“Even before the pandemic began, we have been facing an unacceptable loss of lives due to non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The silent epidemic of NCDs was evident with NCDs behind 40 per cent of all hospital stays,” Apollo Hospitals Group Chairman Prathap C Reddy said.
“We can overcome NCDs together as a country, only if each and every one of us take our health seriously,” he added.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the United Nations recognises NCDs as a major challenge for sustainable development with the target to reduce premature mortality from NCDs by one-third by 2030, Apollo Hospitals Group said.
“With the urgent need to respond to the challenge of non-communicable diseases, we cannot afford a pure treatment and curative approach to health. We believe that a focus on prevention will be transformative for the health of the nation,” Apollo Hospitals Group joint MD Sangita Reddy said.