Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Afam Obidike, has described Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) as a silent killer that must be tackled in the society.
Dr. Obidike said this at the just concluded 2day training of trainers organised by the AstraZeneca and Healthy Heart Africa partners in Awka.
The training involved participants of Ministries of Health, Primary Healthcare Developments from Anambra, Imo, Enugu and Delta States.
This training of trainers of Health Professionals on Non-Communicable disease is highly commendable because it will help us to educate our people that non-communicable disease shouldn’t be taken for granted.
According to Dr.Obidike, “It may interest you to know that non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, cancer, chronic respiratory and diabetes are the leading causes of death worldwide, representing an emerging global health threat.
He commended AstraZeneca and Healthy Heart Africa (HHA) for organizing the impactful training that will help in addressing the non-communicable disease issues and urged the participants to help step down the training.
Paul Edeh, a participant commended the Commissioner for his contributions as well as for educating the participants on Non-Communicable diseases and the importance of accurate data.
He explained that the Non-Communicable Disease program will be expanded from the 6 Local Governments to more in the future.
According to him, the Zonal training of trainers is for States in the South East and they will help to step down the training to health facilities.
A Facilitator from the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Kosarachi Aluka, said they trained the participants on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) management with a focus on hypertension.
The participants applauded the organisers of the programme and the facilitators for a job well done.