Some 21 nurses of the CBC Health Services have obtained new skills on screening for, and assessing exposure to NCD risk factors- lifestyle risks; tobacco use, alcohol misuse, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity. The 3- day training, 22-24 January 2020, at the Director of Health Services Hall, Nkwen Bamenda was under the theme: Inclusive Know Your Numbers featuring the extension of KYN services to people with impairments, and pregnant/breastfeeding women. Dora Ngam, site coordinator of the NCD unit, Kumba Baptist Health Center was thrilled to share her experience, ‘the training was quite enriching, I now know NCDs are no longer classified in four groups ,but five, with mental health being latest addition. Also I didn’t realize the role gender had to play as a non- modifiable risk factor for NCDs, I now have a clear picture on this, and the extension of KYN services to persons living with impairment was the tip of the iceberg for me’ she said during an interview with focus on CBC Health Services.
KYN is an awareness and screening mechanism for #NCDs, intended to highlight the roles of individuals, families and communities to prevent and control NCDs.To do screening on NCDs, one needs to routinely check a number of health numbers: blood pressure, body mass index, waist circumference, and blood sugar.
These numbers reflect one’s status with respect to biological or metabolic risk factors which increase their risks to develop an NCD. We are perpetually exposed to risk factors and since NCDs develop silently, the concept is that, if you have abnormal numbers, early diagnosis reduces the chance of dying or suffering from complications of NCDs.
The CBC Health Services has been offering KYN services over four years, over thirty five thousand, two hundred and fifty (35,250) persons have been screened and over 6,155 persons referred for confirmatory diagnosis and proper follow up.