Non-infectious diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension and cancer, account for 60 per cent of annual deaths, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports.
The ministry drafted a five-year national strategy starting from 2017 with aid from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the HelpAge International to treat non-infectious diseases.
The strategy will be integrated in the national health plan to meet the WHO’s goals to reduce instances of non-infectious diseases by 2025.
The Public Health Department said the instances of cardiac diseases, diabetes, hypertension and cancers became more common over the last decade due to changing lifestyle and diet.
The WHO said over 382 million people around the world had diabetes and one died every six seconds from the disease.
The country conducted a survey about non-infectious diseases in 2014 and found that over 70,000 people died annually from cancer and tuberculosis due to chewing tobacco leaves and smoking.
Ei Thinzar Kyaw