Maj. Gen. James Nakibus Lakara, the Commandant of the Uganda Rapid Deployment Capability Center-URDCC who represented the Chief of Defense Forces, urged the trainees to train their colleagues on the health benefits of physical fitness without hesitation.
The concern was made as the health agency launched the Non-Communicable Disease-NCD Progress Monitor 2017, which charts actions by countries to set targets, implement policies to address the four main shared and modifiable NCD risk factors; tobacco, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and harmful use of alcohol.
Patients suffering from respiratory and non-communicable illnesses such as breast cancer, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes can now access medication at less than four thousand shillings -per-month from Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis.
Dr. Emmy Habyara, a senior consultant physician at Jinja Regional Referral Hospital, says Mugaala is suffering from Deep Vein Thrombosis-DVT an abnormal, life-threatening blood clot that form in the veins of the legs and thighs.
According to the new WHO report, drinks and foods high in free sugars can be a major source of unnecessary calories in peoples diets, particularly in the case of children, adolescents and young adults. It adds that nutritionally, people dont need any sugar in their diet.
Prof Stanley Acuda Wilson, the principal of the Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care in Africa says the failure by government to recognize the specialists has affected the training program because many would-be beneficiaries lose interest since they do not expect any career growth after undertaking the program. The institute has trained over 400 specialists with degrees and diplomas since 2003.
The report Preventing disease through healthy environments: a global assessment of the burden of disease from environmental risks, says that factors, such as air, water and soil pollution, ultraviolet radiation, chemical exposures, and climate change contribute to more than 100 diseases and injuries that result into deaths.
The Health Ministry has also deployed 10 health consultants headed Dr. James Ssekajugo, the Programme Manager Non Communicable Disease Prevention and Control officer in the Ministry of Health to diagnose diabetes patients.
Mental health is allocated only 4 percent of the national health budget. Dr. Baingana says that this increased from the government allocation of 0.7 percent only after 2001, when Uganda got an African Development Bank Loan.