The entourage comprised among others Nabbanja’s daughter, mother, sister, brothers, neighbor, village priest, LC 1 chairman, catechist, childhood friend and a nurse from a health center in her constituency. The newly appointed minister took time to introduce each member of her team.
There was excitement in
the Health Ministry boardroom on Monday even when the newly appointed Minister in
Charge of General Duties, Robinah Nabbanja turned up to assume her
Nabbanja turned up for the handover accompanied by a huge entourage to witness the event. The entourage comprised
among others Nabbanja’s daughter, mother, sister, brothers, neighbor, village
priest, LC 1 chairman, catechist, childhood friend and a nurse from a
health center in her constituency.
The newly appointed minister took
time to introduce each member of her team. The Health Minister,
Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, who officiated at the handover, thanked the group for
escorting Nabbanja, saying this was the first time the Ministry had received such
an entourage at an official handover.
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Shortly after receiving
the instruments of power, Nabbanja said she will focus on mobilising the
population to adopt healthy living practices since she isn’t a health
practitioner. This comes at a time when government is re-strategizing from
focusing on treatment to disease prevention.
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In her statement, the Health Minister Dr. Jane
Ruth Aceng advised the new minister to focus on the 25 directives issued
by president, Yoweri Museveni to the ministry, which are hinged on areas to do
with health infrastructure, safeguarding medicines and health supplies
from theft, addressing gaps in human resources and empowering
communities to own their own health.
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The Health Minister in Charge of Primary Health Care,
Dr. Joyce Kaducu Moriku said a week before Nabbanja was appointed minister, she
had invited her to officiate at the opening of a health facility that
she has constructed for people in her village.
For her, this means
that she has come with the health needs of the people at heart since she
already owns another health facility in her district. Before coming to the Health Ministry, Nabbanja has
been serving as a commissioner at parliament in addition to being the Kakumiro