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- The top 5 most common cancers as ranked by the number of new cases. Cervical and Breast cancers are the most common among Women while prostate cancer and Kaposi Sarcoma are common among men
- Nebbi hospital is currently battling with about 605 cases of diabetes, cancer and high blood pressure at the government facility
By Ronald Orachwun
Nebbi- At least 200 residents in greater Nebbi suffering from Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) including diabetes, cancer and high blood pressure have been offered hope by a joint health partnership between Uganda Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance (UNCDA) and Nebbi hospital.
Mr Christopher Kwizera the UNCDA program manager says the health partnership involves sensitization, screening and making referrals for treatment of people tested positive for the ailments.
If left untreated, the three non-communicable diseases NCDs can lead to among others; heart attack, stroke, kidney and nerve damage, depression, infertility, retinopathy, complete loss of eye sight and sometimes preventable disability respectively.
Mr Kwizera attributes the high prevalence of these diseases to reckless lives being led by members of the public.
“All these diseases come from people’s behaviours and they are very treatable. The most risk factors are excessive smoking, unhealthy food diet, obesity, excessive alcoholism and hypercholesterolemia,” Mr Kwizera said while addressing journalists at Nebbi general hospital this morning.
“We also have people who do not want to do physical exercises at all. If people do not change the way they live these days, they will always live with these diseases and it is not what we want.”
Dr Justin Okwairwoth, the medical superintendent Nebbi hospital says there is an increasing trend of these three non-communicable diseases.
He said most people report for screening late and possible treatment late when the infections are already at their advanced stages making it hard for medics to do their best to contain further complications.
“People need to adopt responsible ways of life and avoid intake of too much sugary foods that could possibly give rise to obesity which has a direct link to high blood pressure. I have always been against people who first wait for signs and symptoms of these diseases to show up, it is very bad because by the time you will realize, the ailments would have taken a toll on you and some are fatal. We are saying test as early as possible such that you can be enrolled on medication very soon if you test positive,” he said.
Estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO) indicate that Non-Communicable Diseases NCDs cause 68 per cent of all deaths, with a big number being premature deaths of people in their prime and productive Years of life between 30 to 69 years.