Resolution Insurance launch disease management program campaign

By Christine Muchira

Resolution Insurance has embarked on a spirited campaign to educate members on self-management and prevention of lifestyle diseases.

The disease management program adopts a model of client centered treatment approaches coupled with education and assistance in management of chronic conditions.

Speaking during the Disease Management Forum Resolution Insurance General Manager Operations Betty Obingo-Omune said that there is a rise in the incidence of non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) notably cardiovascular disease and Diabetes.

“Presently, about 27 percent of the total deaths in Kenya are due to Non-Communicable Diseases. The trend has changed because previously the concern was on communicable diseases. They occur between the ages of 30 years and 70 years,” she said at a Nairobi hotel.

This diseases include heart and the heart vessels ailments such as hypertension and diabetes, she said.

“Our young generation are suffering from these diseases due to the modern lifestyles that they have adopted,” she said.

On his part, Dr. Sushant Srivastava, a Cardio-Vascular Surgeon, noted that lifestyle diseases have in the past been associated with older age groups, but recent evidence shows that 16 million of all deaths attributed to non-communicable diseases occur before the age of 70.

“This is attributed to the rapid urbanization, sedentary lifestyles, unhealthy eating habits and lack of physical activity,” he added.

Similarly, Beatrice Wangari, a clinical nutritionists, said while speaking about Hypertension, that the disease is so dangerous because it gives off no warning signs or symptoms.

High-normal blood pressure, Family history of hypertension, Overweight, Excess Consumption of Sodium Chloride are some of the factors influencing the development of hypertension.

Dr. Sushant Srivastava is a Cardio-Vascular surgeon of national repute.

His special area of expertise includes Beating Heart Bypass Surgery, Single, Double and Triple Valve Repairs and Replacements, Aortic Aneurysm Surgery including Endovascular Repairs and Complex Vascular Procedures on the Aorta, Carotid Arteries, and lower limb vessels.

He gained national prominence by performing successful bypass surgery on a 96 year old patient, probably the oldest reported patient to have undergone this operation. His total experience now is over 9000 cases.

He received training in Cardio-Vascular Surgery at the prestigious AIIMS, New Delhi, completing his M.Ch in CTVS in 1994 and then continued on the faculty as Assistant Professor until Sept 1998, was actively associated with the Heart Transplant and Ventricular Assist Device Program of AIIMS, and was in-charge of donor management.

The wide ranging expense and training at the Institute has made him equally adept in Pediatric Cardiac surgery.

Resolution insurance is highly inclined to the health and wellbeing of their members, they promote health measures that are in keeping with improving quality of life as well as health and productivity.


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