City Desk : State Minister for Information Dr Murad Hasan laid emphasis on launching awareness campaign across the country for preventing and controlling the spread of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). "Non-Communicable diseases are increasing alarmingly in the countryâ€¦ We all should work together for checking the diseases," he said this while speaking at a workshop on "Health Journalism" at the Bangladesh Press Institute in the city.Bangladesh Manobidhikar Sangbadik Forum (BMSF) in cooperation with USAID and Ujjibon recently organized the day-long workshop, where a large number of journalists from print, electronic and online media participated. Director General of PIB Zafar Wazed, President of BMSF Enamul Kabir Rupom, General Secretary Khairuzzaman Kamal, Journalist Selim Samad were present with President of Bangladesh Health Reporters Forum Toufiq Maruf in the chair. Dr Murad said, "The increasing trend of Non-Communicable Diseases is a global phenomenon due to people's unhealthy lifestyle patternâ€¦ Life-threatening non-communicable diseases are diabetes, cancers, high blood pressure, kidney ailment and heart-disease." Among these common non-communicable diseases, diabetes is alone responsible for many killer diseases, he said adding, diabetes affects different key organs of the human body. Referring to genetic factors of different NCDs, the state minister said many factors including poor lifestyle and fast food consumption are the key reason for developing these non-communicable diseases. Journalists should write about the various aspects of non-commutable diseases so that people would be aware about these diseases. Dr Murad said Bangladesh has witnessed a remarkable progress in the health sector as the present government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has implemented massive programmes in the past 10 years. "Community Clinic is a brainchild of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasinaâ€¦ It (community clinic) is now a role model for the world as rural people are getting primary healthcare from community clinics," he added
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