Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute (JKCI) Dar Group yesterday launched a two-day medical camp on Saturday to as sensitise citizen on taking precautionary measures against Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).
According to JKCI Executive Director, Dr Peter Kisenge, the medical camp that ended on Sunday entailed the screening of various NCDs such as diabetes and blood pressure, among others.
The cardiologist told the journalists in Dar es Salaam that the institution is implementing the programme concept to bring the health services closer to wananchi.
Dr Kisenge said they introduced the camp to serve Dar es Salaam residents, particularly those living in Temeke district.
“In executing the Samia suluhu Hassan Outreach Programme that is intended to bring health services closer to wananchi, JKCI set a medical camp in its branch of Dar Group to bring those services close to people,” he underlined.
Dr Kisenge implored Tanzanians to have the norm of doing regular health check-ups, especially heart screening, to identify any early signs of health issues and reduce the costs of treatment once the diseases are diagnosed.
“When you come early for health check-ups and diagnosed with a heart disease challenge, it will help cut the costs of the government …when we refer other patients to JKCI for heart surgery, it costs around 10 to 12 m/- for heart valve replacement…but if you come early and diagnosed, you will save that funds,” he added.