NCDs Victims Laud Busia County, World Bank Initiatives


By Reuben Olita

People living with Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) have lauded the County Government of Busia and the World Bank through the Primary Integrated Care for 4 Chronic Diseases (PIC4C) project for their efforts in battling the diseases.

Speaking at the Port Victoria Hospital in Bunyala Sub County after receiving a support group tent donated by PIC4C project, the patients disclosed that they are able to manage the illnesses which include hypertension and diabetes.

They noted that through the initiative, a pilot project being conducted in Busia and Trans-Nzoia Counties they have been able to form patient support groups that have assisted them in starting income generating activities through the seed inputs provided.

“We have 476 registered patients who benefit from various activities among them table banking,” said the chairman of the NCDs support groups in Bunyala Sub County Hillary Otiato.

The sentiments were echoed by his Samia counterpart Benjamin Obota who stressed the need for patients to register with National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF), as well as adhere to clinics and other matters related to their health.

He revealed that through the PIC4C project they were trained on various ways of managing the diseases including the importance of having kitchen gardens, adding that they are sharing the knowledge with other patients.

Obota added that: “We appreciate the support provided by health personnel in health facilities across Busia County in terms of treatment and nutrition guidance.”

The County NCDs Coordinator Dorah Mutonyi said that despite measures being put in place to support patients, they should take the responsibility of taking care of themselves on issues related to health.

“We have the opportunity to protect ourselves against the effects related to NCDs. Let us take advantage of the support groups which have numerous benefits,” she said.

Mutonyi emphasized that the Health and Sanitation Department is committed to ensuring that people living with NCDs are given the support required.

The PIC4C Administrator Lillian Lusimbo said there are 93 support groups in the County, adding that other groups that have received the donation of tents are in Teso South and Teso North Sub Counties.


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