Health has always been a delicate topic to discuss. Many prefer to live in poverty and be healthy that sick in a mansion. Whether the preference of an individual, health challenges are eminent and seem to attack everyone without discriminating. Who thought that just one ailment would threaten to wipe out the whole country like in the case of Ebola in 2014? So what other health challenges is the world facing today?
Cancer is an illness that has been taking centre stage for decades now. There is no hope of the statistics dropping because other than preventing its spread in the body, there is nothing much that can be done about it. No one is really sure what causes it and the many strains make it even more impossible to come up with a theory. In developing countries, statistics show that cancer is now killing more people than tuberculosis, malaria and HIV combined. Although it is a non- communicable disease, it is proving to be quite a challenge to handle.
There has been a decrease in the number of infections in the world over the past decade of so. However, according to UNAIDS, the epidemic will spring back to life again if something is not done soon. They predict even higher HIV infections that there were in the past. This is contributed by the fact that up to 35% of people living with the virus do not even know they have it. They are therefore living without knowing they can pass it on to others. The youth today are also more promiscuous than they were in the past with many engaging in group sex parties most times without protection.
TB is an airborne disease that can be passed on from one person to another just by breathing. Most people today have associated TB with HIV making it shameful for a person to admit that they have it. This makes most people skeptical about testing for it when they experience symptoms. For this reason, more and more people end up being infected. Other than that, there is the new strain of the disease that is resistant to medication. This strain is killing more and more people and many others spreading it especially in the crowded countries in Asian and Africa. If not handled correctly and right away, this is among the diseases that could easily wipe out the whole continent in just a few years.
With the high mobility of people across the globe, it’s hard to control how diseases spread. In this event, one should always take proactive measure to ensure their good health. Regular check up at the clinic for infection and other health issues can help mitigate early problems.