Non-communicable diseases: Despite their rise, but public knowledge still low
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
According to Dr Richard Ayah, the principal investigator and lecturer at University of Nairobi, disclosed at a recent meeting of health experts in Nairobi that a study they conducted in Nairobi disclosed that most people do not know what non-communicable diseases are.
“Yet NCDs are real and preventable. They are here with us,” Dr Ayah said during a presentation of the results last week in Nairobi.
According to health experts, non communicable diseases are causing as much death as the communicable disease if not more.
The ministry of health says that Kenya’s age standardized Cardio vascular disease (CVD) death rate is estimated to be 300-350 deaths per 100,000 populations and, while ischemic heart disease is a problem, a disproportionately high percentage of Kenya’s population dies from cerebrovascular disease.