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Ministry of Health, Church of Uganda in Joint Fight against Malaria, COVID-19

A team from the Ministry of Health yesterday July 21, met with the Archbishop of Uganda, His Grace Stephen Kazimba to discuss “Covid-19, malaria and other key health issues.”

The team, led by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health, Dr. Diana Atwine conducted discussions with the Archbishop on utilizing Church structures in the sensitization of masses on health promotion and disease prevention.

“We had a good meeting with the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Rev. Dr. Stephen Kazimba on how to achieve Health Promotion & Disease Prevention by using church structures to sensitize masses on causes, prevention and treatment of different diseases,” Atwine posted.

She added that while negotiations and consultations between church leaders and Health Ministry, government officials are still ongoing concerning the reopening of places of worship, their support in, and willingness to follow guidelines for mitigating the spread of Covid-19, is immensely noticeable.

“The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Stephen Kazimba, maintains that church leaders were much orderly and ready to bear by the standard operating procedures set by government to tame the spread of Coronavirus,” she further wrote.

The Archbishop, in the same vein, revealed that his theme of “conversion of the head, heart and mind” fits the Ministry of Health message of getting households to take responsibility for their health.

Dr. Atwine commended the work of the Archbishop and the entire Church of Uganda fraternity in informing and educating the public about health matters.

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“You continue to impart knowledge and value to the generation. Thank you for standing firm and speaking out on issues of health. They bring value and contribute to the well being of people,” she said.

This comes at a time when the Ministry of Health is pushing the mass sensitization on sleeping under treated mosquito nets in the fight against malaria with a mantra hash-tag SleepUnderTheNetUg.

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