Mukono has been named the healthiest city in Uganda.
This is in regards to fighting cardiovascular diseases, in a pioneering heart index that was launched by Prudential Assurance Uganda in partnership with Sync Media, a research consultant firm.
The survey that was done by Sync Media with support from Prudential Assurance, was carried out across six urban centres of Kampala, Mukono, Entebbe, Jinja, Gulu and Mbarara.
It indicated that residents of Mukono and Entebbe displayed the healthiest indicators for heart health, whereas Kampala and Gulu scored towards the bottom of the index.
“Our Prudential Medical Scheme provides insurance coverage for acute and chronic disease, and as a result we have come across several cases of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) affecting Ugandans.
“1 out of 4 adults in Uganda suffers from high blood pressure which is a major cause of heart disease and other accompanying heart complications, ’’ Arjun Mallik, CEO Prudential Uganda.
The Prudential Heart Index measures the risk of acquiring heart disease based on five factors: (1) awareness of heart disease, (2) hypertension, (3) consumption of alcohol, (4) inactivity and (5) poor diet.
Mallik said the Prudential Heart Index (carried out by research consultants Sync Media) is designed to teach us that while the risk of heart disease is increasing in Uganda, it can be averted through more exercise and a healthier diet.
“We feel it is our responsibility help reverse this trend so that Ugandans can live longer, more active, and fulfilling lives.
“Together with the Ministry of Health and Uganda Heart Institute, we decided to help create public awareness about the causes of cardiovascular disease and the need for healthier lifestyle choices,” he added.
Dr. Charles Olara the Director Clinical Services, who represented Uganda’s Minister of Health, Dr Jane Aceng at the release of the survey results, applauded Prudential for carrying out research on heart disease in Uganda and giving Ugandans free access to heart check-up which supports the ministry of health efforts and the Uganda Heart Institute to curb heart disease.
“Coronary Heart Disease deaths create a huge impact and comes with significant cost on the health infrastructure in Uganda.
“These activities carried out by Prudential and its partners speaks to the compelling need to increase awareness about the causes of cardiovascular disease among the general public and the need for lifestyle changes since most of the negative impact is preventable,’’ said Olara.