Im­prove health­care to grow econ­omy for de­vel­op­ment

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

Non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases are in­creas­ingly be­com­ing a global prob­lem, es­pe­cially in poor and de­vel­op­ing coun­tries. Report after report shows these dis­eases are claim­ing many lives, re­duc­ing the qual­ity of life, de­plet­ing fam­ily and com­mu­nity re­sources with as­tro­nom­i­cal med­i­cal fees and gen­er­ally leav­ing a trail of dev­as­ta­tion.

A 2014 UN task torce report on Kenya’s fight on NCDs said three out of 10 peo­ple die of the dis­eases. It be­comes more wor­ry­ing be­cause the threat of com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases, es­pe­cially sex­ual and re­pro­duc­tive health is still rife. It is un­ac­cept­able that 72 Kenyans die ev­ery day from can­cer, with more deaths from the other big-four — car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­eases, res­pi­ra­tory dis­eases and di­a­betes — ad­ding to this tally.

If we are to re­alise the sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals, we have no choice but to im­prove health­care provi­sion.

ROBERT ASEDA Nairobi

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