinking, a sedentary lifestyle and bad eating habits are
the main cause of death in Sri Lanka, said Palitha Mahipala, assistant
secretary in the Health Ministry, as he announced a LKR 300 million (US$ 2.3
million) prevention and public awareness campaign.
1,250 births occur per day in the country, nearly 1,000 deaths are reported,"
he said. "Of these, 65 per cent are due to non-communicable diseases" like premature
heart diseases, strokes, cancer and diabetes.
a population of 21 million, 56 per cent of all deaths are due to cardio-vascular
diseases and injuries sustained in accidents, 10.6 per cent to smoking and 26
per cent to lack of exercise.
eating habits are a leading cause of non-communicable diseases: 39.2 per cent of
all deaths are due to high blood pressure, 8.8 per cent to high blood glucose, and
21.9 per cent to obesity.
Such health problems can be prevented or controlled to
a great extent if people led healthy lifestyles, Mahipala said.
government plans seminars to educate youth leaders in 25 districts. Two youth
leaders will be selected in each district to raise public awareness. (MMP)