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Sunday, 27 May 2012





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Non-communicable diseases high among schoolchildren

The Ayurveda Department of the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) is of the view that over 80 percent of schoolchildren who seek Ayurveda treatments from the CMC health units have high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, kidney troubles and high cholesterol levels due to environmental pollution.

CMC Chief Medical Officer Dr. Padmashanthi Weeratunga told the Sunday Observer that in addition to environmental pollution, excessive stress and consumption of fast food by children are also the reasons for children suffering from such non-communicable diseases.

She said parents and elders should pay close attention to the health condition of children and steps should be taken to refer them to health units at the first sign of trouble.

She said children like fast food, but parents should discourage them from having fast food all the time.

It is the duty of parents to discourage them from consuming fast foods, considering health issues.

Dr. Weeratunga said as an interim measure, to reduce the percentage of children falling victims to these non-communicable diseases, medical teams comprising physicians, pharmacists and nurses have been deployed to visit homes, especially in shanties and slums where children live under unhygienic conditions.

She also paid attention to young schoolchildren being engaged in numerous activities for longer periods even under unhygienic conditions and said that parents should keep a close tab on such situations.



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