Obesity, ageing inhabitants behind Punjab’s excessive fatality fee


Vishav Bharti

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 20

Large variety of folks affected by non-communicable ailments, weight problems and rising aged inhabitants are the principle causes behind the excessive Covid fatality fee in Punjab, specialists preserve.

Various surveys previously have discovered that the variety of sufferers affected by non-communicable ailments within the state is among the many highest within the nation.

The surveys carried out by the state Health Department and central businesses have established that each third particular person in Punjab suffers from not less than one non-communicable illness, together with hypertension, diabetes, most cancers, weight problems, and many others. Among these, hypertension and diabetes are essentially the most prevalent.

“High prevalence of non-communicable diseases and other factors put the lives of a large number of people at risk in the present scenario of the Covid-19 pandemic,” mentioned Dr Rajesh Kumar, former head, School of Public Health, PGI, Chandigarh.

In Punjab, round three Covid-positive sufferers out of each 100 confirmed circumstances lose the battle for all times. Thus, the Covid fatality fee within the state is among the highest within the nation.

In all, 2,813 individuals have died within the state as a consequence of Covid previously 9 months. Around 90 per cent of such victims have been affected by co-morbidities.

National Family Health Survey

17.5% inhabitants within the

15-49 years age group suffers ‘barely above regular to very excessive’ hypertension

26% inhabitants on this group overweight & 8.7% diabetic

10% of state’s inhabitants is aged above 60



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