Cambodian PM Urges for Attention to Noncommunicable Diseases

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen this afternoon re-appealed for attention to noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), especially diabetes.

In his address to the closing ceremony of the 42nd Health Conference in Phnom Penh, Samdech Techo Hun Sen said diabetes can be one of the concerns as there are many different energy drinks imported to Cambodia.

“I would like to alert people to this problem, especially some singers who often promote different energy drinks. One day, they are invited to promote a brand and tomorrow, another brand, and they always taste them, which could lead to diabetes,” he underlined. “Please be careful, health is very important.”

The Premier took the opportunity to remind relevant officials to inspect all goods imported into Cambodia, especially food and medicine. “The inspection must be precise, we cannot let Cambodians on whom drugs from other countries are tested,” he said.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), diabetes cases are seemingly on rise in Cambodia. More than 430,000 Cambodia people aged 20-79 are living with diabetes, while the number of deaths from the disease has risen to 3,362, or about 3.75 percent of the annual death toll.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse