¨Of these 18,231 cases were males while 49,144 were females. This is just a tip of the ice-berg,¨ said Aman.
Adding that, ¨Many more are yet to be diagnosed. This is just a tip of the ice-berg and many more are yet to be diagnosed.¨
These even as the country nears the 7000 mark after 268 cases test positive for COVID-19 bringing total tally to 6941.
Dr Aman said the Ministry of Health has prioritized halting and reversing the NCD burden in the Big Four Agenda, under the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) pillar.
COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the vulnerability of the people living with NCDs hence the Ministry, in collaboration with County Governments, has put up measures to ensure that NCD clinics remain operational during this period.
He called upon people living with diabetes and hypertension, to consume healthy diets based on the locally available foods.
¨A balanced diet is critical for preventing and managing non-communicable diseases, and their related complications during this COVID-19 season and beyond,¨ urged Dr Aman.
— Ministry of Health (@MOH_Kenya) July 2, 2020
The guidelines for healthy diet
Eat the right portion of whole grains & cereals like maize, rice, millets, sorghum, wheat; roots tubers like arrowroots, cassava, sweet potato and green bananas.
Consume plenty of vegetables such as green leafy vegetables e.g. spinach, sukuma wiki, traditional vegetables like managu, terere, kunde, mrenda, saga, pumpkin leaves and starchy vegetables such as butternut, pumpkin and other vegetables like cabbage, sweet peppers, green peas.
Eat a variety of fruits that are in season and readily available in the market such as oranges, mangoes, ripe bananas, apples, water melon.
Eat plenty protein foods, such as beans, green grams, lentils, njahi, pigeon peas, groundnuts and seeds alternating with animal protein foods such as fish, lean meats, poultry, and eggs.
Take fat free or low fat dairy and dairy products, such as skimmed milk, low fat yoghurt and fortified soya beverages.
Restricted amounts of sugar salt, alcohol, trans fats such as hardened fats and margarines and saturated fats from animal sources and fatty meats.