The Health ministry will be launching a Fitness Camp to sensitise the public on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
The ministry has partnered with Clapper House Limited and other notable stakeholders like Uganda Police Force, NSSF, KCCA, Vivo Energy, NTV, UBC, Mogas Uganda, The Nabageraka Foundation and other stakeholders in declaring and urging action to combat the rising burden of NCDs in Uganda.
“This Call for Action against NCDs” will be launched as My Life, Health and Fitness Camp on 2nd August 2015 at Namboole Stadium.
It will involve weekly physical activity programs, free NCDs screening and health education on risk factors and NCDs management.
My Life, Health and Fitness Initiative by Clapper House in partnership with the ministry of Health is therefore a timely intervention to counter the disease burden through preventive approaches, according to the ministry’s release.
“Although, NCD prevention and control programmes have remained of a low priority and were not included in the Millennium Development Goals, as a developmental and societal issue, NCDs deserve to be given priority within official development policy.”
The top Non Communicable Diseases, which account for 70% of deaths, are preventable through avoidance of the risk factors and regular medical checkups.
Exercising and improving nutrition in addition to the avoidance of tobacco use and alcohol abuse are the most fundamental and impactful way of preventing and managing NCDs.
“As Government we are prioritizing prevention and control of NCDs in our policies and programmes even through Public Private Partnerships such as “My life, Health and Fitness Programme” that will be launched on 2nd August 2015 at Namboole Stadium.”
The ministry said to be effective, NCDs prevention and control programmes require coordinated and collaborative action by multiple sectors, including the private sector, media, education, and civil society.
According to World Health Organization, the global epidemic of Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and respiratory diseases are the leading causes of death globally, killing more people each year than all other causes combined?
More than 36 million people across the globe die annually from NCDs, including 9 million who die too young before the age of 60.
In Uganda, ministry of Health’s data indicate 43% of deaths in the country are caused by non-communicable diseases due to lifestyles and unhealthy eating habits.