Why We Must Prioritize Non Communicable Disease Prevention and Control
Category : Naya Blog
By DICKSON OLUOCH (@dicque2)
Non-Communicable Diseases are not transferred from one person to another hence, they are acquired as a result of people’s lifestyle being classified as ‘rare’ diseases that affect both the rich and old, Non-Communicable Diseases are increasingly establishing themselves as global terrorist, especially among the middle and low-income nations mostly affecting adolescents and youths. According to World Health Organization statistics, 30% premature deaths in adults results from behavior that begun in adolescent and 30% of deaths in Kenya are due to Non-Communicable Diseases which translates to 72 deaths in a day as a result of cancer and other diseases such as Cardiovascular diseases (46%), respiratory diseases and diabetes.
Non-Communicable Diseases depletes family and community resources with the huge medical fees and generally leaving a trail of low economic productivity and development, increasing dependency burden as a result of deaths and reduces the quality care life expectation .The constitution (Chapter 43, 1a, 1b) guarantees one to attaining the highest attainable standard of healthcare looks more than good mirage never to be achieved as most cases are referred to outside countries for treatment.
Young people must be meaningfully involved in the battle against non-communicable diseases, not just as a constitutional right but as an important part of society, and with more knowledge and internalize the effects of NCDs and what exactly affects them. This can be achieved by increased advocacy, public support-stakeholders, strengthening legal and policy environment and also advocacy for integration of NCDs and Youth Friendly Services (YFS).The media is critical in the fight against non-communicable diseases. Effective use of media will not only generate public support for increased prioritization of NCDs,
There is a need to increase domestic resource allocation for prevention, control, and management of these diseases, the major risk factors of NCDs are physical inactivity, poor diet, tobacco and alcohol use are highly modifiable at the individual level, there is a need for increased prioritization by policy makers to tackle non-communicable diseases. Effectively engagement in budget-making process for the upcoming financial years at County level including in key process of developing County Integrated Development Plans, Strategies, at the National level will lead to allocation of more funds towards NCDs and provision of highly accessible, affordable and available services to all its citizens by 2030 achieving the global Sustainable Development Goal number 3 on Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages.
Civil society organizations, stakeholders and young people must now effectively mobilize themselves in the fight against NCDs by increasing NCDs advocacy, creating awareness, adhering to good nutrition which is a big contributing factor, investing in research on NCDs to have adequate data, awareness on drug and substance abuse, coming up with strong and good policies and legal environment on NCDs.
The author is a Youth Advocate with NAYA KENYA
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