Experts worry about rise in non-communicable diseases

Health experts have warned that death related to non-communicable diseases like cancer, diabetes among others is likely to increase if no interventions are put in place to combat it. Christopher Kwizera, the Program manager at Uganda Non-communicable disease Alliance while speaking at an awareness campaign at Aywee Health Center in Pece division, Gulu town said government needs to act before it’s too late.

Kwizera noted that death related to non-communicable diseases is projected to rise from the current 35% to 60% by 2021. He said that government should allocate more money to fight these diseases like they have done for the case of communicable diseases.

“People should desist from smoking tobacco, over-consumption of oily food, alcoholism amongst others so that they don’t get diseases like cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes which are killing them silently.”

According to Josephine Ejang, a senior diabetes educator at Mulago hospital, the increase in NCDs is attributed to multiple factors such as adoption of unhealthy lifestyles, increasing aging population and metabolic side effects resulting from lifelong antiretroviral treatment.

The World Health Organization estimates that about 36 million people die annually from NCDs [63% of the global deaths] and about 14 million people die too young between the age of 30-70 years.