Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Diana Atwine, Commends Initiative Focused on Student and Community Well-being

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Diana Atwine, Commends Initiative Focused on Student and Community Well-being

The excitement at Kabale University was noticeable this morning the 8th of November 2023, as we welcomed Dr. Diana Atwine, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health in Uganda in an event set to launch the KAB mental wellness center

This event marks a significant step in prioritizing mental health and well-being within the University and the surrounding community.

In her keynote address Dr. Diana Atwine, a very prominent figure in the Ugandan healthcare sector, expressed her appreciation for the initiative and its potential to positively impact society. She lauded the University for its forward-thinking approach to prioritizing mental health in the region recognizing it as a pioneering initiative in Ugandan Universities.

“I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude and extend my congratulations for the establishment of this wellness center,” said Dr. Atwine. I am sure that, once you commence service delivery, it will attract more attention and you will witness a tremendous demand for your services.”

This marks a pioneering initiative within Ugandan Universities, with a primary focus on the mental well-being of our students and the wider community.”

Dr. Atwiine on the other hand informed the students and members in attendance that HIV is increasing among young people and the government of Uganda has introduced Self-testing HIV Kits as one way of wanting to bring the services closer to its people thereby encouraging every student to know their HIV Status.

” I implore you to use the services that are available and make known to the community the importance of these services,” she added calling upon them not to let the symptoms of anxiety and depression escalate to the severe level of contemplating suicide.

The Vice-Chancellor Prof. Joy C. Kwesiga in her remarks appreciated the Ministry for selecting Kabale University to host the event saying that that this was much needed since the Kigezi Sub-region hasn’t been given enough attention as far as the youth are concerned.

“KAB is willing to partner with the Ministry of Health and other Partners in order to provide the right information and any other relevant interventions,” said Prof. Joy C. Kwesiga.

According to the University counsellor Ms. Confidence Nkurunungi, the KAB Mental Health Wellness Center is a pioneering initiative that aims to create a safe and supportive space for individuals seeking mental health support and guidance. It is designed to offer a wide range of services, resources, and counseling for students and the wider community, recognizing the needed importance of mental well-being.

The event running under the theme “Bridging the gap in access to sexual reproductive health information and service for the young people” offered free medical services ranging from Yellow fever and tuberculosis Immunisation, Cervical cancer screening, Health Education (PrEP & PEP), Mental Health Services, Safe Male Circumcision among others.

This center is set to offer a wide range of services, including counseling, therapy, support groups, and educational programs, all intending to promote mental wellness.

By setting up this centre, Kabale University has demonstrated its commitment to the overall well-being of its students and the community it serves.

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Comments (2)


    I love the move. congratulations to us as staff specifically and the community in general

    November 8, 2023 at 4:27 pm

    Good news of the year

    November 8, 2023 at 5:22 pm

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