Nabbanja Advocates for Preventive Healthcare in Graduation Ceremony

Nabbanja Advocates for Preventive Healthcare in Graduation Ceremony
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During the first graduation ceremony at St. Ambrose Institute for Health Sciences in Kagadi, Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Nabbanja Robinah called upon health workers to emphasize preventive healthcare over curative measures. Over 200 graduands received certificates in nursing and midwifery during the event on Saturday.

Nabbanja highlighted the significance of promoting health and preventing diseases, stating that 75% of Uganda’s disease burden can be prevented through health promotion. She emphasized the need to shift from a primarily disease-oriented care system to one focused on health promotion, aligning with the Ministry of Health’s strategic plan (2020/2025).

Non-Communicable Diseases, some of which are preventable, pose a growing challenge for the country. Prime Minister Nabbanja urged health workers to support the government’s efforts to encourage healthy living and protect individuals from preventable diseases.

Addressing the newly graduated health workers, she urged them to be agents of change in their communities, serve with dedication, and make the best use of their knowledge.

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Nabbanja highlighted the government’s substantial investments in the health sector, including the training of health workers and the upgrading and equipping of health facilities. Health Centre IIs are being upgraded to Health Centre IIIs to enhance the provision of quality healthcare services.

She encouraged health workers to maintain their patriotism and avoid alcoholism to serve the country effectively. Nabbanja reminded the graduates of the NRM’s four core principles: Patriotism, Democracy, Pan-Africanism, and Socioeconomic transformation, encouraging them to incorporate these principles into their work.

Nakimera Tina Nakalanzi, representing the Ministry of Education and Sports, commended the private sector for their contributions to skill development and healthcare services for citizens.

Monseigneur Joseph Birungi, the proprietor of the St. Ambrose Institute of Health Sciences, called on the government to support the private sector’s efforts in developing healthcare services. He requested a tractor to help produce sufficient food for the growing number of students and internet services for research and learning improvement.

Prime Minister Nabbanja assured the congregation that the government would address the issues raised by the management, including the delivery of the tractor in November 2023.

The graduation ceremony began with a holy mass celebrated by Msgr. Peter Kaberenge, who encouraged graduates to remain curious and strive for continuous learning to stay relevant in the workforce.

St. Ambrose Institute of Health Sciences, founded by Msgr. Rev. Fr. Joseph Birungi, aims to provide essential health training to students to contribute to the country’s development.

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