The National Council on Non-Communicable Diseases convened yesterday (25) at the Ministry of Health under the patronage of Minister Keheliya Rambukwella.
The National Council was established in 2017 and convenes once every six months.
The Council is chaired by the Minister of Health while advise is meted out by the National Council on Non-Communicable Diseases.
Activities that have been carried out and activities that are planned to be conducted in relation to controlling non-communicable diseases were discussed and reviewed.
The need for a collective effort in the health and non-health sectors to identify risks and ensure prevention to control non-communicable diseases was also raised.
Accordingly, it was noted that steps must be taken to prevent the addition of salt in cooked rice when calling for tenders for food from restaurants for institutions under the Ministry of Health.
Minister Rambukwella also issued directives to the Secretary of the Ministry of Health to hold discussions with the Secretary of the Ministry of Education pertaining to the inclusion of the health studies in at the GCE Ordinary Level Examination.
It was also highlighted that cancer treatments, establishing complete cancer treatment centres in all provinces, and improving cancer patient care by using existing financial methods in an efficient manner is imperative.
The Health Minister instructed officials to prepare short and long-term plans to be implemented to control and prevent non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, strokes, cancer, and mental illnesses.