The number of new diabetes and hypertension cases continues to increase in Manicaland, a situation that requires more support to attend to the non-communicable diseases that are accounting for 31 percent of deaths in the country.

According to World Health Organisation (WHO) global status report, diabetes and hypertension are among the leading causes of deaths globally and were responsible for 38 million deaths in 2012.

Zimbabwe is also being affected by the non-communicable diseases that according to the WHO account for 31 percent of total deaths in the country with provinces that include Manicaland recording a sharp increase in diabetes and hypertension cases.

Manicaland provincial Medical Director Dr Patron Mafaune who was speaking at the sidelines of an event to donate a Chronic Care Clinic building constructed at St Peters Hospital by the Medicines Sans Frontiers (MSF) said 3 527 hypertension cases were recorded this year from January to June compared to 1 627 cases in 2017 while diabetes had 566 new cases compared to only 372 cases reported during the same period last year in the province.

“There is an increase in the number of diabetes and hypertension new cases when we compare cases that were reported in 2017 and 2018 from January to June. The construction of a chronic care clinic by MSF is a positive development in helping to attend to non-communicable diseases,” he said.

MSF representative Dr Nisbert Mukumbi said the construction of a Chronic Care Clinic at St Peters Hospital in Checheche was done after a realiszation that there is a growing number of hypertension and diabetes cases exceeding 530 patients at the rural health centre.

“The number of hypertension and diabetes cases had reached alarming levels resulting in our intervention,” he said.

Dr Mukumbi said his organisation is also capacitating nurses to effectively attend to non-communicable diseases to bridge the gap on the shortage of doctors in Chipinge.