President Yoweri Museveni has called on the Ministry of Health to sensitize the public on disease preventive methods and how to live healthy lifestyles saying that people need to be educated on how to avoid contracting preventable diseases.
“Observe proper nutrition by eating healthy food, immunization of children and other risky groups, observing proper personal hygiene and sleeping under treated mosquito nets among other things helps to prevent disease,” he said.
The President said health means to avoid sickness and that people need to be educated on how much calories or starch they need and this information should be translated in local languages so that people know how much they need.
The President was yesterday launching the new public health interventions aimed at taking health services to homes and communities and enabling them get prompt and quality services.
The launch and roll out comprises of the Integrated Community Case Management (ICCM) of malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea, the Constituency Health Task Forces (CHTF), the Public Health Protocols (PHP) and the Home to Home, Door to door Integrated Testing for HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Hepatitis B and other selected None communicable diseases using Community Health extension workers at Sheema Stadium in Kabwohe, Sheema district.
President Museveni commended the Ministry of Health for implementing the program which he has been advocating for and noted that the most important thing is not managing sickness but rather prevent disease.
He said the only way people are going to avoid going to hospital is by avoiding sickness.
On infrastructure, the President said by prioritizing infrastructure development like roads and electricity it impacts on improving profitability of sectors such as commercial agriculture and industrialization which are the most productive sectors for incomes and job creation and also impact on the quality of life.
He said that Ishaka-Kagamba-Mbarara-Bushenyi and Kabwohe-Masheruka-Nyakambu-Nsika-Bwizibwera road sections will soon be worked on soon.
The President later commissioned seven ambulances for Health Centre IVs of Kabwohe, Mbarara, Isingiro, Ibanda, Bwizibwera, Mitoma and Buhweju.
Other items included Boda boda ambulances for village health teams, beds and mattresses.
He also commissioned the Ankole Coffee Producers Union Limited (ACPCU), a farmer’s organization from greater Bushenyi and Ntungamo districts which was formed to improve members’ livelihoods in sustainable way through value addition.
The organization exports over 1557MT of coffee per year to Italy, German, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
The Minister of Health Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye hailed the President for his support to the health ministry and said that government is committed to improving the living conditions of the people through the provision of improved health service delivery.