CONCERN OVER HYPERTENSION . . . prevalence estimated at about 30 percent of population

Credits: H-metro by Tanaka Mahanya 07 April, 2023

ZIMBABWE is experiencing a rise in non-communicable diseases with hypertension now top of the list.

The country joins the rest of the world in commemorating World Health Day.

It will be held under the theme ‘‘Health for All’’.

The theme resonates well with the growing global call for Universal Health Coverage (UHC), which seeks to ensure that people have access to the healthcare they need, without suffering financial hardships.

The Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) has called on the Government to ensure that health services are available, accessible and affordable to every citizen of Zimbabwe.

In a statement, CWGH executive director, Itai Rusike, said the country was experiencing a rise in non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

“Rapid, unplanned, unregulated urbanisation and changes in lifestyles as people migrate from rural to urban areas are causing an increase in the risk factors that cause NCDs and conditions such as injuries, disabilities and substance abuse.

“The prevalence of hypertension is estimated at about 30 percent of the total population, which is higher than HIV, tuberculosis and diabetes.

“Addressing the burden of non-communicable diseases constitutes an integral part of achieving good health and well-being.”

Rusike said targets had been set to reduce premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment by one-third by 2030.

“The country also suffers a high burden of cancer with the cervical cancer burden being within the top five in the world. “Treatment costs for all cancers remain very high, inconsistent and unaffordable for most people.”