KIU, Main Campus - Sensitizing persons, creating health awareness, and bringing health services closer to those in need has always been a challenge in this era, especially in Uganda. However, during the first-ever Health Peer Link Bazaar held at Kampala International University (KIU) in Kansanga, the Ministry of Health unveiled a new and digital means to readily provide health services and consultancy to those in need, at a touch of a button. This was done with support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), World Health Organization (WHO), Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), and World Bank Group.
Toll-free numbers were provided (0800100066 or 0800311222), also in connection to the Naguru Teenage Information and Health Care Center, where one can dial and immediately be connected to a medical professional who will readily provide assistance and guidance.
Dr. Annah Amani Kamugirize encouraged students to make use of the Toll-free numbers, and the social media platforms for Yo Space Uganda, so as to ask health questions that they feel they can not disclose to anyone except medical workers for help.
One of the health workers from Naguru Teenage Information and Health Care held that people, especially the youth, tend to take health issues for granted, and end up forgetting that they are risking their lives. She further urged they should become way more aware of their health and the risks involved, and even seek medical counsel where possible, paying more attention and making more use of the toll-free numbers that have been provided.
With this new move towards the digitalization of health services, all parties involved hope to move forward with an aim of creating better platforms to aid sensitization of health issues, and provide consultancy services and guidance where required.