Participants of the 4th University wide Research Symposium following the Deputy Minister for Health’s speech (not in pictur
Panelists; Dr. Kaushik Rumaiya (TANCDA), Dr. AlphonciaNanai (WHO), Dr. Nazima Dharsee (ORCI), Dr. James Kengia (POLRAG) and the Chairperson Dr. Paschal Ruggajo (MUHAS) during panel discussion in the 4th University wide Research Symposium on Noncommunicable
Free medical checkups during the 4th University wide Research Symposium at MUHAS
Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Dr.
Faustine Ndugulile speaking with the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Andrea Pembe and
the Director of Research and Publications, Dr. Bruno Sunguya
The Deputy Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Dr. Faustine Ndugulile participating in the free medical checkup for NCD as part of the 4th University wide Research Symposium
The Deputy Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Dr. FaustineNdugulile graced the University-Wide Research Dissemination Symposium with the theme ‘Walking Together for Control and Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases in Tanzania’ held on the 25th September, 2019 at MUHAS.In his welcoming remarks, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Andrea Pembe said, it was one year ago when the Deputy Minister officiated the first University wide Research Symposium and urged MUHAS to continue with the tradition of regular research symposia, engaging policy makers, implementers to make use of the much needed research that can transform policy and practice. The government has remained committed and benefited from the research from the MUHAS research community
Prof. Pembe further reiterated,
“In implementing your directives Deputy
Minister, MUHAS has continued working closely with the ministry as shown in
this symposium which is co-organized with the Ministry of Health and attracted
a number of government official, both at your ministry and the Prime Minister’s
office, Regional and Local Government”. Speaking about the symposium’s
theme, the Vice Chancellor said the burden of noncommunicable diseases in the
country is already on the rise in this country. He said in 1960s, Diabetes was
prevalent inabout0.3% of the population. However, rapid increase in the burden
of this disease has reached between 13% to 21%. “This is a significant rise of the condition and therefore it need some
intervention”, he added.
In addressing the participants of the Symposium, the Deputy Minister for Health said that during his entire training as a medical student at this university some few years back they have never had a case of renal failure. However,he said, “we are seeing very young people getting renal failure, there must be reason for that”.The Deputy Minister further commented that a review report of the current health sector strategic plan, shows that NCDs accounts for more than 30% of all the diseases. Dr. Ndugulile said when there is a patient of noncommunicable disease that means there is a failure in the health system. “We failed to educate the people, we failed to prevent the disease because once becomes a patient of noncommunicable disease, that is for life” he added.
The Deputy Minister emphasized that as the nation, there is a need to start investing on health promotion and health prevention, because with the current set up non-communicable diseases are taking a huge chuck of the health budget. He said that the government has seen that and on the 16thof November, the national NCD program will be launched.
According to Dr. Ndugulile, Tanzania is one of the very few countries who have come up with the national program for noncommunicable diseases, therefore there is a need baseline data. He urged MUHAS, the directorate of noncommunicable diseases at the MoHCDGEC and the National Medical Research to start working on this baseline data which can relate to the interventions that government is going to put in place.
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