Indonesia’s Economic Growth Raises Health Concerns

The Indonesian Doctors Association is warning of health risks associated with the country’s continuing economic growth.

Priyo Sidipratomo, chairman of the association, also known as the (IDI), said on Thursday that although the threat of infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis continued, degenerative and vascular diseases now also posed major risks as Indonesia’s middle class continued to expand.

Speaking at the Vice Presidential Palace in Jakarta, Priyo said he had warned Vice President Boediono that if Indonesia did not anticipate the changing health dangers, Indonesia would suffer “very heavy losses” in the future.

He said the national health survey had shown that non infectious diseases, such as heart and vascular diseases, were now major killers.

He said unhealthy lifestyles, including fast and fatty foods, were behind the increase.

Source: The Jakarta Globe