Non-communicable diseases on increase in Kenya

Non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart problems are on the increase in Kenya, according to the country's Minister of Medical Services, Professor Peter Anyang'nyong'o.

a man has his blood pressure measured

a man has his blood pressure measured

The minister was speaking in Moscow where he is attending the First Global Ministerial Conference on Healthy Lifestyles and Non-communicable Disease Control.

He said that treating non-communicable diseases is very expensive as people suffering from them stay longer in health facilities than those with infectious diseases.

We are faced with many non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, mental health and cardiovascular problems. These are actually on the increase at the moment. If you go to our hostels you’ll find that 50 per cent of the bed occupancy is really by non-communicable diseases. The problem with non-communicable diseases is that they are quite often not detectable very early.”

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