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Increase tax for soft drink – NASR

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Di National Action on Sugar Reduction, group wey dey advocate for increment of tax ontop sugar sweetend drink today get press release to take mark dis year World Diabetes Day “Education to Protect Tomorrow”.

Di event wey gather different media house and also professionals take place for Abuja today.

One major thing wey dem dey demand na to make sure say government use di money wey dey come through di tax on sugar sweetened drinks well and also for obodo naija to take increase di tax from 10 naira per one liter of drink to 30 naira.

See di full press release as dem take talkam for plenty grammar:

“Section 1: Every year on 14 November, people around the world mark World Diabetes Day.

“The theme this year’s commemoration is Education to Protect Tomorrow.

“Six million Nigerians are living with diabetes; another 8.2 million Nigerians have impaired glucose tolerance, which is a major risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes.

“Type 2 Diabetes is a chronic non-communicable disease. Which means it can last many years; in many cases, for the rest of the patient’s life.

“Nigeria has the highest diabetes prevalence in Africa. Type 2 diabetes is more common, accounting for over 90% of diabetes cases in the country.

“As the population ages and people shift towards modern diets, diabetes will become an even more significant health problem in Nigeria.

“This year’s World Diabetes Day, theme spotlights the need for diabetes education.

“Diabetes is a serious disease with potential for deadly complications that damages the kidneys, heart, eyes and limbs. The disease is linked to such behaviour as eating an unhealthy diet and consuming sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs).

“These behaviours lead to obesity, an important risk factor for diabetes. Quality diabetes education is crucial for improving the lives of Nigerians living with diabetes.

“Health professionals, policymakers, the media, civil society, caregivers, as well as people living with diabetes, need to be educated about the disease.

“Health professionals must know how to detect the disease correctly and counsel at-risk patients on ways to prevent the onset of diabetes.

“Policymakers must be armed with critical information to influence health policies that protect people living with diabetes and prevent it among the population.

“Educating the media, civil society and members of the public will dispel misunderstanding around the issue and strengthen advocacy for health policies to protect people with diabetes and those at risk.

“People living with diabetes need ongoing education to improve their quality of life, access care and prevent the complications that can arise from the disease.

“Section 2: The complications of type 2 diabetes – high blood pressure, kidney failure, heart disease, blindness and limb amputation – place a great financial burden on people living with the disease.

“They also increase pressure on Nigeria’s under-funded health system. In Nigeria, out-of-pocket spending for healthcare comes to about 77% of healthcare payments.

“Nigeria’s urban poor and low-income groups cannot afford the costs of living with a disease that threatens their lives and empties their pockets. In many families, great sacrifices must be made to cover the cost of managing the disease.

“Having identified the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages as a risk factor for the development of type 2 diabetes and other non-communicable diseases, the government of Nigeria introduced a 10 naira per litre exercise tax on all non-alcoholic, carbonated sweetened beverages.

” The introduction of the SSB tax was a welcome addition to the package of interventions implemented to tackle NCDs in Nigeria.

“The SSB tax will discourage consumption by raising the prices of SSBs.SSB tax also create a “signalling effect,” meaning that the introduction of the tax can “convey information about the health risks of consuming SSBs.”

“When people wonder why a tax has been introduced, they can seek and gain further information about the harmful effects of consuming SSBs. Such a signalling effect can yield positive educational returns.

“Another potential benefit of the SSB tax is that revenue can be directed towards the provision of healthcare to serve impoverished Nigerians living with diabetes.

“Proper policymakers education will support the introduction of protective policies like the SSB tax and further improve existing ones.

“It is essential, for example for policymakers to understand the limitations of the current SSB tax, one major one being that the tax only covers carbonated sweetened beverages, commonly known as soft drinks.

“However, the consumption of other beverages such as juice drinks, concentrates and chocolate drinks also increase the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

“For greater health impact, the tac definition must be extended to include other sweetened beverages.

“In addition to this, the current 10 naira per litre rate is unlikely to raise SSB prices by a margin high enough to discourage purchase of sugary drinks.

“The National Action on Sugar Reduction recommends that, for more substantial health effects, the SSB tax rate be increased to at least 30 naira per litre.

“Type 2 diabetes is a deadly disease. Nevertheless, it is preventable.

“On occasion such as World Diabetes Day, we are reminded that each of us has a part to play: healthcare professionals, civil society, the government, policymakers, people living with diabetes and representatives of the media.

As this year’s theme emphasizes, we must focus on equipping ourselves with the information we need to prevent the disease and protect our future.”

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