�NCDs make up 37% of deaths in Botswana�

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SELEBI-PHIKWE: The World Health Organisation’s Information and Promotion Officer, Moagi Gaborone, says Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) account for 37 percent of deaths from disease annually in Botswana.

Speaking during the BCL mine’s Wellness Fair in Selebi-Phikwe over the weekend, Gaborone said that for some time now, the world has been focused on HIV/AIDS and almost neglecting non- communicable diseases in the process.

He added that 18 percent of these deaths are due to cardiovascular diseases, eight percent due to injuries while five percent is due to cancers; four percent due to diabetes and two percent to chronic respiratory diseases.

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