As part of its contribution towards averting lung diseases, Makerere University College of health sciences will inaugurate Lung Institute next week.
According to Dr.Ivan Kimulithe institute will conduct various researches that will in turn be used to address escalating lung related deaths in Uganda and Africa.
“The main aim of the MULI is to stimulate high quality lung health research, training and clinical care programmes within the university in order to improve lung health of Ugandans and beyond, “he said.
Prof. Charles Ibingira Principal College of Health Sciences, says lung disease is one of the top killer diseases besides malaria however adds that establishment of the Lung Institute will work hard to counter these and reduce on mortality especially of children.
The lung institute will reduce major health threat
The Institute Director, Dr.Bruce Kirenga says despite the increasing burden of Non Communicable Diseases and communicable lung diseases, there is still national lack of interest in some key issues.
He said lung disease presents a major threat to good health worldwide. He said despite the high burden, there are few health care providers in countries like Uganda with one physician for every 24,000 people as compared to countries like The Netherlands with one physician for every 320 people.
Dr. Kirenga pledged to improve the lung health of people in Uganda and beyond through awareness creation, reduction of exposure to risk factors, provision of cost effective and efficacious diagnostic and treatment interventions; and training high caliber community oriented lung health care professionals.
Sarah Opendi state minister for health says about 3.2 million people succumb from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease while 400,00 lung people died from asthma.
She adds that chronic lung disease is a growing burden in Uganda yet there is no useful treatment, but sufferers have poor health status and often are stigmatized
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