WHO: OVER 1.2 MILLION ADOLESCENTS DIE EVERY YEAR, NEARLY ALL PREVENTABLE

Geneva – World health Organization (WHO) said that more than 3000 adolescents die every day, totalling 1.2 million deaths a year, from largely preventable causes.

In 2015, more than two-thirds of these deaths occurred in low- and middle-income countries in Africa and South-East Asia. Road traffic injuries, lower respiratory infections, and suicide are the biggest causes of death among adolescents, according to WHO report.

The report added that most of these deaths can be prevented with good health services, education and social support, pointing that, in many cases, adolescents who suffer from mental health disorders, substance use, or poor nutrition cannot obtain critical prevention and care services � either because the services do not exist, or because they do not know about them.

In addition, many behaviours that impact health later in life, such as physical inactivity, poor diet, and risky sexual health behaviours, begin in adolescence.

Assistant Director-General of WHO Dr. Flavia Bustreo said: “Adolescents have been entirely absent from national health plans for decades.” “Relatively small investments focused on adolescents now will not only result in healthy and empowered adults who thrive and contribute positively to their communities, but it will also result in healthier future generations, yielding enormous returns,” she added. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency

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