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Kyrgyzstan|health|December 6, 2023 / 10:01 AM
Over 400,000 women underwent preventive examinations as part of "Female Health Month"

AKIPRESS.COM - Within the framework of "Female Health Month" in October, more than 400,000 women aged 18 and above across the country underwent preventive examinations in primary health care organizations for the prevention and early diagnosis of noncommunicable diseases, the Swiss Embassy said.

The month was conducted by the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic supported by the Swiss project "Effective Management and Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases in Kyrgyzstan" from October 1 to October 31, 2023.

As a result of the month, 82,000 women were identified with high blood pressure for the first time, while 7,000 were determined to be at high risk of developing cardiovascular disease and over 6,000 women were discovered to be at an elevated risk of developing diabetes. In addition, 5,000 women were found with suspected breast cancer, and 3,000 with suspected cervical cancer.

The next crucial step for the health system entails the work of family doctors and nurses with women with identified health problems to help reduce the risk of noncommunicable diseases or prevent their complications.

Noncommunicable diseases constitute the primary causes of mortality not only in Kyrgyzstan but globally. Major noncommunicable diseases include cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes mellitus, and lung diseases. The primary risk factors contributing to these diseases are unhealthy nutrition, lack of physical activity, alcohol consumption, and smoking.

The Swiss project “Effective Management and Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases in Kyrgyzstan”, financed by the Swiss Government, helps to improve the health and wellbeing of the Kyrgyz population through equitable access to quality primary care services and the promotion of healthier lifestyles. The project covered Chui, Naryn, Talas and Issyk-Kul regions and now it covers Osh, Jalal-Abad and Batken regions, as well as Bishkek and Osh cities.

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