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Govt has prioritized prevention of non-communicable diseases : Pavithra at WHO Global Meeting

Pavithra Wanniarachi WHO Global Meeting

Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine Services, Minister of Women, Child affairs and Social Security of Sri Lanka Pavithra Wanniarachchi has observed that the incumbent government has prioritized the prevention and control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in its national health agenda.

She added that the Ministry of Health had established a National NCD Council to coordinate and monitor the progress of National Multi-sectoral Action Plan for Prevention and Control of NCDs 2016-2020.

She made this observation at a panel discussion of the High-level Segment of the Global Meeting Global Meeting of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) and Mental Health held in the Sultanate of Oman from 9 to 12 December 2019.

The goal of the WHO Global Meeting was to accelerate progress on SDG target 3.4 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to reduce premature mortality from NCDs and the promotion of mental health and well-being. The Meeting also focused on sharing success stories and challenges in countries.

More than 150 countries with selected UN partners and civil society, the private sector, philanthropies, academia and donors participated.

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