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Malaysia loses almost RM9 bln in annual productivity to non-communicable diseases

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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 8  2020: Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) cost the Malaysian economy more than RM8.91 billion annually, or about 0.65 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah today quoted a joint report by Health Ministry and World Health Organisation to say that other than productivity losses, NCDs also place a serious health burden on the country.

“This is an intangible cost that is estimated to be around RM100.79 billion, equivalent to 7.35 per cent of GDP,” he said.

The report, titled The Impact of Noncommunicable Diseases and Their Risk Factors on Malaysia’s Gross Domestic Product, utilised data from 2017.

According to the report, unhealthy diet contributed 68.9 per cent of the costs of lost productivity due to premature deaths from cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) while illnesses caused by tobacco consumption contributed 36.9 per cent. 

The public can submit comments on the report at drarunah@moh.gov.my before Oct 1.

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