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Non-Communicable Diseases Biggest Threat to Ugandans- Museveni

Museveni, who was speaking to the nation on Saturday as the country marks the World Population Day, noted that 891,000 people have high blood pressure, 534,000 people have heart disease and 229,000 are diabetic.
Non-communicable disease are an increasing risk to Ugandans
President Yoweri Museveni has called on Ugandans to be aware of the threat non-communicable diseases pose to the nation.

Museveni, who was speaking to the nation on Saturday  as the country marks the World Population Day, noted that 891,000 people have high blood pressure, 534,000 people have heart disease and 229,000 are diabetic. 

Museveni, however, said that such diseases can be prevented, if the right information and knowledge on proper nutrition, physical exercise, avoiding stress were given to Ugandans.

He said NCDs are compromising the health of the population and this needs attention with the diseases accounting for 33% of deaths in Uganda.

“We have noticed that despite epidemic, we continue to witness an increase in lifestyle diseases. Lifestyle diseases or Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) include; diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), obesity and cancers,” he said.

He added that “all leaders should strengthen Community Mobilization using local radio stations to educate the masses about these preventable conditions.”

Last year, the Ministry of Health dedicated every second Sunday of July to the National Day of Physical to raise awareness on the significant physical activities in tackling NCDs. The day will not be observed this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Meanwhile, Museveni said another challenge was on ensuring all Ugandans earn some income where 68% of households still stuck in the subsistence economy. 

He said this should be handled through Operation Wealth Creation (OWC), Micro Finance, putting money in Emyoga, value addition and agro-processing by supporting Uganda Development Bank and Uganda Development Corporation (UDC).

The country has allocated more than 1 trillion shillings to UDB and at least 100 billion shillings to UDC. The hope is that this money can help grow smaller businesses for Ugandans to boost employment and incomes.

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