RADA Urges Youth To Support Fight Against Non-Communicable Diseases
The Reconciliation and Development Association, RADA has used the global week of action for Non-communicable diseases, NCDs to stress on the importance of accountability among youth as a major asset to stamp out their occurrence in communities.
During a panel discussion to commemorate the global week for action on NCDs, the regional focal point for NCDs at the regional delegation of public health for the North West, Nfor Claudette availed that 20% of persons below the ages of 70 years die of NCDs.
He said diabetes and hypertension form a high call for concern as far as health challenges are concerned in Cameroon while the program on diabetes is at the forefront in tackling NCDs in the country.
For this year 2020 in the fight against NCDs, the theme ‘Accountability’ aims at reawakening people on the dangers of NCDs as well as unite the NCD movement to recognise that accountability is not just in finances but also in what is done when promised.
Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, persons living with NCDs have been the hardest hit and at risk of severe outcomes reasons why in a statement during a press briefing, the president of RADA who doubles as the secretary general of the Cameroon Civil Society Non Communicable Disease Alliance, Sonyuy Ferdinand said there was a need to build the country’s health system to be ready to respond to crisis comprehensively as NCDs form a major cause of poverty and a barrier to economic and social development.
“As RADA, we are affirm that community development is incumbent on a healthy society, hence, call on health, trade, finance, agriculture and other sectors of both government and the society to give heed to the benefits of investing on a healthy workforce and population by acting on NCDs where their responsibility lies,” Sonyuy said.
He added that, “ actions such as the need to put a ban on the sale of alcohol to youth and children below 18 years of age, tax unhealthy products like high sugar and fatty content foods, education on moderate and appropriate feeding by the population, continue to promote physical activity, ban the illegal sales of tobacco and drugs like tramadol and to promote an end to conflicts that inflict mental health stress, pain and suffering”.
“ As a member of the CS NCD Alliance, we are running a national youth NCD Action Network to raise awareness among youths and support them towards walking the talk on NCDs,” the RADA official said.
Ferdinand Sonyuy reiterated that as RADA, they have added their voices to that of the alliance to the efforts being made by the government as well as the entire NCD community in Cameroon to increase access to care for persons living with NCDs and reiterate that more specific interventions needs to be implemented.
RADA has reaffirmed its readiness to support, partner and collaborate with stakeholders to accelerate the implementation of national commitments on NCDs and universal health coverage towards the fulfillment meaningful community development.
To note that non-communicable diseases are silent killers which transmits itself from person to person unlike COVID-19 and are driven largely by risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and harmful use of alcohol.
The global week for action on NCDs was first organized in 2018 ahead of the UN High-Level meeting on NCDs when the NCD movement was mobilized to say enough to preventable death and illness from NCDs. The second edition for action in 2019 took place under the umbrella of the ENOUGH campaign and built on a momentous first year while the Cameroon CS NCD Alliance was created in 2018 after a world diabetes conference in Yaounde in the presence of the Minister of Public Health and the global NCD Alliance.
RADA is a community development organization based in Bamenda with mission to promote community development by building bridges to sustainable solutions in the domains of health, education, agriculture, technology and peace.