The unfortunate news was announced on Wednesday, December 11th, 2019 as RBC launched a sensitization program aimed at fighting and preventing NCDs as well as providing medical assistance to already affected patients.
Statistics show that 7% of Kigali residents suffer from overweight and obesity including 10% of children below the age of 14 while 34% of women suffering from overweight and obesity are at a high risk of having other NCDs.
Dr. Innocent Turate, Head of Institute of HIV/AIDS Disease Prevention and Control (IHDPC) at Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) says that the best way to prevent non-communicable diseases is to avoid consuming drugs including alcohol and cigarettes and go for frequent testing.
“Noncommunicable diseases are increasing at an alarming rate and if no measures are taken, it will result in an even bigger problem. However, we still have the issue that only a few people come for testing.”
Nadine Umutoni Gatsinzi, Vice Mayor in Charge of Socioeconomic affairs at the City of Kigali advises Kigali residents to attend the bi-monthly sports activities ‘Car Free Day’ and to have healthy diets in order to prevent NCDs.
“Diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart problems can result in death but preventing them is possible by attending sports activities and eating healthy diets.”
Statistics between 2016 and May, 2019 show that through sensitization, 19000 Kigali residents have tested for NCDs adding to 29,000 who tested for NCDs during ‘Car Free Day’ sports activities.
Some of the people who have received free NCDs testing during ‘Car Free Day’ thank the Government of Rwanda for sensitizing them to do sports and advising them on how to prevent NCDs. They suggested for cancer screening to be added on the list of diseases that are tested during ‘Car Free Day’
Screening and testing activities started on Wednesday, December 11th, 2019 and are being conducted in the three districts of Kigali City.
In Kicukiro District, screening is done at Zinia Market, in Gasabo District at Kimironko market, In Nyarugenge in the Car Free Zone and also at Gatenga, Kanyinya, Mageragere and Remera dispensaries.