The National Secretary, Diabetes Association of Nigeria, Comrade Bernard Enyia, has disclosed that diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular diseases are responsible for 29 per cent of deaths in Nigeria.
Enyia disclosed this in a webinar organised by the National Action on Sugar Reduction.
According to Enyia, 38.7 million litres of soft drinks are sold yearly in Nigeria, which according to him, are contributors to the prevalence of non-communicable related diseases (NCD).
He said excessive sugar-sweetened beverages is linked to many non-communicable diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure.
Enyia further advocated for the introduction of an excise duty of 20 per cent on sugar-sweetened beverages such as carbonated soft drinks and energy drinks.
He said the revenue from the tax should be used to fund the prevention and treatment of non-communicable diseases.
“Nigeria is ranked fourth highest soft drink consuming country in the world.
“Also, 29 per cent of deaths in Nigeria are NCD related (diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular diseases). $4.5 billion is spent yearly by Nigerians on the treatment of diabetes only one of a number of NCDs.
“Excessive sugar-sweetened beverages consumption is linked to many NCDs, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure,” he said.