From our current membership portfolio we are able to generate lots of data on disease trends and would like to share this with you.
It is important for us with the data and you the media with the voice, to work together to inform the public in order to sensitize them on:
- The need to take care of their health.
- The need to finance their health care needs.
|Diagnosis Category||Total Spend||As a %|
|Diseases of the respiratory system||165,845,533||17%|
|Diseases of the digestive system||116,148,647||12%|
|Certain infectious and parasitic diseases||99,555,099||10%|
|Pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium||81,274,398||8%|
|Diseases of the genitourinary system||74,814,214||8%|
|Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue||72,793,430||7%|
|Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes||61,493,149||6%|
|Symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified||52,629,893||5%|
|Diseases of the circulatory system||50,174,008||5%|
|Factors influencing health status and contact with health services||48,890,533||5%|
Diseases of the respiratory system and parasitic diseases still take the highest percentage in 0-5 years of age in 2014 as well as 2015.
Life style and environmental factors contribute majorly to the causes of the two disease category.
Immunization and improved environment will play a major role in prevention of this contagious diseases.
The percentage of Respiratory disease on this age has gone lower by 10% compared to the 0-5years of age.
In instances where children have genetic predisposition and are exposed to environmental factors are more likely to develop respiratory disease than those with no genetic predisposition.
Reducing the trigger does not remove the underlying causes of the disease and the number of people affected ,but it may lead to substantial health gain because it reduces the symptoms.
Diseases of the respiratory system was leading among this group with 22% followed by digestive system diseases at 16%, certain infections & parasitic infections at 15%, diseases of the musculoskeletal & connective tissue at 7% and injuries, poisoning and other consequences of external causes at 6%. This is due to the active nature for the age groups and need to learn the environment.
Public health education to create awareness on importance of hygiene and emphasis to personal responsibility and community responsibility on maintaining good general health.
Pregnancy and childbirth cases were high at 17% followed by diseases of the digestive 12%, respiratory 10% and genitourinary systems at 10% while certain infections & parasitic diseases accounted for 8%.
One group in this age bracket (21 to 30 years) is attracted to adventure and are likely to start experimenting with alcohol, cigarettes and sexual activity.
Disease of the digestive system are leading at this age bracket at 12%. This has taken the same percentage as last year.
Musculoskeletal diseases at 11% is the second most prevalent in 2015 which is much higher than in 2014.
Health education on the importance of a balanced diet with properly prepared food and adequate intake of vitamins and plenty of water.
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue was the most prevalent disease among persons aged 51 to 60 years old, accounting for 18% of claims cost. Notably, injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes had a significantly large percentage of claims cost at 11%. Compared to 2014, there has been a significant drop ( 11%) in the prevalence of circulatory disease which account for the largest percentage last year. As at now prevalence diseases of the respiratory system have remained low (8%) same as 2014.
Continuous health education among persons in this age group on the importance of healthy eating and lifestyle habits to ensure continued decline of the dreadful circulatory diseases.
The diseases of the Musculoskeletal and Digestive system have a percentage of 16% at this age bracket.
Being mid year, comparing 2014 & 2015 circulatory disease have taken a percentage decrease of 2%.This gap may be closed by end of the year. The increasing cost of chronic disease treatment is also a contributing factor.
Currently people have been able to watch their health wellness through diet changes and exercise.