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CAMPAIGN LAUNCH IN AMURIA DISTRICT

Some of the people that turned up for the campaign launch in Amuria district

According to the District Health Officer, Ms. Margaret Walikira, Amuria has a total population of over 40,000 people with 40 health facilities. She mentioned that there is an urgent need for a district hospital since there was a notable increase in the number of NCD related cases in the district. She encouraged women to check for cancer, hypertension and diabetes
She also encouraged them to eat healthy diet if they are to live longer and cautioned women to avoid multiple partners.

Hon. Musa Ecweru, the minister of disaster preparedness launched the campaign focusing on the creating awareness on key risk factors among women aged 20 to 45 years. These risk factors which are intertwined includes: harmful use of alcohol, tobacco use, physical inactivity and unhealthy eating habits
The occasion was attended by over 500 people women between the age group of 20 to 45 years, Chief Administrative Officer, Local Council V, district health officer, district counselors, area councilors, LC3 chair persons, religious leaders, head teachers other invited NGOs to mobilize women and educate them on the NCD risk factors. The minister pledged to work jointly with UNCDA and Uganda Cancer Institute to organize a health camp to screen women in Amuria for cancer and diabetes.

During the launch, various activities such as processions, along the major streets of Amuria town, praying for the patients,cancer screening, HIV and AIDS testing, testimony, speeches from the different invite guest and drama on informing the public about the dangers of NCD risk factors.
The CEO, Ms. Constance Kekihembo, in her speech told the gathering that the campaign was targeting women aged 20 to 45 years and those in the formal setting because they have the power. She urged the politicians to disseminate information about NCDs to the communities since they have the platforms and mandate.
We expect to reach out to create awareness about the four risk factor of NCDs which includes harmful use of alcohol, tobacco use unhealthy eating habits and physical in activities to the women aged 20 to 45 years