Kenya Commits To Fighting Noncommunicable Diseases

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The Ministry of Health is employing a strategic approach for reducing hypertension, diabetes burden and premature deaths.

According to Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. Rashid Aman, this will be achieved through strengthening the healthcare system at all levels by providing comprehensive, integrated prevention programs, primary care, early detection of complications and referral.

Speaking on behalf of CS Health Sen. Mutahi Kagwe during the handover of Research Equipment for Cardiovascular Diseases to KEMRI, UON and KNH, Dr. Rashid Aman said the Ministry of Health is currently cementing its global commitment and alignment with the global, regional and national Policies on leveraging on technology, innovation and ICT, access to affordable, safe, effective, and quality medicines and diagnostics and other technologies, in the prevention and control of NCDs.

"As stipulated in the 2021-2026 NCD strategic plan, we envision establishing a framework for adopting these innovations and ICT in NCD surveillance and care," said Dr Aman.

He further noted that "successful health care delivery requires effective medical devices as tools for prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation."

The CAS said using and evaluating digital Non Mydriatic cameras to predict medical changes associated with enhanced disease, especially seen in diabetic and hypertensive patients, will expand innovation in the early detection of systemic complications manifesting as eye disease.

"We thank AstraZeneca, the founder of the research project, for their commitment to ensuring ease of access to affordable and sustainable healthcare," he noted.

Globally, Non-communicable diseases have had a crippling effect on the public health sector.

Their leading contribution to premature deaths attributes to over 41 million fatalities yearly.

Low and middle-income countries suffer the greatest burden, as they experience 71% of these deaths annually. In Kenya, NCDs are the second leading cause of morbidity and mortality, responsible for 39% of all deaths yearly.

The CAS acknowledged KEMRI, KNH/School of the Medicine University of Nairobi and Aga Khan University Hospital Nairobi's sustainability in adopting global innovations and undertaking clinical trials to inform on the best practices in promoting health.

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