PREVENTABLE DEATHS

Late diagnosis is one of worst evils facing heath sector

Some Non-Communicable Diseases can be treated if detected on time

In Summary

• It is necessary to ensure that training of medical personnel is prioritised to hasten diagnosis. 

• Mortality rates from cancer and other NCDs rising when the diseases discovered late. 

Health officers attend to a patient.
SEEK SERVICES ON TIME: Health officers attend to a patient.
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Delayed diagnosis of critical illnesses or ailments is causing many unnecessary deaths together with a downward spiral of health targets in the country.

Coupled with delayed treatment, nothing positive comes out of many health facilities that we have.  

Non-Communicable Diseases such as a number of cancers, which would stand a chance of treatment when they happen to be diagnosed early enough, have increased mortality rates because they are discovered too late.

It is important for the government to develop the health workforce to safeguard the health of the nation and to equally sustain the constitutional provisions that guarantee the right to the highest attainable standards of health.

The wealth of a nation lies in its overall health, which narrows down to individual health levels that cumulatively add up. It is also necessary to ensure that training of medical personnel is prioritised to hasten diagnosis.

 

Naya Kenya, Kisumu