Non-Communicable Diseases Overwhelm Rukiga District

RUKIGA – Authorities in Rukiga District are deeply concerned about the escalating cases of non-communicable diseases within Kamwezi Sub County.

According to statistics, out of 1136 patients, 800 are grappling with non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and hypertension among others.

This alarming surge in cases was documented during a 5-day medical camp initiated by Dr. Sylvia Arinaitwe Mwanaki, the Deputy Managing Director of the National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) overseeing finance. The medical camp, which commenced on Tuesday and concluded yesterday at Kamwezi Health Center IV, aimed to address the growing health challenges in the area.

Mbabazi Robert Kakwerere, the LC5 Chairperson for Rukiga District, expressed his concern regarding the high prevalence of non-communicable diseases, attributing it to climatic changes and unhealthy eating behaviors.

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Zadock Kamusiime, the Rukiga District Deputy Resident Commissioner, expressed distress over the prevalence of non-communicable diseases, particularly among older individuals. He urged them to prioritize regular medical checkups, emphasizing that old age is not a disease, and using it as an excuse is unwarranted.

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The Rukiga District Acting Health Officer, Gilbert Ahumuza, expressed gratitude to Dr. Sylvia Arinaitwe Mwanaki for organizing the health camp. However, he requested her to extend similar initiatives to other sub-counties such as Kashambya and Bukinda, which were not covered during the two health camps at Mparo Health Center IV and Kamwezi Health Center IV in Mparo Town Council and Kamwezi Sub-County, respectively.

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In her closing remarks as the chief guest, Dr. Sylvia Arinaitwe Mwanaki urged the general public to prioritize regular medical checkups, especially for non-communicable diseases, emphasizing that health is wealth.

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