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Buganda Kingdom has unveiled a three-day programme of activities to mark the Kabaka’s 21st coronation anniversary. This year’s celebration will focus on sensitising the Kabaka’s subjects on how to prevent diseases rather than treating them.

Speaking to journalists last week at Bulange-Mengo, Dr Ben Mukwaya, the kingdom’s health minister, said many people in the kingdom are dying of diseases such as measles, which could have been prevented if they were sensitised.

“We want to celebrate this year’s coronation anniversary by sensitising our people on how to prevent some diseases like measles and use the money they have been spending on treatment to boost their household incomes,” he said.

Measles is an acute viral respiratory illness associated with high fever, rashes and vomiting. It is considered one of the most deadly vaccine-preventable diseases, accounting for an estimated 777,000 childhood deaths per year worldwide, with more than half of these occurring in Africa.

The coronation anniversary, which will be marked in Mawogola County headquarters, Sembabule District will start on July 29 with activities such as health and development competitions, a health camp and be crowned with the actual cerebrations on July 31.

“In our health camp, there will be mass treatment of various illnesses, immunisation of children, cancer screening, male circumcision and HIVAids counselling and testing,” he said Dr Mukwaya, who is also the chairperson Coronation Anniversary Organising Committee.

He said the Kabaka will leave for Ssembabule a day before the actual celebrations to enable him tour various model farms in the district as well encourage his subjects to embrace mechanised agriculture which brings profits faster than the traditional substance farming.

assenkabirwa@ug.nationmedia.com

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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