National Non-communicable Disease Monitoring Survey (NNMS) – Key Findings

Recently, the National Non-communicable Disease Monitoring Survey (NNMS) has been released. It is the largest comprehensive national Survey on health systems preparedness of NCDs and risk factors along with the framework on the use of telemedicine for diabetes, cancer, heart diseases.

Key Points

  • As per the National Non-communicable Disease Monitoring Survey (NNMS), two in five adults have three or more risk factors for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in India.
  • The survey was conducted during 2017–18.
  • Other than this, the status of the health system in responding to the disease burden is also underscored.
  • The survey further found that almost 3 out of 10 adults had raised blood pressure and 9.3% had raised blood glucose.
  • As per the findings of the survey, more than 1 in every 4 adults and 6.2% of adolescents were obese or overweight.
  • The survey found that 1 in 4 adolescents and more than 2 in 5 adults were not doing sufficient physical activity and their average daily intake of salt was 8 gms.
  • As per the survey more than one-fourth proportion of men consumed alcohol and 1 in every 3 adults used some form of tobacco in past 12 months.

NNMS was conducted to collect reliable baseline data on major indicators (select NCDs, risk factors, and the response of health systems ) related to the National NCD monitoring framework and NCD Action Plan.

This is the 1st of its kind of survey on non-communicable diseases NCDs that used standardized methods and tools. The survey covered males and females (residing in both urban and rural areas) in the age groups of 15-69 years. NNMS covered a national sample of 600 primary sampling units from 348 districts in 28 States in association with 11 reputed institutions across the country.