“When you get a heart attack that is when then you run to hospitals, we eat a lot of foods that are creating complications in our lives. At least go for checkups.”
Health state minister Sarah Opendi opening the camp. Photos by Violet Nabatanzi
Health experts have asked the public to adopt a healthy style as a way to avoid getting heart diseases.
The deputy executive director of Uganda Heart Institute Dr. Peter Lwabi said 1 in 4 people suffer from high blood pressure but the majority of them do not know they have the condition.
"If you don't get medical care for high blood pressure you will end up getting a heart attack, kidney failure or a stroke but once people are aware of their status they will know what steps to take,'' Lwabi added.
Globally Non Communicable Diseases (NCD) kill about 40m people and out of this about 30 m are due to heart disease. NCD includes heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, and Lung disease.
Speaking during a three days medical camp organised by UHI in partnership with Prudential Lwabi advised people to avoid smoking and access the use of alcohol but rather they should eat a balanced diet and do more exercise.
The camp was aimed at promoting and preventing Heart diseases and sending messages about how they adopt a healthy lifestyle that can prevent heart disease.
"The disease like heart problems, diabetes, and other heart-related complications are expensive to treat. I appeal to the public to get checked and be informed of their health," he emphasized.
The Minister of Health Sarah Opendi appealed to the public not to wait to fall sick, and be taken to hospital. "When you get a heart attack that is when then you run to hospitals, we eat a lot of foods that are creating complications in our lives. At least go for checkups," she advised.
She said that as the government they have come up with a law on tobacco control act, narcotic and substance act, we have come up with the bill to control alcohol consumptions and all these are meant to control the non-communicable diseases.
"It is better to do exercise for at least 30 minutes, get out of the comfort zone and get moving," Opendi said
The Managing director Prudential East Africa, Arjun Mallik revealed that at the launch of the camp last year over 2000 people were able to get access to free heart related medical checkups.
He said that out of the 2000 people 23% of the attendees were considered to be obese, 19% diabetic and 27% were found to be hypertensive and some of them didn't even know they had these conditions.