The Uganda Pediatrics Association last week called for regulation of cigarettes and alcohol use in order to curb non-communicable diseases.
The association expressed concern over the absence of comprehensive regulation of alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking in Uganda, which they said, contribute heavily to the deaths caused by non-communicable diseases.
According to the Minister of Heath Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, cigarette and alcohol manufacturing companies have given her ministry hard times as they often run to courts of law to defend cigarettes and beer consumption in order to defend their businesses.
“As the Ministry of Health, we have tabled a Limited Alcohol Consumption Policy Bill in Parliament and if enacted into law, will curb irresponsible consumption of alcohol in the entire country,” Dr Aceng said.
The minister was speaking during the 14th Scientific Conference which was organized under the theme, “Pediatrics and child health in the area of no communicable diseases”.
The World Health Organization Country Officer, in Charge of Children, Adolescents, Health and Nutrition, Dr Bodo Bongomin said WHO have labored to enumerate types of common NCDs in Uganda like stroke, cancer, diabetes, respiratory diseases and many others.
Dr Bongomin added that breastfeeding rates are still low in developing countries; further saying; poverty and poor health largely contribute to infant mortality.
“We all need to look at prevention, as many children die of passive smoking and l recommend the prices of cigarettes, beer so that they can reduce on the number of people that consume them”.