2 Million People Are Living With Diabetes In Uganda


page geneva; font-size: small;”>”From the studies carried out by Ministry of Health and also expert opinion, viagra 40mg it is estimated that about two million people live with Diabetes in Uganda,” she said.

She urges Ugandans to prevent and fight against the non communicable diseases which are silently killing very many people. “It is estimated that from 2020, non communicable diseases like Diabetes, Cancer will kill more than HIV/AIDS, Ebola and Marburg,” she said.

“Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) including Diabetes are now the leading killer diseases globally and are on the increase,” she added.

Ondoa requested journalists today Thursday during the press briefing at Uganda Media Centre that they should promote key healthy guidelines and raise awareness about diabetes for people to know how to prevent them.

“Non communicable diabetes can be prevented by avoiding Tobacco use, physical inactivity, unhealthy diets and harmful use of Alcohol. People should regularly go for medical checkups and screenings to detect the diseases early before complications set in,” she said.

Every November 14, it is World Diabetes Day and it is celebrated around the world to raise awareness among people about diabetes and its dangers.

This year, the day is marked under the theme “Protect our future; Diabetes education and Prevention”. The theme was chosen because of the urgent need to address sensitization of the masses about prevention and control measures of Diabetes.

Diabetes is a syndrome marked by high levels of blood glucose resulting from defects in insulin production, insulin action or both. “World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that NCDs are responsible for 63% of deaths in 2008 and 80% of these deaths occurred in low and middle income countries including Uganda,” she added.

Ondoa informed the press that Uganda is using this occasion to offer free Diabetes screening services in 25 Health facilities.

These include Masaka Referral Hospital (RRH), Mbarara RRH, Jinja RRH, Lira RRH, Rakai RRH, Kisoro hospital, Bududa hospital, Tororo hospital, Gulu hospital, Kitaga hospital, Ruhoko HC IV, Katakwi HC IV, Paliisa HC IV, Nsiika HC IV, Kiruhura HC IV among others.

“For the last two days, Ministry of Health (MOH) has been offering free diabetes screening and education in Kampala at CHOGM gardens and Pan Afrique Near Clock tower.

Ondoa said that MOH is working with a number of partners to prevent the incidence of these diseases and have implemented several programmes which are to promote public awareness and early detection of the diseases, strenghthen health systems by improving their capacity to effectively prevent and control NCDs.

MOH is also providing special NCD services for vulnerable populations children, women, internally displaced persons, nomadic populations and people in difficult to reach areas and continuous monitoring.

Ondoa also called upon other stakeholders to play their role in preventing and controlling non communicable diseases by creating a favourable environment for regular exercises and recreation, making health foods available and affordable, reducing salts and sugars in foods and beverages and appropriate regulation on Tobacco and alcohol control.

MOH is working with other partners including Star Pharmaceuticals, World Health Organization and the media.

Non Communicable diseases are diseases which cannot be spread and are generally caused from heredity, deficiencies in nutrition or factors involving the environment. These include Diabetes, Asthma, Colitis, Cancer, Psoriasis among others.


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