JICA study finds 36 pc of Lankans suffering from high blood pressureMarch 5, 2013, 9:09 pm
By Don Asoka Wijewardena
The Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA), which conducted comprehensive research on Non-Communicable Diseases in Sri Lanka, has revealed that 36 per cent of the total population in the country was suffering from hypertension and vascular diseases and die due to unhealthy food patterns.
JICA has categorically shown that physical inactivity, excessive smoking and consumption of high quantities of salt could be attributed to a dramatic increase in NCDs.
Director General of Health Services Dr. Palitha Maheepala, who received the final research findings of the JICA, at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute yesterday, said that the free health care services in Sri Lanka was on par with those in advanced countries. The Sri Lankan government was indebted to the JICA for conducting comprehensive research on NCDs in the country.
He pointed out that according to the report an average Lankan consumed 6.7 grammes of salt per a day. It was harmful as the recommended salt intake for a person per day was only 2.2 grammes. Fried food items and junk food sold on the waysides should be avoided. Red meat, egg yolk, butter and whole milk could also contribute to high blood pressure.
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