health has partnered with Uganda Muslim Supreme Council-UMSC to promote health
and disease prevention through its platforms.
the National Health Symposium with a delegation of officials from UMSC led by
the Mufti, Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje at the Health Ministry headquarters, Dr.
Tabley Bakyaita, Assistant Commissioner Health Promotion and Education said
through the partnership, they will orient the religious leaders on some of the
health issues at hand and provide them with key messages to relate to their
congregations at an opportune time.
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Sheikh Mubaje welcomed the suggestion and assured the Health Ministry that
religion can have an impact on disease, mortality, mobility, behaviour and
lifestyle change among others.
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Dr. Henry Mwebesa, the Director-General of Health Services
noted that the Ministry is also going to engage other religious leaders through
the Interreligious Council of Uganda-IRCU on the same program.
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He said malaria is one of the biggest diseases reported in
regional health centers, adding that over 30% of outpatient attendance is
malaria, 25% of admission is still malaria yet it can easily be prevented in
communities if religious leaders speak out on the procedures.
Dr. Diana Atwine, the Permanent Secretary MOH, said not only malaria but even
other diseases like measles in children and non-communicable diseases can
easily be prevented through consistent communication from religious leaders
partnering with the ministry of health
The meeting that was attended by regional and district Kaadhis, Imams and
Sheikhs from different parts of Uganda including North, West and East.
were asked to use available communication channels like radios, televisions and
others to educate people on the availability of health services, how to access
them, the benefits and advocate for the promotion of health services during all