Buy your girlfriends fruits instead of chips – health ministry official

KAMPALA

A senior ministry of health official has urged Kampala International University (KIU) male students not to buy chips and chicken for their girlfriends but instead buy them fruits.
Dr. Gerald Mutungi, the head of non-communicable diseases –ministry of health explained that unhealthy foods such as chips and chicken are the causes of non-communicable diseases like diabetes, cancers, high blood pressures that are leading to so many deaths and that they should be avoided.

Non communicable diseases are disease or conditions that are not transmissible from one person to another either directly or through vectors.
“ Be physically active, avoid unhealthy diets.,” Dr Mutungi told KIU students on Friday while launching the students health club organized by Center for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD).
He added: “you male students don’t buy chips and chicken for your girlfriends. Instead, buy them watermelon. I know that if you don’t buy chips and chicken for your girlfriends, what was done to Amama Mbabazi will be done to you but this should not worry you”
Dr Mutungi further explained that ministry of health statistics are worrying in regard to the non- communicable disease before urging the students to be exemplary and role models in fight against the silent killer at the university and in communities.

Quoting from the ministry of health statics, Dr Mutungi said hypertension patients stand at 25% of the total population, diabetes between 3% to 8% of the population, cancers 300 patients per 100,000 people and 300 people per 1,000,000 people having kidney related diseases.
Mr Mutungi further explained that 80% of the people with the non-communicable disease are not aware that they have them.
Ms Primah Kwagala, an official from CEHURD asked the students to go and test for various non- communicable diseases so that they know their status early.
The civil society group had organized free testing for high blood pressures, breast cancer for female students among other tests at the Kansanga Kampala based university.

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SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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