Two hundred and thirty-nine people die every year from Non communicable diseases (NCDs) in Cameroon. This means NCDs contribute to 31% of annual deaths in country. The information was revealed by Mbinzenyuy Ferdinand, program coordinator of the physical exercise program aimed at fighting Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), during the launching ceremony of the program on Thursday 13th September, 2018 at the Baptist Center, Nkwen Bamenda. Organized by the Cameroon Baptist Convention (CBC) Health Services, the program served as an opportunity for leaders, stakeholders, influencers and media people to talk on the need to prioritize the fight against NCDs by developing and adopting friendly policies at work and to move from commitment to tangible actions that results in the improvement of health and lives of all people in the community.
NCDs are diseases that cannot be transmitted from one person to another, with the four main categories of NCDs being cardiovascular diseases, cancers, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases.
While presenting the dangers of NCDs, Mbinzenyuy Ferdinand pointed out the fact that most young people who die from unavoidable causes, is as a result of NCDs which is a big problem to the society. He further highlighted that physical inactivity is one of the major risk factors of NCDs and therefore individuals should do more physical exercises to prevent having NCDs.
The launching which comes ahead of the 3rd UN High Level meeting on NCDs, which is to take place on the 27th of September, 2018 in New York is set to call on head of states to pay more attention to the silent issues around NCDs. It is in this light that the Cameroon Baptist Convention (CBC) Health Services through Prof Tih Pius, Director of the CBC Health Services is putting in more efforts to wipe out NCDs. CBC has noticed an increased in NCDs in all its services as NCDs kills now more than traditional killer diseases. “Many people now suffer from hypertension, diabetes and the various forms cancer. These diseases come silently and people only discover them when it’s too late”, said Prof Tih Pius who also used the event as an opportunity to call on directors of institutions to introduce service physical exercise so as to help their workers fight NCDs.
According to Madam Nfor Claudette who is the focal point of the Non communicable diseases unit at the Regional delegation of Public health, the ministry of public health has created a national program for diabetes and hypertension which is now in a pilot phase in the Centre region and in the North West Region. So far 10 health facilities in the NWR are committed to the program and 120 health personnel have been trained to carry out maximum care for diabetes and hypertension and will act as an entry point for the rest of the implementation of NCDs in the rest of the region. It is the vision of the government to spread this program to the rest of the country by 2020 so as to provide quality health care to the people.
Studies have shown that deaths and suffering from NCDs are preventable through physical exercises, reduced alcohol, healthy diets and no tobacco. Screening and checking vital health numbers are also critical.
The launching is part of the Enough Campaign (an initiative of the global NCD Alliance) and activities to mark the Global week for Action on NCDs.