Improve healthcare to grow economy for development
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