By Michael Gwarisa
PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe says the increase in non-communicable diseases in most African countries was a cause for concern and urged governments to develop homegrown solutions to health issues affecting the continent.
Officially opening the 67th edition of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Committee meeting today in Victoria Falls, President Mugabe said there was a worrying increase in Non-communicable diseases and new infections and there was need to act fast.
“As Africa, we now face a double burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases, in most of these cases, Africa is disproportionately represented on the global sphere. Africa is experiencing a rise in morbidity and mortality from cardio vascular diseases, cancer, respiratory diseases and diabetes.
“We are also experiencing a greater burden of infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS. We must also ask why this is and more importantly what we can do to arrest and address the effects. We know that historically, our former healthcare was developed to achieve selected commonly known diseases,” said President Mugabe.
Meanwhile, the WHO conference is running from the 28th of August to the 1st of September 2017 and has drawn attendance from more than 13 regional countries.