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MPS WANT GOV’T TO PROVIDE FREE DRUGS TO DIABETES, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE PATIENTS

Video: MoH MESSAGE ON CHILDREN & MATERNAL HEALTH

By Joel Mugabi

MPs have passed a motion by Kanungu District Woman MP Patience Nkunda urging government to provide free drugs to Ugandans suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure.

In her motion, Nkunda sought to compel government to provide free  screening and treatment for retinopathy, which causes blindness; free  blood  lipid control to regulate cholesterol levels  as well as  screening  for early signs of diabetes-related kidney disease and treatment.

The Kanungu politician noted that 40 per cent of Uganda’s health centres don’t stock drugs to treat chronic diseases. She added that drugs for diabetes and high blood pressure were currently too expensive for the average Ugandan.

During debate on Nkunda’s motion, Tororo Municipality MP Apollo Yeri Ofwono supported the motion and urged government to procure and avail these drugs through Moses Kamabare’s National Medical Stores (NMS).

Bugiri Municipality’s Asuman Basalirwa submitted that some of the non-communicable diseases can be avoided through regular exercise and proper dieting. “As we urge government, we need to sensitize ourselves on the need to live health lifestyles,” added Basalirwa.

Ndorwa West MP David Bahati, also State Minister for Industry, welcomed the motion to provide free health care services to patients with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) but added that the best option would be emphasizing preventive measures.

“We have free one hour airtime on radios to talk about government programmes and I urge you to use this to talk about NCDs, especially the preventive side,” he added.

Chief Opposition Whip and Manjiya County representative John Baptist Nambeshe submitted that when it comes to health talks about NCDs, health workers, as opposed to politicians, should be given the opportunity to educate Ugandans.

“[The media health education shows] should not be a preserve of RDCs. It should be an exercise conducted by technical people to sensitize the public about prevention,” said Nambeshe.

The NUP MP left many laughing when he listed sex as one of the physical exercises that could help Ugandans prevent NCDs. He emphasized that exercises should not only be outdoor ones like football and jogging but indoor ones such as sexual intercourse which he encouraged people to prioritize, equating it to a stone that hits two birds: fulfilling conjugal responsibilities and keeping one healthy.(For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994, 0779411734, 0200900416 or email us atmulengera2040@gmail.com).

 

 

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