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CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES, DIABETES AND CANCER COST NEARLY RM 9 BILLION PRODUCTIVITY LOSSES ANNUALLY TO MALAYSIAN ECONOMY

A report from the Ministry of Health (MOH) Malaysia and the World Health Organization (WHO) reveal that noncommunicable (NCDs), particularly cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and cancer, cost the Malaysian economy upwards of RM 8.91 billion, equivalent to about 0.65% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) for the year of 2020.

Tobacco use, unhealthy diet, harmful use of alcohol and physical inactivity are modifiable behavioural risk factors that increase the risk of NCDs. In the report, unhealthy diet contributed to two third (68.9%) of the costs of lost productivity due to premature deaths from cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) while tobacco use contributed to more than one third (36.9%) of losses.  Tobacco use also contributed to the highest proportion of the losses from cancer (15%).

Member States recognized the importance of tackling NCDs to achieve sustainable development. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development called for the reduction of premature mortality from NCDs by one-third through prevention and control measures. The Malaysian Government has taken on this challenge by implementing the National Strategic Plan for Non-Communicable Disease 2016-2025 as well as associated national strategies and plans aiming at reducing risk factors for NCDs.

Download the full report here