By Jeff Kizilah
Report by the ministry of health’s statistics say over 200,000 children under age of 18 years suffer from heart diseases in kenya every year.
It is estimated that 3000 pediatric cases per year in Kenya is based on population of 49.7million.
Speaking during the Heart to Heart run organised yearly held in Nairobi Dr. Dan Gikonyo ,the founder of H2HF, say the foundation has initiatives and programs throughout the calander year to train teachers on prevention of rheumatic heart diseases and lifestyle diseases.
This help to identify children with heart ailments in their schools promptly basis,he adds
The congenital heart diseases affects children from all classes.
However, each year over 10,000 babies are born with congenital heart defects.
Gikonyo said the only way to address the issue, is by upgrading cardiac services and increase of medical personnel at various hospitals.