A two-day meeting opened in Kampala Thursday with doctors sounding an alert over an increase in non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes and hypertension.
Speaking at the forum, medics said the non-communicable diseases, which were previously affecting older people most, were now increasingly affecting younger people aged between 40 to 45 years in the region.
The meeting is organised by the Aga Khan University, Uganda’s Health ministry and the World Health Organisation.
The president of the Aga Khan University, Mr Firoz Rasul, said as a contribution to tackling the new challenge, the institution was expanding it’s presence in East Africa.
A medical college
“We already have a teaching hospital in Nairobi which we are expanding with the building of a heart and cancer centre in response to this need to serve the people of east Africa,” said Mr Rasul.
“We are also setting up a faculty of health sciences and a medical college where we will train doctors and nurses. And the nurses will be trained in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania to help deal with these diseases.”