Dr Alfred Mubangizi, Ass Commissioner Neglected Tropical Diseases, MoH; Acknowledging ICHIO Team for the good work in the fight against NTDs, and encouraging students from Makerere University and Mulago paramedical schools to get involved in the fight to eliminate NTDs in Uganda.
Participants of the "Students Voices on NTDs" from Makerere University and paramedical schools in Mulago in a group photo with the Commissioner NTDs, MOH, Dr Alfed Mubangizi
ICHIO Chairperson, Maxencia Nabiryo (Left) and Executive Director, Tadeo Tumusiime (Right), advocating for the fight to Beat NTDs
Mr. Norman Aweno giving an expert opnion on NTDs: He encouraged use of technology in creating awareness, preventing and increasing access to services in NTDs
Community Women Leader, giving opening remarks during the community awareness event on NTDs in Katoogo zone, Ggaba, Kampala
Health experts have warned that people who reside near water bodies are also likely to suffer from bilharzia since they draw water out of the lake for use. The acting assistant commissioner of vector borne and neglected tropical diseases at the health ministry, Dr Alfred Mubangizi, said bilharzia is one of the 11 diseases neglected tropical disease which is still a challenge among several communities. Mubangizi, while addressing medical students and health experts at the Makerere University School of Public Health, said most of these diseases are transmitted through water and communities tend to take them for granted. He said the diseases are common around areas of Lake Kyoga and Lake Victoria, adding that people near the beaches who use the water are likely to contract the disease. He, however, warned that people should not relax although some diseases such as Guinea worm have been wiped out. The co-founder of the Integrated Community Health Initiative Organisation (ICHIO), Maxencia Nabiryo, said 1.5 million people risk contracting bilharzia in Uganda. Nabiryo said Ugandans should maintain hygiene in order to avoid the disease. She said in partnership with the school of Public Health and the health ministry, they had come up with a programme to sensitise communities living around the lakeshores.
ICHIO members cover primary care, social care (involving services for older persons and for persons with a disability), mental health and health and wellbeing and it is envisaged that they will provide more integrated access to health services in social care, mental health and health and well being.
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