President Museveni participated in activities to launch the National Physical Activity day at Kololo airstrip, Kampala on Sunday. The significance of the day is to inform the population about the importance of physical activity, its relevance in preventing Non-Communicable Diseases and keeping healthy.
“The burden of Non-Communicable Diseases like cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes and heart diseases is of growing concern to our country. Today, these diseases account for 40 percent of all deaths annually. It is important that we do lifestyle audits and adopt more active schedules. I urge all of you to join me as we launch an offensive against these “diseases of prosperity,” said Mr Museveni.’’ said Mr Museveni.
He later led an 8km walk accompanied by a police band, government officials, security personnel and school going children. The procession started from Kololo and went through Jinja Road, Kampala road, Golf Course, Kamwokya and back to the grounds. Other activities included aerobics, netball, football and woodball.
The president revealed that, In the past, on account of poor hygiene and lack of intensified immunisation, communicable diseases like polio and measles, were rampant. But the NRM government intensified immunization and other interventions and most of these diseases are almost wiped out.
He added; Instead with development, more people are now dying of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), which is largely about lifestyle. These are diseases due to inactivity coupled with over-feeding. A total of 40% of deaths today are due to NCDs, broken down as follows: 13% accidents, 9% heart diseases, 5% cancer, 3% diabetes and 10% others like sickle cells. Regarding sickle cells, I advise that you do tests before marriage to avoid having lifetime challenges.
Gen. Museveni said the good thing is that non-communicable diseases are easy to prevent. One simply has to change lifestyles, exercise and eat well. The increase in cases of cancer, diabetes, heart diseases especially in urban areas is because people eat too much and do not exercise.
He called on Ugandans to Avoid gluttony. ‘‘Personally, I have heavy breakfast because it is what will run my body in the day’s course, have light lunch mainly to avoid ulcers and very little supper, eaten early in the evening.
He hailed the Ministry of Health for launching this sensitization drive and urge all Ugandans to pick interest in matters health, keep fit and avoid these NCDs.