The recently launched Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Alliance Lanka (NCDAL), part of the Global NCD Alliance, formed in keeping with the NCD Global Action Plan has noted that injuries accounted for 14% of deaths in the country.

The other causes of deaths involve heart diseases (40%), communicable diseases (11%), cancers (10%), lung diseases (8%), diabetes (7%) and 10% due to other NCDs.

The NCDAL has noted that the country was fast moving into an epidemic of ‘lifestyle illnesses’ known as NCDs resulting in cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, chronic respiratory disease and addiction to tobacco and alcohol.

“The common factor is that they are preventable,” an official of the NCDAL said. “It is in the hands of the individual who has to be empowered to cooperate through behavioural changes”.

According to the NCDAL intervention from the government and civil society are required to address and reverse these trends while an effective health promotion system is needed to prevent, control and treat NCDs.