Non-communicable diseases

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs),unlike communicable diseases, are diseases which by nature cannot be transmitted from one individual to another.

These conditions tend to be chronic, asymptomatic in early stages and multifactorial in causation involving an interplay of genetic, physiological, environmental and behavioural factors.

The main types of NCD are cardiovascular diseases as recognized by WHO include: cardiovascular diseases (e.g high blood, high cholesterol), diabetes (sukiri), cancer, and chronic lung diseases. NCDs account for41 million (i.e 74%) of global deaths annually. Of these, a greater proportion (>75%) of deaths occurs in low-and middle-income countries highly attributed to poor screening uptake and unhealthy lifestyles. Early detection and treatment of NCDs is key to more favourable clinical outcomes..

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