By Ronald Kabuye
The deputy executive director of Uganda Heart Institute Dr. Luwabi Peter has attributed the increased number of heart diseases amongst Ugandans tobacco smoking and the bad life style of many Ugandans.
Addressing a joint news conference ahead of the world no tobacco day due in 31st of June, Dr. Luwabi revealed that one out of every four persons suffers from high blood pressure.
He adds that tobacco smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, heart diseases since it contains slot of poison which causes blood clots hence heart attack and strokes which accounts for seven million death across the globe.
In the same way Dr. Njakoojo Wilson said they find a lot of hardship while operating on those with tobacco smoking history due to the many complications they posses and yet they account for the biggest numbers who turn up for treatment.
DR. Suleiman Lubega said that 1% of the new borns has a heart diseases which is attributed to both active and passive smoking by the parents.
Dr Hafisah Lukwata the head of mental health in the ministry of health appealed to the public to desist from the smoking habit in order to prevent the non communicable diseases.
She also called for the inclusive implementation of the tobacco control act.
Available statistics indicate that at least the Heart Institute registers 3 heart diseases per week while 100,000 deaths annually are as a result of non communicable diseases which is mainly caused by tobacco smoking, poor feeding, failure to carryout physical exercise and bad life style.
It’s important to note that operations of heart diseases cost on average 20 millions for adults and 8 millions for children.
This medical field is also understaffed with only 15 cardiologists, four open heart surgeons and 20 specialized nurses across the country of which most of them are found in Kampala.
However the good news is that Uganda Heart Institute started a training program for the doctors with masters degree in handling heart related diseases.