Uganda will join the rest of the world to celebrate the international population day, and this year’s event will be celebrated in Omoro District on July 11, 2018.
This was disclosed by the Director General of National Population Council Dr. Jotham Musinguzi during a corporate social breakfast meeting for population partners where the council was also launching the World Population Day activities at the Kampala Sheraton Hotel.
The theme for this year’s world population day will be “Leaving Nobody Behind: Improving Service Delivery and Accountability”.
President Yoweri Museveni will be the chief guest.
Speaking at the meeting, Musinguzi said that although Uganda will be joining the world to celebrate the day, the country is still doing badly especially when it comes to access to health services mainly in the reproductive sector.
He says that this has contributed to early pregnancies among the youths.
“As the country joins the rest of the world to celebrate the population day, we need to inject more resources in the reproductive health if the country is to have a better future generation. The current situation is alarming especially in Northern Uganda when it comes to reproductive health services,” he explained.
Dr. Musinguzi added that Uganda’s predominantly young population (with 76% below the age of 30 years) calls for capitalisation on the youthful population in order to achieve sustainable social and economic development.
For the country to achieve the development, he suggested, government needs to focus more on strategic investments in education and health as well as pushing for economic reforms that will stimulate innovations and increase purchasing power of the population.
Launching the world population day activities, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah said that parliament is committed to ensure that Ugandans have access to basic health services across the country.
Uganda for the last twenty years has been celebrating the World Population Day and in 2017, the event was held in Busia District.
Speaking at the same event, Omoro District Local Council V Chairperson Peter Okello said that Omoro district has the highest rate of early pregnancy in the whole of Northern Uganda which stands at 28%.
He attributed the burden on the war and cultural norms which have forced many younger girls from the district into early marriage.
“Traditional norms are a big challenge in the district; many parents marry off their daughters at a younger stage because girl child is considered as a source of income to their parents,” he said.
According to information available from the population council many activities are going to take place.
These include: provision of assorted education materials and support to needy schools in the host district, reproductive health clinic camps will be held Omoro among others.