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Rugunda: Bigirwa Family a Pillar for NRM Growth

Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda (right) and his wife Jocelyn lay a wreath on the grave of the late Bernadette Bigirwa in Kabwohe, Sheema District on 6 April 2015. (Prime Minister's Press Unit photo)

State Minister of Health (Primary Health Care), generic sick http://cehurd.org/wp-admin/includes/deprecated.php Sarah Opendi has undertaken to accelerate enactment of the Food Safety and Alcohol policy that will help regulate consumption of alcohol in the country.

While launching the National Burden of Foodborne Diseases pilot study report at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala, see http://dadstreet.com/wp-admin/includes/update-core.php Opendi said alcohol would have to be regulated like any other food, medical http://csrf.net/app/sf.php because it is actually food.

“All along, I didn’t know that alcohol was food but since we currently don’t have a food safety law, I hope before the end of my mandate at the Ministry expires, I will make sure that we have a food safety and alcohol policy enacted,” Opendi observed.

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Opendi said that the report would help formulate several policies that will later culminate in a law that will homogenize consumption of alcohol in the country.

She expressed dismay at common reports indicating that alcohol has penetrated schools and is being misused by students and even pupils.

According to research, Uganda leads all African countries in alcohol consumption and ranked number eight which is largely due to a rampant trade in illegally made rotgut.

The launch of the report was one of the commemoration ceremonies to mark the World Health Day which will be celebrated on April 9th in Agago district under the theme: “Food Safety for Good Health”.

The report indicates that foodborne illnesses are recognized as a significant public health challenge in the country.

Data from the Health Information Management System (HMIS) of the Ministry of Health reveals that all the different types of foodborne illnesses are endemic in Uganda and occur with almost the same frequency year after year.

The available data demonstrates that over 14 percent of all diseases treated each year are due to foodborne related illnesses. These include Cholera, Dysentery, acute non-bloody diarrhea, persistent non-bloody diarrhea, typhoid, paratyphoid fevers and recently Hepatitis E.
The opposition is mourning the death of Kabale-based lawyer, online http://choladathaicuisine.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/sync/class.jetpack-sync-module-themes.php Wilfred Murumba, pharmacy with FDC members describing the deceased as a “selfless” and “jolly” man.

ChimpReports today morning broke the news that Murumba was admitted in critical condition at Kampala Hospital in Kololo after being transferred from Mulago Referral Hospital.

A close family member told this website that Murumba complained of “severe stomach complications” and that a “spot” had been found on his liver.

According to Harold Kaija, hospital a member on the FDC publicity desk, “At exactly 12:10pm our lawyer Wilfred Murumba breathed his last at Kampala Hospital in Kololo.”

He added: “We watched him fight his last battle.”

Kaija said FDC leaders Ingrid Turinawe and Dr Kizza Besigye’s sister, Dr Olive Kobusingye were in the final preparations of evacuating Murumba this evening to Nairobi Hospital for specialised treatment.

Murumba was the lawyer in the case in Kabale where Dr Besigye, Hon Erias Lukwago, Mayor Munyagwa Mubarak were charged with unlawful assembly.

He was also the lawyer who moved across this country during Walk-to-Work defending opposition activists.

It is widely held that Murumba, who recently sat for interviews for the position of judge at the High Court, ate food laced with toxic substances.

Engineer Kafeeza, who has been following closely the treatment of Murumba, told this website on Tuesday: “We are waiting for results of a specialised investigation into body sample tests carried out by Kampala Hospital and a medical facility in United States.”

“During an investigation on Murumba’s internal organs, it was found that he had a spot on the liver. We don’t know what caused it,” he added.

He dismissed reports of poisoning, saying there is no confirmation yet.

Multiple organ failure

FDC Women League leader, Ingrid Turinawe said Murumba succumbed to multiple organ failure.

“So sad, our great counsel in Kabale has passed on. He drove from Kabale on Tuesday after complaining of stomach pain, vomiting, etc. He walked himself into Mulago hospital and he was admitted. On Wednesday, he was transferred to Kampala hospital after the situation worsened. Today he has died due to multiple failure of organs.”

Ousted Kampala Mayor and activist, Erias Lukwago, described Murumba as “my good friend” and “comrade in the struggle.”

Lukwago mourned: “You will always be remembered for your firm stance on matters of social justice and constitutional governance. You made me feel at home every time I visited Kabale to answer those tramped up charges.”

According to the tentative programme, a vigil will be held on Tuesday night in Bwebajja along Entebbe Road.

A memorial service is planned for Wednesday at Christ the King Church in Kampala starting 9:00am. The body will later be taken to Kabale for burial.
The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda on Easter Monday praised the late Woman Member of Parliament for the former greater Bushenyi District Bernadette Bigirwa and her late husband Jack Bigirwa for the work they did in mobilizing people for the National Resistance Movement government.

Dr Rugunda who represented President Yoweri Museveni at a thanksgiving ceremony to celebrate the lives of the Bigirwa’s also launched a coffee factory built by the children of the deceased.

The function took place at the home of the deceased in Kabwohe, ampoule http://ctabuenosaires.org.ar/wp-admin/includes/menu.php Sheema District.

The Prime Minister said that the late Bigirwa helped spread the seeds of the Movement and enabled it to reach many people across the country.

Dr Rugunda said that while in Parliament, treat http://cyberneuro.com/templates/fw_mazaya/warp/systems/joomla/layouts/com_contact/contact/default_links.php the late Bernadette Bigirwa provided dynamism and impressive leadership. He described the late Bigirwa as “a committed cadre of the Movement.”

He said the late Jack Bigirwa was an enterprising man who supported and initiated development projects in the region.

The late Bernadette Bigirwa died in 2004, http://debiontheweb.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-upgrader.php while her husband died in 2007.

Turning to the children of the late Bigirwas, the Prime Minister thanked and congratulated them for keeping the good name of their parents alive.

He particularly paid tribute to Bernard Sonny Bigirwa, one of the sons of the deceased who spearheaded the construction of the coffee processing factory that was launched on the same day.

The function was attended by the Chief Justice Bart Katureebe, the area Member of Parliament and Minister of Health Dr Elioda Tumwesigye, Sheema District Woman MP Hon Nyakikongoro, religious leaders, local government officials and hundreds of ordinary people.

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