Alarming statistics reveal a surge in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) within Kamwezi Sub County, Rukiga District. Out of 1136 patients recently screened during a medical camp, 800 were diagnosed with NCDs, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and hypertension.
These findings have raised concerns among local authorities, who attribute the escalating cases to lifestyle factors such as unhealthy eating habits and the effects of climate change.
“The increasing prevalence of NCDs is a serious concern,” stated Mbabazi Robert Kakwerere, the LC5 Chairperson for Rukiga District. “We believe that unhealthy eating habits and climate change are contributing factors.”
Zadock Kamusiime, the Rukiga District Deputy Resident Commissioner, echoed these concerns, particularly regarding the high prevalence of NCDs among older individuals. He urged them to prioritize regular medical checkups, emphasizing that aging should not be used as an excuse to neglect one’s health.
“We encourage our older residents to take their health seriously,” remarked Kamusiime. “Regular checkups can help detect and manage NCDs early, preventing complications and improving quality of life.”
The medical camp, initiated by Dr. Sylvia Arinaitwe Mwanaki, the Deputy Managing Director of the National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC), provided much-needed medical services to the community. Dr. Ahumuza, the Rukiga District Acting Health Officer, expressed gratitude for Dr. Mwanaki’s efforts and requested similar initiatives in other sub-counties that have not yet received adequate medical attention.
In her closing remarks, Dr. Mwanaki emphasized the importance of preventive healthcare. “Regular medical checkups are crucial, especially for NCDs,” she stated. “Remember, health is wealth.”
The alarming rise in NCDs in Kamwezi Sub County serves as a wake-up call for the community and local authorities. Addressing this issue requires a multi-pronged approach, including promoting healthy lifestyle habits, strengthening healthcare infrastructure, and fostering awareness about NCDs. By taking proactive measures, the community can work towards reversing the trend and improving the overall health of its residents.
Additional Reporting: The Source Uganda