67% of students ignorant about lifestyle diseases

Kampala.

About 67 per cent of university students are ignorant about Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and yet they are fast becoming a public health problem in the country, a new report has revealed.

The report released by Centre for Health Rights and Development (CEHURD), a civil society group, last Friday showed that majority of students could not describe what non-communicable diseases are.

Non communicable diseases are a result of tobacco and alcohol consumption, unhealthy diets and lack of physical exercises.
The report carried out in Makerere, Uganda Christian University Mukono, Kampala International University and Nkumba University shows that 40 per cent of female students have ever taken alcohol compared to 49 per cent of their male counterparts.

It showed that 11 per cent of females and 13 per cent for males were current tobacco smokers.

The study assessed knowledge, and practices from more than 2,000 students last November.

Following the findings, CEHURD has launched a campaign at Nkumba to sensitise students about the dangers of NCDs.

The students were aised to avoid junk foods and smoking.

The numbers
17 per cent- Percentage at which NCDs and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases are projected to increase by next year according to the health reports.

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SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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