More than 100 countries have promised to do just as mentioned in the title of this article. During a meeting that took place in Uruguay, they unanimously agreed that they would try to reduce illnesses such as lung diseases, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and certain types of cancer.
The World Health Organization (WHO) highly esteemed this act and the commitment of all the nations that took part in this agreement to take immediate actions to reduce the death toll caused from these non-contagious diseases. As we can recall, more than 40 million people worldwide die due to these 4 diseases. The goal is to reduce that figure by at least three-quarters by the year 2030.
The agreement will look for ways to avoid premature death caused from these non-communicable diseases. Of the 40 million individuals worldwide that suffer from these diseases, more than half of them are between the ages of 30 and 70 years old, and 18% of them are from countries that are below the poverty level.
The highest authority of the WHO pointed out that it is terrifying to see how cancer and diabetes affects individuals that have little to no economic possibilities to afford the expensive medical treatments. The governments of the countries involved in this agreement must look for a way to prevent these diseases in the first place and then make sure that their population can receive adequate medical care for treatment of their illnesses. By failing to follow through with this accord will result in going against this worldwide of sustainable development.
This accord emphasized the need to act in a coherent and coordinated effort from all of the societies and involved sectors involved. As there are many factors that influence the lack of adequate medical attention that are often overlooked by the corresponding health minister and the health care system. For this reason, each part of the society should fulfill their important role.
A high percentage of deaths caused by non-communicable diseases would not happen if they had taken drastic measures against using tobacco and alcohol, fast food and lack of physical activity and pollution.
We must stop prioritizing the commercial needs above the needs of our citizens having a healthy life; this requires a real political leader to bring this about.
The host country Uruguay is considered to be a pioneer in applying this new protocol to remove any informal commercialization of tobacco. It is fundamental that other countries begin to follow this accord as soon as possible.