Officials from the Ministry of Health, led by the Permanent Secretary Diana Atwiine, on Thursday met with officials from the Buganda Kingdom led by the Katikkiro, Charles Peter Mayiga to discuss possible partnerships between the two sides aimed at promoting good health in Buganda
According to Dr. Atwiine, the Ministry has identified cultural leaders and institutions as a powerful tool that can enhance promotion of Public health initiatives and information like immunization campaigns, HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, hygiene and sanitation among others, hence the need for a formalized partnership and collaboration
“Cultural institutions especially Buganda kingdom have strong influence among its people. We want to leverage on that influence to strengthen our public health interventions in the kingdom,” said Atwiine.
“Also Buganda kingdom has always shown strong support to the ministry through support of health facilities and our efforts in fighting chronic diseases like cancer, tuberculosis, Sickle Cells among others. So we are just strengthening that relationship by advocating for a MoU which will be signed soon,” she said
Speaking at the meeting held at the Buganda kingdom head offices in Bulange Mengo, Katikkiro Peter Mayiga welcomed the move by the Ministry and noted that the collaboration will go a long way in promoting the health of the people of Buganda, which will in turn improve their economic productivity hence improving the economic status of Buganda and Uganda at large.
“Health is key to human development. As a kingdom, we will always render support to government initiatives in the health sector in areas where we feel the kingdom support can lead to the success of the programs like general immunization, sanitation and hygiene, general health campaigns for prevention of diseases like HIV among others,’’ he said
Mayinga added; “We have worked together before but we want to formalize that collaboration by signing a memorandum of understanding that will outline areas where we will put more emphasis to achieve the biggest impact. We must work together to prevent diseases that are preventable, vaccinate those that need control and also treat those are already affecting our people.”