NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s health authorities on Thursday launched
national guidelines for cardiovascular disease
management to help reverse the increasing cases of
non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
Kariuki, Health Ministry Cabinet Secretary said that
the guidelines will help in prevention and screening
as well as standardizing the treatment of
cardiovascular diseases across the country.
guidelines contain up to date, innovative and
evidence-based approaches towards bridging the gaps
in prevention and control of cardiovascular
diseases,” she told journalists in Nairobi.
said the launch comes at a time when 25 percent of
hospital admissions and 13 percent of deaths in
Kenya are due to cardiovascular diseases.
noted that the guidelines will ensure improved
quality of care for persons living with
cardiovascular diseases hence better health
intend to equip health facilities countrywide by
installing modern cardiovascular diseases diagnostic
and management equipments,” Kariuki added.
observed that despite the launch, the ultimate
responsibility of prevention lies with each
individual in avoiding tobacco use, alcohol
consumption, physical inactivity and unhealthy
urged Kenyans to enroll into the National Health
Insurance Fund (NHIF) to enjoy the benefits of its
expanded package that includes cardiovascular
screening and treatment.
Eggers, the World Health Organization (WHO) Country
Representative in Kenya, called for increased
primary health care to help people in rural areas
change their lifestyles.
said that populations need to be educated on the
dangers of alcohol, tobacco and use of salt in
launch of the guidelines will greatly contribute
towards the reduction of premature deaths in the
country,” he added.