Ministry of health partners with Bunyoro Kitara

Attendees of the meeting of MoH and Bunyoro Kingdom officials

THE OFUALOKA POST l The Ministry of Health has partnered with Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom in promoting disease prevention and health promotion in Bunyoro region.

The three-year partnership was signed on the afternoon of March 29th at Hoima Resort Hotel by Dr. Diana Atwiine, the Health Ministry’s permanent secretary on behalf of the government, while Mr. Andrew Byakutaga, the acting Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom Prime Minister signed on behalf of the kingdom.

In the partnership, the cultural leaders are offered informational materials containing 27 key messages in the local languages emphasizing key health information ranging from maternal health, nutrition, sanitation and hygiene promotion, child health promotion, HIV/AIDs control among others.

The event was officiated by Hon. Robinah Nabanja, the Minister of Health in-charge of General Duties.

Attendees of the meeting of MoH and Bunyoro Kingdom officials

For her part, she urged the cultural leaders in Bunyoro to use platforms available to them such as at social events among others, to sensitize the Kingdom’s subjects of the need to embrace good feeding, regular exercises and seeking treatment from health facilities within their vicinity.

Mrs. Nabanja observed that the country was witnessing a surge in lifestyle-related illnesses like high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer which all needed to be tackled from the diet at home.

 

 

Mr. Andrew Byakutaga, the Bunyoro Kingdom Prime Minister, in his remarks, commended the ministry for the partnership saying Bunyoro was still facing a number of health-related challenges citing; limited staffing in health facilities, limited health facilities, drug stock outs, poor mindsets, among others.

Meanwhile Dr. Diana Atwiine, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health observed that Bunyoro region’s disease burden remained high. She said it was timely to use cultural institutions because some issues related to social behavior which has attachment with cultural norms.

She said about 20 percent of the mothers in Bunyoro deliver in the hands of traditional birth attendants.