By Andrew Irumba
Kampala: Today, Ministry of Health’s Permanent Secretary Dr. Diana Atwiine has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Omukama of Tooro Rukirabasaija Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV on behalf of Tooro Kingdom to enhance disease prevention and health promotion through the kingdom’s cultural mechanisms.
This has been confirmed by the Ministry’s Communication department after tweeting thus; “On behalf of the Ministry of Health, Permanent Secretary Diana Atwine has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Kingdom of Tooro to enhance disease prevention and health promotion. This is part of the Ministry’s move to engage cultural and religious institutions to promote good health practices.”
It should be remembered that this is the third MoU the Kingdom has signed within the period of two months, the previous being with MTN Uganda where the two parties signed a partnership deal worth 700 million (Seven Hundred Million Shillings) to boost Kingdom’s social-economic development.
The Spy Uganda established that the support will be extended for over a period of 2 years and will focus on promoting programs in the areas of health, sports and culture. Among the programs to be supported include the popular Amasaza football tournaments and the newly introduced inter-counties bicycle competitions.
Meanwhile, MTN’s deal came after the Kingdom had signed another MoU with Uganda Industrial Research Institute- UIRI to establish an industrial research institute and specialized industrial park in Tooro. The park, valued at USD 100 million (366 billion Shillings), will be named after the King Oyo Science, Technology, Innovation and Industrialization park.
King Oyo noted that the MoU of establishing the research institute in Tooro will fulfil his aspiration of making his Kingdom a model of sustainable development starting with ending poverty and building employment.
Not only this but the Kingdom a few days ago, signed a conservation partnership with Coca-Cola Uganda to ‘Save River Mpanga’.
The conservation partnership, signed at the Coca-Cola Platform at the UMA Showgrounds in Lugogo, Kampala, involves cleaning-up activities to get rid of plastic waste from river Mpanga, mobilization and sensitisation of the people of Tooro about the dangers of irresponsible waste management, especially in the new Fort portal tourism City.
This website also learnt that between October and December this year, the Kingdom of Tooro will run campaigns among residents sensitizing them about the best environmental practices in the community and responsible plastic waste management to promote recycling.