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* Health committee of experts to look into rising deaths due to non-communicable diseases in Sri Lanka
Thu, Jul 15, 2010, 08:31 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka Ministry of Health has taken measures to appoint a committee of experts to look into the rise in deaths due to non-communicable diseases.

The objective of the committee is to advise the Ministry to implement a national policy to control the non-communicable diseases.

The committee will comprise 20 experts including the secretary, the additional secretary (medical services) and the director of non-communicable diseases section of the Ministry, the professor of community health science of Colombo University and the residential officer of the World Health Organization.

All countries in the world are facing a threat of 50% increase in non-communicable diseases in the coming decade.

According to Health Ministry statistics 300-400 people in Sri Lanka die of non-communicable diseases per day. The commonest diseases are diabetes, high blood pressure, strokes, and cancer.

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