NCDs huge burden on economy

MUSCAT: The Ministry of Health has affirmed that non-communicable diseases (NCDs) constitute a huge burden on the state treasury being among the top health problems in the Sultanate. Also known as non-infectious or non-transmissible diseases are by far the leading cause of death in the world, representing 63 per cent of all annual deaths. Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) kill more than 36 million people each year. Based on that the Directorate-General of Planning and Studies at the ministry has decided to conduct a survey on NCDs.