Turning to the health sector, the President said that the NRM government’s biggest health effort to succeed has been immunisation.
“We started with 8 vaccines but are now on 13 vaccines including the vaccine against Hepatitis B,” he said.
President Museveni made the remarks at a Thanksgiving ceremony for Ngora district Woman Member of Parliament, Hon. Jacqueline Amongin, which was held yesterday at Ngora Bishop Kitching College Demonstration School Play Grounds in Teso Sub Region, Eastern Uganda.
He said that many of the diseases would be blocked forever if people ensured proper hygiene, good nutrition, slept under treated mosquito nets and got immunized.
“After blocking diseases by immunization, if the chairman and the district health officer could promote proper hygiene, ensure proper construction of latrines and washing of hands after visiting the latrines, most of the diseases would be eliminated,” he said.
President Museveni also cautioned the public against engaging in promiscuous behaviour and alcoholism noting that indulgence in them would make one stand a risk of catching diseases such as HIV/AIDS.
“I have managed to make it to 73 years of age because I do not drink alcohol. I have been here for the last 30 years and all this time you have never heard that Museveni is sick and is in hospital. I do not have time for sickness,” he said.
The President told the people of Ngora in particular and Uganda in general that although the NRM Government is committed to the construction of hospitals and health centres, the priority should be avoiding and preventing sickness.
“Health is wealth. When you are healthy you can do anything that you want to do,” he said.
At the ceremony the President also passed out 5,600 graduates from the Jacqueline Amongi Development Foundation Skills and Incubation Centre. The graduates were trained in tailoring, carpentry, piggery, apiculture, poultry and liquid soap making, among others.
Earlier, President Museveni performed a ground-breaking ceremony for the Ngora-Nyero-Kumi water supply and sanitation project at Agu village.
The Shs. 24.5 billion project is one of the water supply systems constructed under the Water Management and Development Project (WMDP).
The project commenced in May this year and is being undertaken by M/s China Geo-Engineering. It is expected to be completed by the end of June in 2018.
According to Mr. Dominic Kavutse, who is Commissioner of Urban Water and Sewage Department, at its completion, the project is expected supply 10 million litres of water per day. The project will draw water from River Ago.
Sponsored by the World Bank, the project is being implemented by the Government of Uganda through Ministry of Water and Environment and National Water and Sewage Corporation.
President Museveni noted that the water project would go a long way to support government efforts of irrigation in order to ensure that farmers grow crops throughout the year.