By; Ben Musanje
Experts under the Uganda Non Communicable Diseases Alliance (UNCDA) have reminded on government to focus on investing in prevention methods to control Non Communicable Diseases in the country.
Early this year, researchers indicated that Uganda needs a minimum of sh3b for research on non-communicable diseases that have become the country’s biggest health problem.
The UNCDA Program Manager Christopher Kwizera, says that efforts of preventing Non Communicable Diseases have declined due to limited resources which are dangerous.
However, Dr. Gerald Mutungi(L) the Acting Commissioner for NCD Department in the Ministry of Health says though the budget is limited but they have been on ground sensitising the public and advocating for prevention measures on how to avoid communicable diseases like physical inactivity, avoid tobacco and alcohol consumption, eating unhealthy foods with lots of fat, sugar and ensure regular health checkups. .
NCDs include heart diseases, cancer, diabetes, hypertension and chronic respiratory diseases, among others.