WHO Representative Dr Arvind Mathur with Health Minister Honorable Abdulla Nazim Ibrahim launches the Tobacco Cessation Toolkit and NCD Multi Sector Action Plan
A toolkit by the name “National Tobacco Cessation Toolkit” was launched today by WHO Representative Dr Arvind Mathur in the efforts to bring a halt to tobacco usage and consumption in the Maldives. The toolkit is formulated by WHO especially for doctors to help patients looking to break the habit of tobacco consumption.
The toolkit will be made available from all venues providing health care including health centers, clinics, hospitals and even private health institutions. The introduction of this toolkit has the ability to further strengthen the existing methods to advise patients seeking to quit tobacco.
Additionally, a five-year National Non Communicable Disease (NCD) Action Plan was launched during the ceremony by His Excellency Minister of Health Mr Abdulla Nazim Ibrahim. “The National Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non Communicable Diseases” is a plan formulated by the Health Protection Agency with support from WHO to take action in providing awareness to the public on NCDS, which is the amongst the most dangerous and common health problems in the Maldives. The plan is a direct result of many national and international health partners working together and is based on International Health guidelines and regulations adapted to local context.
During his opening remarks, WHO Representative Dr Arvind Mathur distinguished the event as a “momentous occasion” as it is a very critical step in the journey of prevention and control of non communicable disease in the country. Dr Mathur believes that premature deaths and disabilities caused from NCDs including Tobacco and other risk factors can be largely prevented by implementing proven, cost effective measures. He also noted the importance of rolling out the actions outlined in the NCD Multi Sector Action plan to enable early detection and management of NCDs in the island nation. He congratulated the Minister of Health and team for taking the initiative for the launch and extended WHO’s full support to the government in executing these plans.
His Excellency Minister of Health Mr Abdulla Nazim Ibrahim thanked WHO for their unparalleled support and assistance in the fight against NCDS in the country. The Minister noted that both the toolkit and the action plan are means to shed a light on the dangers of NCDS to the people of the Maldives and hoped that it would further reinforce the government’s existing plans for the betterment of health in the country.