ZOMBO. In a bid to give back to the community, the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) Padea custom in Zombo district on Tuesday led a campaign on good hygiene practices at Nyapea hospital in Nyapea sub-county.
The campaign was marked under the theme: “promoting hygiene.”
Led by the in-charge Padea custom Ms Lillian Awachango, the team commenced its activities with health education and cleaning exercise and ceremoniously marked its climax by giving out detergents, bars of soap and handwashing facilities among others to patients at the health facility.
Awachanga said Padea custom in fulfillment of its cooperate social responsibility this year, chose to promote hygiene on account of Ebola threats from the Democratic Republic of Congo and other hygiene-related disease burdens.
“We thought of doing something on hygiene because we had a lot of threats following record Ebola death in our neighbouring country,” Awachanga explained.
She urged a crowd of patients at Nyapea hospital to take to their various homes the good hygiene practices demonstrated by the facility staff and the URA team in order to prevent diseases among their family members.
“You should not stop with it here, carry the good hygiene practices to your homes so that the children are free from many diseases”, Awachanga said.
The Medical Superintendent Nyapea hospital Dr. Jammy Omara, who received the donated items said the theme chosen by URA Padea custom is relevant because poor hygiene is the entry point for most diseases.
“I want to thank you for considering to come to this hospital and particularly, with this theme because good hygiene is a preventive measure for a number of diseases including malaria,” he said.
Ms Emily Lucky, the enrolled midwife who joined in the health education also commended the URA officials for the initiative and implored the patients and their attendants to embrace handwashing and other personal hygiene practices in a bid to prevent diseases like typhoid, diarrhea and cholera among others.
“Most of you don’t wash hands even after visiting the toilet and go ahead to give these children food and other things, a reason for frequent diarrhea attack among children,” she warned.
Ms Agnes Arombo, who was attending to her child at the facility said they were impressed by the kind gestures shown by URA staff, adding that she never thought of URA giving to the people apart from tax collection.
“We are very happy for these people from URA because I was left with a small piece of laundry soap and now I have a full bar and detergent,” Arombo said.
She, however, decried poor hygiene practices among patients and attendants which according to her, undermine efforts being made to scale up good hygiene practices.