Kampala, Gulu population stands high risk of suffering heart disease

By Deo Wasswa
Kampala and Gulu district have been named as the most towns with a population which is  at risk of suffering from heart related diseases .
According to a report released by prudential insurance company indicates Mukono is one of the healthiest town in in terms of having a few people at risky of suffering from non communicable diseases followed by Entebbe town.
The report Further reveals that one out of the 4 adults in Uganda suffers from high blood pressure which is a major cause of heart related diseases,and 24.3% of the total population  in Uganda are suffering from hypertension.
The survey conducted by prudential Uganda measured the five risk of acquiring heart disease based on five  risk factors which includes, hypertension, consumption of alcohol, inactivity, poor diet and low awareness of heat disease
The findings have been announced to day  during the official launch of a three day prudential heart camp organised at railway grounds  in Kampala to extend free treatment to Ugandans with  non communicable diseases
in his remarks during the launch, the Director health services at the ministry of health Dr.Charles Olaro noted that 40% of all the death occurring in Uganda are due to non communicable diseases and 9% out of the 40% die of heart related diseases ,5% die of cancer .

Global hearts initiative to save Ugandan from heart diseases

A new initiative seeking to beat back the global threat of cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks and strokes is to be rolled out in Uganda.

Code-named Global Hearts, the initiative is an alliance between the World Health Organization , the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Heart Federation, the World Stroke Organization, the International Society of Hypertension, and the World Hypertension League.

The project aims to scale up measures to reduce salt and tobacco use and strengthen health care services for dealing with cardiovascular disease.  It will initially be rolled out in Barbados, Colombia, Ethiopia, India, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Jordan, Nepal, Nigeria, Philippines, Tajikistan, Thailand and Uganda, according to a statement released by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

More than 17 million people die annually from cardiovascular disease, making the ailments- the world’s leading cause of death. Uganda loses a total of 353,000 people to cardiovascular diseases every year, according to statistics by the World Health Organisation.

Over three quarters of these are a result of unhealthy behaviors, including tobacco use, eating foods containing too much salt and inadequate physical activity resulting into heart attacks and strokes. The WHO records indicate that the probability of dying between ages 30 and 70 years in Uganda, as a result of cardiovascular diseases, stands at 21 percent.

But the country does not have an operational policy or action plan to reduce the harmful use of alcohol, the burden of tobacco use, physical inactivity, unhealthy diets, or even a national population-based cancer registry.

WHO Director for the Management of Non Communicable Diseases Dr Etienne Krug says countries like Uganda will be supported to scale up tested, affordable and adaptable measures to make their health services better able to detect and treat people at risk of, or suffering from, heart disease.

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