Makerere University has partned with the Ministry of Health to conduct a study of the prevalence of metabolic syndrome and associated risk factors among females of reproductive age in Wakiso.
According to Dr.David Lubogo, the Principal Investigator school of Public Health Makerere, the objective of the study is to determine the prevalence of metabolic syndrome and associated risk factors among females of reproductive age in the district.
He says this is intended to provide evidence for use in design of interventions for prevention and control of non communicable diseases.
The research is expected to commence in March, 2021and will cover 30 enumeration areas using simple random sampling method. It will involve removal of blood samples and taking of weight blood pressure and body circumference.
While introducting the study to the district leadership on Tuesday, the Assistant Commissioner Non Communicable Diseases Ministry of Health Dr.Gerald Mutungi said the Ministry “will use the knowledge and evidence to influence policy for the benefit of the population.”
Wakiso District Assistant Health Officer, Betty Nabuganda said the study is timely for Wakiso due to the increase of Non Communicable Diseases in the District.
Ms Nabuganda said, for the period October to December 2020, the district registered 10,971 hypertensive cases while in July to September 11,008 cases were registered.
“Diabetic cases escalated to 1250 for the period October to December 2020 while 481 cases Sickle cell Anaemia cases were registered a cross the health facilities in Wakiso,” she said.
She added that mothers in child bearing age are being targeted since mothers will prevent children from contracting the same diseases.
Some of the most common Non Communicable Diseases include; Hypertension, Diabetes, Asthma,Cancer, sickle cell among others.
The project is funded from the government of Uganda under the research and innovation fund.