Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) remain the biggest risk for people even in the years of the COVID-19 pandemic, said Kremlin Wickramasinghe, head of the WHO European office for prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
“More than two-thirds of all deaths are caused by non-communicable diseases either with or without COVID,” he said. – The issue of premature deaths – those occurring before the age of 70, that is, while still of working age – is also important. In this situation, more than 80% of cases are caused by non-communicable diseases.
According to him, the mortality rate among males is higher than among females, and this is typical for all countries.
According to WHO, the main causes of death in Eastern Europe are cardiovascular diseases and hypertension, stressed Kremlin Wickramasinghe.