President Museveni has launched a house-to-house health programme to ensure disease prevention at the earliest stages.
While launching the Integrated Community Case Management (ICCM), a strategy to bring quality and effective treatment of diarrhoea, pneumonia and malaria closer to the home through village health teams (VHTs), Mr Museveni said the hospital should be the last option.
“The hospital should be a means of last resort. I am happy that the Ministry of Health is now a ministry of health not sickness,” Mr Museveni said while addressing a gathering at Kabwohe Stadium in Sheema District on Tuesday.
“Fight infectious diseases such as malaria by sleeping under mosquito nets. They have got a chemical which kills mosquitoes when they get in contact,” he added.
The President also launched the constituency health task force to improve service delivery and the integrated testing for malaria, HIV and Hepatitis B and selected non-communicable diseases.
Health minister Elioda Tumwesigye said ICCM was piloted in Kyangenyi Sub-county in Sheema Kamwenge, Wakiso and Kayunga districts where it has returned a lot of positive results.