Deaths linked to NCDs

SEVEN police officers have died since January this year, of which five deaths are linked to non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

This was revealed by Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho following the deaths of two senior police officers this morning.

COMPOL said the force lost more than 10 police officers to NCDs annually.

“For the periods from 2016 to 2018, 48 police deaths were recorded, and from this figure, 43 deaths were directly linked to NCDs,” Brig-Gen Qiliho said.

“In 2016, 17 police deaths were recorded, 15 of which were linked to NCDs.

“In 2017 all 13 deaths were due to NCD’s and in 2018, 15 of the 18 deaths were as a result of NCDs.”

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