Jakarta (ANTARA) - Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy stated that the Healthy Living Community Movement (Germas) is the main core in controlling risk factors for non-communicable diseases in order to create quality human resources.

"Germas is the main core for controlling disease risk factors in society in order to produce quality human resources," he noted at the Germas Award in Jakarta on Tuesday.

The minister remarked that non-communicable diseases, such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and obesity, should become a common concern.

Based on the 2019 Global Burden of Disease, non-communicable diseases were the highest contributor to cases of death and disability in Indonesia.

"Cases of non-communicable diseases increased from 2013 to 2018. The number of people with hypertension increased to 34.1 percent, diabetes mellitus patients increased to 8.5 percent, and the proportion of people with obesity also increased to 31 percent," he remarked.

In addition, based on data from the Ministry of Health (IndonesiaKu Healthy Application data) as of December 2, 2022, out of 6,270,759 people that conducted early detection of non-communicable diseases, some 2,453,689 people, or 39.13 percent, were obese; 1,941,170 people, or 30.96 percent, suffered from hypertension; and 138,415 people, or 2.21 percent, were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

In connection with this, Effendy said that disseminating information on clean and healthy living behaviors through the Healthy Living Community Movement can prevent various health problems.

"Let us disseminate information on a healthy lifestyle, because unhealthy lifestyles such as lack of physical activity, consuming lots of high sugar, salt, fat, and unhealthy food, and smoking can increase the risk of non-communicable diseases," he stated.

The minister noted that the Germas culture required awareness, willingness, and the ability of all parties to get used to healthy living behavior in accordance with Presidential Instruction Number 1 of 2017 on the Healthy Living Community Movement.

Effendy said that the movement includes seven steps: conducting physical activity, eating fruits and vegetables, not smoking, not consuming alcoholic beverages, carrying out periodic health checks, keeping the environment clean, and using latrines.

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