Cardiovascular Disease

Kenya’s military on Thursday called on medics to endeavor to develop modern health systems to curb infectious diseases.

George Ng’ang’a, director of Medical Services at the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) challenged the medical experts to develop modern health systems that deal with surveillance, prevention and response to the infectious diseases.

“Susceptibility to infectious disease has for long been a concern for our military and this threatens the health and readiness of the service members,” Ng’ang’a said during the Kenya Defense Force health and security conference in Nairobi.

He urged medics to develop and utilize preventive measures available to protect service members and their beneficiaries against often life-threatening diseases.

“It remains sickening that some of our troops eager to return to their families and friends after participating in incursions, and who report no medical problems at the time of deployment, come back with symptoms of infections that might have been contracted during the operations,” he said.

Ng’ang’a said although infectious disease preventive measures for KDF soldiers in the operations had been largely successful, there was need for clinicians to stay watchful for multidrug-resistant infections which could have severe consequences in the forces.

He called on the ministry of health to develop more monitoring and responsive mechanisms within the military camps to deal with risks associated with infectious diseases like TB and malaria which had in the past led to death of officers. Enditem

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