Kerala bags UN award on prevention and control of NCDsSeptember 30, 2020 0 By FM
The Health and Family Welfare Ministry of Kerala secured a United Nations award on for its “outstanding contribution” towards the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.
UN Inter-Agency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases (UNIATF) annual awards recognise outstanding contributions towards the NCD-related Sustainable Development Goals.
The award, announced by World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, recognises achievements during 2019 on the multisectoral action in the prevention and control of NCDs, mental health and the wider NCD-related sustainable development goals (SDGs).
The award was a recognition of the lifestyle disease control mechanism in Kerala, and the treatment and free services received by a large section of the population, the state government said in an official release.
Kerala arranged facilities from the basic public health centres to hospitals at all levels to treat the lifestyle diseases, said the state health minister K K Shailaja in the statement.
The southern Indian state could control the death rate during the COVID-19 period as the health authorities were able to focus on the NCDs, she added.
This is the first time the state has been recognised for this annual award, reports said Other than Kerala, the NCD Division of the Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria; Health Directorate, St. Helena Secretariat of Health, Mexico; Ministry of Health, Armenia; Ministry of Health, Russia; Department of Health and Social Care, United Kingdom are among the seven ministries of health across the world.