The Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau- UPMB and healthy heart
Africa-HHA, have trained 35 health workers in the management and prevention of
non-communicable diseases at lower health facilities in Jinja District.
In a five day training concluded at the Jinja Civil Service College
on Friday, health workers were tipped on rallying their clients to exercise at
least four times a week to minimize the risk of acquiring NCDs.
James Mwesigwa, the project manager of UPMB-HHA partnership says that the two-year
project involves continuous monitoring on the progress of NCDs management in
over 35 health facilities from the districts of Mukono, Buikwe, Jinja, Iganga
He notes that most health workers lack the requisite skills to handle NCD
patients and refresher courses are inevitable to reawaken them.
Mwesigwa further says that the project also involves the distribution of free
NCDs screening machines to promote free community screening which will ease
early detection and treatment of NCDs.
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Mwesigwa adds that their research indicates that, 70% of the hypertensive
patients fail to access treatment due to lack of funds to purchase drugs,
however, the project involves offering low-cost quality medicines to all NCD
patients diagnosed from the project beneficiary health facilities.
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Meanwhile, Moses Lyagoba, the Kamuli Assistant District Health Officer in
charge of maternal and child health says that NCDs’ treatment and prevention are
less prioritized in lower health facilities which creates a backlog on the
region’s regional referral hospital which in turn results into high fatality
According to the ministry of health survey conducted in 2014, 33%
of deaths recorded in all health facilities throughout the country resulted
from NCDs however, screening levels remain low among potential victims.