The sudden dying of Kampala Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga on Friday evening ought to warn us of the risks of silent killer illnesses. The archbishop died abruptly after a full day of lively participation within the Manner of the Cross at Namirembe Cathedral in Kampala.
Therefore, his sudden dying is unimaginable. Unusually, Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, additionally collapsed from diabetes-related discomfort on the requiem Mass at Rubaga Cathedral, however was rapidly saved by docs at close by Rubaga hospital in Kampala.
These two high-profile circumstances ought to warn us of the lethal dangers all of us face from 4 silent killer illnesses, particularly hypertension, which exposes us to coronary heart illness, coronary heart failure, and stroke. The opposite silent killers are diabetes, most cancers, and persistent kidney illnesses.
Regrettably, the danger components of those silent killers are recognized; specifically bodily inactivity, alcohol and tobacco abuse, and unhealthy diets. Thus, the burden of securing our well being is in our palms. We solely want take duty for our well being by adopting wholesome existence to avert the burden of and sudden deaths from these non-communicable illnesses (NCDs).
All we want is to vary our existence, drink alcohol reasonably, cease taking tobacco and reduce consumption of meals with excessive sugar content material, and do extra bodily actions to cease NCDs. Among the bodily actions to assist obtain wholesome existence are commonplace, together with dancing, biking, jogging, brisk strolling and digging, which we will do each for enjoyable and for a dwelling.
To this regard, the Ministry of Well being has acted properly in taking measures to manage the rising drawback of NCDs. It launched the annual Nationwide Day of Bodily Exercise, instituted the Non-Communicable Illnesses and Accidents (NDCI) Fee in 2019. It additionally elevated its NCD Programme to a division and included some key NCD medicines amongst Uganda’s Important Medicines Checklist. In the identical yr, President Museveni launched the Presidential Initiative on Wholesome Life-style to advertise wholesome consuming and way of life practices.
All these however, we’ve got continued to endure dire penalties of NCDs.
Beforehand, our nation’s 2014 NCDs survey indicated that 33 per cent of our annual deaths are attributed to the silent killer illnesses. Worse, most of those deaths declare our residents of their prime earlier than reaching 70 years of age. As Well being Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng then warned, 6 per cent of Ugandans have coronary heart illnesses, 3.2 per cent dwell with diabetes, with 350 of each 100,000 dwelling with most cancers, whereas one other 8,000 new circumstances of most cancers are recorded yearly. However the excellent news is, we will beat NCDs.
Let’s all eat healthily and train to dwell wholesome.