Tanzanian Vice-President Samia Suluhu Hassan will next week launch a national physical fitness campaign aimed at curbing non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including diabetes, cancer and heart diseases, a senior government official said Sunday.
Ummy Mwalimu, the east African nation's Minister for Health, said the campaign was intended to encourage Tanzanians to cultivate the habit of doing regular physical exercises.
Lack of physical exercises, tobacco smoking, harmful use of alcohol and unhealthy diets are among the risk factors for the rise of the NCDs in Tanzania, health experts have said.
The prevalence of NCDs has been on the rise worldwide for the past two decades, killing 38 million people globally each year, according to World Health Organization.
Heri Tungaraza, an oncologist at the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH), said currently there was substantial evidence that tied physical exercise to lower risk for colon, breast and prostate cancer.
"Other studies show how heart diseases and diabetes could be tamed through exercising regularly," said Tungaraza.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK