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NCDs increase amid national COVID-19 fight

  • Ardila Syakriah and Dian Septiari

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 17 2020   /  01:00 am
Nearly three quarters of all deaths in 2016 were caused by non-communicable diseases, with heart disease related to restricted blood flow -- 9.5 million deaths -- the single biggest killer of all.(Shutterstock/File)

A recent global study has shown a drastic increase in the contribution of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) to Indonesia’s total health loss and premature deaths over the past three decades, following a global trend that researchers worry could leave populations vulnerable to COVID-19 and future pandemics.   The findings are detailed in the 2019 Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD), coordinated by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) of the University of Washington, and were published in The Lancet on Oct. 15. The study analyzed 286 causes of death, 369 diseases and injuries and 87 risk factors in 204 countries and territories, which researchers said could paint a picture of whether populations were prepared for the impacts of COVID-19. Researchers said the interaction of COVID-19 with rising chronic illnesses and related risk factors, suc...