non-communicable-diseases.jpgGovernment and the private sector have been urged to collaborate in initiatives which will combat non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Zimbabwe.

This was said by the Minister in the Office of Vice President John Nkomo, Cde Flora Buka, who was guest of honour at a Non-communicable Diseases Conference held at Africa Unity Square in Harare on Tuesday.

Health Advisor in the Office of the President and Cabinet, Dr Timothy Stamps said there is a need for a national awareness to fight NCDs.

The conference which ran until this Wednesday, was organised by Dr Stamps, with the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare and the Zimbabwe Afro Medical and Health Expo.

World-wide, non-communicable diseases such as heart diseases, diabetes, and cancer currently represent 43% of the burden of diseases.

It is projected that by 2020, non-communicable diseases will be responsible for 73% of all deaths.