BY BRIGHT NIWAHA
The Health Awareness Week (HAW) for the Trinity Semester that was conducted from June 11 to 16 at the old netball pitch has highlighted decent behaviour and excellence in life under the theme,“Behaviour choices: Are you choosing right?”
During the week, a number of health challenges that the students and staff are currently facing were highlighted. These include hypertension, diabetes, backache, sexually transmitted infections, obesity, mental ill-health, the different types of cancer, accidents and injuries.
Services were offered to assist the community access health care and vaccination for a number of conditions including Hepatitis B vaccination, blood pressure check-up, body mass index (BMI), and deworming. Further, there was dental screening, a marathon and walking race,blood donation and health talks in students’ halls of residence. The services were offered by Nama Wellness Community and Health Centre, ABII Clinic, and Nakasero Blood Bank.
According to the results released by service providers, only two people of the 409 who tested for HIV were found positive. A total of 204 people attended dental screening, 489 had their BMI taken; 500 were dewormed and 74 accessed the tetanus vaccine. 306 were vaccinated of the 318 who tested for Hepatitis B.
Dr Edward Mukooza, the chairman health and safety committee,said the week is conducted every semester as part of the university programme whose aim is to promote health and equip students and staff with skills and information on life skills in and around the university community.
“Health is one of the most expensive dimensions of life. We therefore use this week to discuss issues that affect your spiritual and physical health whose main objective is health promotion and disease prevention,” Mukooza said.
Vice Chancellor John Senyonyi, while launching the HAW on June 11 in Nkoyoyo Hall, urged the university community to be mindful of what they take in, whether food or drink, stressing that whatever choices one makes today come with consequences.
“Quite often as Christians we tend to be exclusively diligent in reading our Bibles and forget that a good spirit must dwell in a healthy body. You can make a choice of what to do, what to eat, where to go but you cannot choose the consequences,” Senyonyi said.
Although there was a marked decrease in the number of service providers this semester as opposed to the past one, the exceptional services they offered, like the Hepatitis B vaccine at Shs15,000 per shot, were fully appreciated and embraced by the community.