The probability of dying too young from a non-communicable disease (NCD) in Kenya is 18 per cent, new study shows.
NCDs contribute to over 50 per cent of inpatient admissions and 40 per cent of hospital deaths.
While posing clear health concerns, NCDs are also responsible for reducing productivity, curtailing economic growth and trapping the poorest people into chronic poverty in Kenya.
Speaking during a consultative meeting between the Ministry of Health and the World Bank yesterday, Health Principal Secretary Nicholas Muraguri said it is important to explore potential options that will guide mobilization and allocation of resources from county and national levels to tackle NCDs.
World Bank’s Global Global Health Specialist, Dr. Patrick Osewe said it is important for health workers to always articulate their funding needs well when discussing budgetary allocations for health programmes with finance and economic ministries.
“Health and NCDs need to make a strong case to access this funding. This is a major problem in many regions,” Osewe said.