Head of the Healthcare Division at PPC Ltd, Dr. Chikara Nwoke, has said reliable diagnostic equipment and devices play a crucial role in the proper management of Non-Communicable Diseases.
A statement made available to Newsmen stated that the deployment of innovative healthcare technology would enable early diagnosis and detection of these life-threatening diseases.
NCDs like cancer, diabetes, chronic respiratory infections, and cardiovascular diseases, which accounts for 74% of deaths globally according to WHO, are on the rise in Nigeria. In developing countries, these severe health conditions impact adversely the working population cutting down on productivity and overall economic output.
According to Nwoke, a multifaceted approach is urgently required to stem the tide of rising NCDs and should involve both the development of human capital and the procurement of medical facilities to effectively cater to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and continuous management of these diseases.
He said, “NCD’s are silent killers and can exist in the human body and remain undetected for a long time”. Recommendations for regular health checkups and appropriate clinical investigations are critical to obtaining the right clinical diagnosis which is an important aspect of the management of the disease condition. However, there are instances of misdiagnosis and such can occur due to an improper understanding of the patient’s health problem.
An accurate investigation and timely diagnosis by a trained clinician can save the day. “We need to prioritise the early diagnosis, and treatment of non-communicable diseases, especially among the vulnerable and poor, by formulating public policy that addresses its prevention, early diagnosis and treatment. More than ever before, we need to address the contributory risk factors and ensure all people, no matter where they live, have access to quality clinical investigation and treatment.”