By Christine Lagat NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya is staring at an unprecedented spike in cardiovascular
diseases due to sedentary lifestyles among urban populations and a lack of
diagnostic equipment in health facilities, experts said Wednesday ahead of World
Heart Day to be marked on Friday.
noted that heart ailments could become a leading cause of deaths in Kenya by
2030 unless the government and industry partners scale up investments in
preventive measures like early screening and public awareness.
Jeilan, a cardiologist at Nairobi’s Aga Khan Hospital, said a rise in heart
diseases has strained healthcare infrastructure while undermining Kenya’s
has witnessed a spike in coronary heart diseases that are currently the sixth
leading cause of deaths. Majority of these cases are linked to lifestyle,
environmental pollution and genetic factors,” Jeilan said.
during a forum in Nairobi to raise awareness on heart diseases.
that regular screening, timely access to life-saving drugs and trained personnel
in health facilities are key to avert deaths linked to heart ailments.
need to enlighten citizens on lifestyle choices that may increase their
vulnerability to heart attack. They include alcoholism, smoking and heavy intake
of processed food,” said Jeilan.
He added that
data-driven interventions are required to reduce the burden of cardiovascular
ailments in the low-income population segment and Kenya should explore
innovative partnerships with industry to revitalize action on cardiovascular
ailments that accounts for 12 out of 30 percent of deaths related to non
communicable diseases in the country.