Government has partnered with Buganda Kingdom to sensitize the community to minimize the spread of Tuberculosis (TB) in the 18 counties which make up the Buganda region.
Buganda Kingdom’s Information Minister and spokesperson, Noah Kiyimba says, currently, Buganda region is grappling with a lot of diseases because the community is not sensitized to prevent themselves from the said diseases.
He says 70% of the diseases affecting the community in Buganda are preventable.
The minister made the remarks while addressing Kingdom leaders including; parish chiefs from the Buganda Kingdom, and saza chiefs who attended the Tuberculosis sensitization conference organized by the Ministry of Health to spearhead the eradication of Tuberculosis.
“We have a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Health and the key objective basically is to see that Kabaka’s subjects are okay health-wise,” Kiyimba said.
According to Kiyimba, 30% of the homesteads in the Greater Masaka region lack toilets and this is why majority of the people spend most of their time in hospitals treating diseases that are preventable.
According to the statistics from the Ministry of Health, about 90,000 Ugandans are still developing TB annually including 1,500 multi-drug resistant TB. Also, an estimated 15,600 deaths due to TB are registered in the country yearly.