By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter
The Ministry of Health (MOH) this month advised Belizeans on pertinent public health issues, through its December publication of its Health Bulletin.
The latest edition of the bulletin, published by Central Health Region-Belize District, covered topics such as the top communicable and non-communicable diseases, the rising obesity trend, and infant mortality.
The top communicable diseases were: Gastroenterritis, Conjunctivitis (pink eye), Vaginitis, and Scabies; while the top non-communicable diseases were: Hypertension, Asthma, Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Cerebral Vascular Disease.
The report presented findings from a study done by the Central Health Region, which concluded that in 2015, 64.2 percent of the people living in the Belize district are either overweight or obese. The data also showed that some 7.4 percent were underweight.
The MOH reminds Belizeans that being either overweight or obese increases the risk of conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and hormonal issues.
According to the MOH, Belize’s informant mortality rate has skyrocketed within the past year, showing an 81.2 percent increase from January to October 2015, when compared to the same period in 2014.
The number of infant deaths for 2015 totaled 29: 10 of which were in children between ages 0-6 days; 9 between 7-27 days, and 10 between 28 days and 11 months.
Apart from the data, the ministry also issue public health tips on keeping healthy during the holidays. Those tips included avoiding foods high in sugar, drinking lots of water, and substituting unhealthy snacks with fruit.