By Goodluck Musinguzi
Over 140 Health Educators have been deployed by Ministry of Health across Uganda to revive Community Outreaches and educate the public on preventive measures of most of the diseases that are affecting them.
Dr Diana Atwine, Permanent Secretary says close to 75% of the disease burden is preventable yet it continues to affect our people. The Ministry of Health has appointed health educators to keep reminding people of their responsibility that preventive measures work.
“the preventive measures include washing hands after using toilets/latrines, cleaning surfaces, drinking boiled water, disposing of feaces appropriately, health education on personal hygiene, preventing rodents in our houses etc”, Dr Diana Atwine said.
Therefore, Health educators are supposed to provide the right information and demystify any misconceptions in the different communities.
the gap by providing right information and misinformation that is in different communities.
Bonny Natukunda Elubu, Senior Health Educator Wakiso district and Coordinator of Health Educators in Uganda says they have done a great work in sensitizing communities on radio stations across the country.
She says the continued sensitization is something that has brought some behavior change in Uganda. Behavior change is a gradual process that has to be followed up without tiring.
“Am sure with continuous sensitization from health educators in different communities’ behavior change will be achieved, most preventable diseases that are still a threat will be eradicated”, said Bonny Natukunda Elubu.
She Covid19 has made health educators do more sensitization and improved their ways of work.
Sunday Cabribo, the Senior Health Educator in Maracha District has been aggressive on most radio stations in West Nile Region.
Health Educators provide health education programs that help individuals, families and their communities maximize and maintain healthy lifestyles. They coordinate with Village Health Teams to collect and analyze data to identify community needs prior to planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating programs designed to encourage health lifestyles.
The Ministry of Health is focusing on prevention as the key message given to the general public rather than treatment.