Speech at the launch of salt intake of the population –reduce approach survey, by Dr Soe Nyunt-U, WR Mongolia

Honourable Deputy Minister of Health Dr Amarsanaa,
MCA health project director of Dr Munkhtaivan
Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentleman
Today is an important day for us as we gather here to launch the report of Survey on Salt intake of the population-reduce approach in Mongolia. Firstly, I would like to express my sincere thanks to our partners Ministry Of Health, Millennium Challenge Account and National Public Health Centre for their great contributions towards planning, conducting and compiling this important report and made it available to policy makers, research workers, public health practitioners, civil society organizations and whole public.
As you are all aware, non–communicable diseases (or NCD) such as heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes and some preventable cancers are the major causes of mortality and morbidity in Mongolia and attribute largely towards the high level of health care expenditure including social and economic burden to the families and communities. The same time many lines of investigation provide evidence for the causal relationship between salt intake and cardiovascular diseases which is the leading cause of death and disability. In this regards, the findings presented in this survey of salt intake of the population approach will greatly contribute towards planning, implementation and evaluation of the national noncommunicable diseases prevention and control programme and national salt reduction programme.
The survey found that the salt intake of a Mongolian person was 2 times higher (11.1g) than the WHO recommended level and 83.6% of the Mongolian population consume over 5g salt per day. One of the most cost-effective measures for reducing the burden of NCD is reducing population salt intake. WHO is encouraging all countries to reduce the average salt intake per person to less than 5 g/day by designing national salt reduction strategies. National salt reduction programmes that encourage behaviour change have enormous potential to prevent chronic disease and lower blood pressure at a fraction of the cost of drug therapies for hypertension. Such programmes should be a national health priority for all countries with high incidence of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
. WHO has identified reducing salt intake as one of the aprroaches for NCD prevention and control and given a lot of importance on it. For example, it has implemented “Pinch salt” project successfully under the ‘Stroke and Heart attack project’ between 2010 and 2013 and organized many organized to change Mongolians traditional dietary pattern in collabotration with not only health organizations but also representatives from other sectors, food processing and catering indutries as well all individuals.
I hope that survey findings and lessons learnt in implementation of national programme will be useful for the further actions.
I wish you all the best and hope that all our partners will join hands with us in the prevention of NCD in Mongolia and globally.
Thank you for all of you and wish you all the best and very healthy life.