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Experts laud inclusion of NCDs in draft National Health Policy

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Advocate key intervention strategies to address growing burden

Medical practitioners and health policy analysts across India have strongly advocated the need for an integrated action plan to address the growing burden of non communicable diseases (NCDs) in the country.

While lauding the inclusion of NCDs for the first time in the draft National Health Policy 2015, it is being termed as a formative step towards achieving the vision of healthy India. The health experts emphasised that it is important to have a result-oriented action plan, with specific focus on awareness and early diagnosis, systematic approach to NCDs, healthcare financing, and training and development of healthcare workers and paramedical staff.

Underlining the need for an integrated action plan for NCDs in India, Dr Kenneth Thorpe, Chairman of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Diseases (PFCD) sa