“Many victims of alternative treatments are victims of NCDs”
The remarks were made yesterday by the Deputy Director of Non-Communicable Diseases at the Ministry of Health, Dr James Kiologwe, during a two-day training seminar attended by members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on HIV/AIDS , tuberculosis and illicit drugs, journalists and people suffering from these diseases. diseases.
The training which brought together 64 participants was organized by the Tanzania Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance (TANCDA) and the Tanzania Women Lawyers Association (TAWLA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health through the RECAP project of the World Health Organization Health (WHO).
Speaking at the seminar, Dr Kiologwe said that when a person with NCD hears about an alternative treatment for their disease, they prefer to have the treatment quickly.
“Therefore, the result is that there are some who abandon hospital treatment for an alternative cure, and this alternative cure has delayed some of them to seek treatment in hospital.
“For example, many cancer patients start with an alternative treatment and by the time they reach the Ocean Road Cancer Institute (ORCI), their diseases have reached advanced stages,” he added.
He said many people who administer alternative remedies still don’t know the right doses and their effects.
He added that to date, there are nearly 40,000 new cases of cancer each year, and many of them are related to kidneys requiring dialysis and kidney transplantation.
He said the increase in such patients has forced the government to use a lot of money for their treatment.
“In 2019, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa launched a national program for the prevention and control of NCDs, and emphasized education on the need to change lifestyle habits,” he added.
On his part, the President of the Tanzania Diabetes Association (TDA), who is also the President of TANCDA, Prof. Andrew Swai, said that various stakeholders have started research on NCDs to see how they spread. since 1986.
He said that at the time, it was discovered that many people in rural areas were suffering from these diseases, but for now, they are spreading in urban areas, driven by bad lifestyle habits, in especially poor diet, lack of exercise, alcohol consumption and smoking.