In an effort to keep children in good health,NSK specialized clinic is offering free medical screening for children as parents prepare to take their children back to school.
Dr.Shinsha Shetty consultant pediatrician at NSK Clinic advises parents to always take children for routine medical checks up to prevent any form heart disease attacks because Children in Uganda are regularly exposed to many preventable health risks.
“Parents should make routine checkup part and partial of their children’s life to maintain them in good health condition,”Dr.Shinsha said.
According to Dr.Shinsha the two weeks free screening exercise is part of their corporate social responsibility programme to keep the general public in good health.
She said during the exercise children will be immunized, checked on heart disease, given medical treatment and parents advised on proper nutrition and health for their children.
At NSK, doctors understands a child’s health.
Another area will be Non Communicable Diseases such as diabetes, Cancers, Cardiovascular diseases (like heart attacks and strokes)pulmonary disease and asthma) and Sickle cell Anemia.
According to ministry of health, Uganda stands 3rd with highest rate of children mortality and heart diseases hence pause health burden to the country.
Among in-patients and out-patients, the most common illnesses are malaria, respiratory infection/pneumonia, and dysentery.
According to World Health Organization, the country ranks 186th out of 191 eligible countries in life expectancy. The country also ranks 168 out of 188 in infant mortality rates, with a lower rank reflecting lower infant mortality.
There are also about 97 infant mortalities out of 1,000 and 47% of children suffering from cardiology and pediatric diseases.
Dr.Shinsha attributes this to factors namely HIV/AIDS, malnutrition, lack of sanitation, vaccinations, insufficient drugs, and an insufficient amount of motivated healthcare workers.
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