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WHO hands over fitness equipment to MoH to combat Non-Communicable Diseases

WHO hands over fitness equipment to MoH to combat Non-Communicable Diseases

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DILI, 09 march 2022 (TATOLI) – The World Health Organization (WHO) handed over 30 units of outdoor gym equipment to the Ministry of Health (MoH) to be installed in the 12 municipalities, including RAEOA to help communities control and combat the Non-Communicable Diseases (NDS).

“Physical activity is vital to control non-communicable diseases, therefore, outdoor fitness equipment would help communities in the municipalities and RAEOA to combat non-communicable diseases,” WHO Representative to Timor-Leste, Arvind Mathur said at the handover ceremony at the Ministry of Health, in Dili, on tuesday.

According to WHO, physical inactivity is one of the leading risk factors for non-communicable diseases. People who are insufficiently active have a 20% to 30% increased risk of death compared to people who are sufficiently active.

In 2018 WHO launched a new Global Action Plan on Physical Activity 2018-2030 which outlines four policy actions areas and 20 specific policy recommendations and actions for the Member States, international partners, and WHO, to increase physical activity worldwide.

The global action plan calls for countries, cities, and communities to adopt a ‘whole-of-system’ response involving all sectors and stakeholders taking action at global, regional, and local levels to provide safe and supportive environments and more opportunities to help people increase their levels of physical activity.

At the same place, the Vice Minister of Health, Bonifacio Maucoli dos Reis said that many Timorese people are insufficiently physically active, leading many to suffer from non-communicable diseases.

According to the data of the WHO, NCDs are estimated to account for 45% of all deaths.

“Regular physical activity is proven to help prevent and manage non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and several cancers,” he said.

The open-door fitness equipment would be distributed and installed at the Ministry of State Administration (MAE), Lorosa’e National University (UNTL), Comoro Roundabout, Becora, the Secretary of State for Youth and Sports (SEJD), Lahane Healthcare Center, Baucau, Aileu, Ainaro, Bobonaro, Manatuto, Manufahi, Viqueque, Liquiça, Covalima, Ermera, Lautem, and RAEOA.

Journalist: Felicidade Ximenes

Editor: Florencio Miranda Ximenes/Rafy Belo

Translation: Filomeno Martins

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