Health and Community Services

The Health Department has approached health concerns with facility and community approaches. Health is defined as the state of being sound or whole in body, mind, or soul; especially, the state of being free from physical disease or pain. Health goes beyond issues related to the physical condition of individuals and their diseases, to cover social determinants of health.

The physical health refers to body health, and is the result of regular exercise, proper diet and nutrition, and proper rest for physical recovery. However, social health describes either a level of cognitive or emotional well being or absence of a mental disorder. It is a state of well being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stress of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community. Social health includes environmental health, lifestyle, and health care services. Health is more of personal health as a result of nutrition, hygiene, stress management to prolonged psychological stress which may negatively impact health such as by weakening the immune system and mind. Health care involves the prevention, treatment, and management of illness and preservation of mental and physical well being through the services offered by the serve providers.

The creation of a health and community services department was in 2003, it was instituted by the Retired Bishop Benezeri T. Kisembo to coordinate health related services within the Diocese which has been instrumental in ensuring the people live a life in all its fullness. “To respect the dignity of all people and to promote and defend people’s rights to improved health and prolonged life: that they may have life and live that life and have it more abundantly: “John 10:10. The Diocese is extending health services to the people through 11 lower level health units in the current Districts of Kabarole, Kyenjojo, Kyegegwa, Bundibugyo Kamwenge and Ntoroko. These health facilities are not profit making Institutions of the Church.

The Diocesan health services are committed to a holistic, integrated and sustainable action health. This includes prevention, treatment, promotion and Education/training.

As we commemorate this golden Jubilee, let us recognize the contribution which the faith based health units are making in PNFP health Sub sector. We appeal to the Government both Local and Central levels to support PNFPs so that they are able to deliver accessible, equitable, efficient and quality health care to the disadvantaged and less privileged people in our rural areas.

Our major concern should remain the provision of quality care and service in response to meet the expectations of our clients who need adequate medical attention.

On our part, We are doing our best to enable the Christians and community in our Diocese attain both physical and spiritual well being through provision of quality health services and preparing them to take full responsibility of looking after their health in a sustainable manner. Let us remember that God is calling us today to be men and women of action in our daily endeavors.

“The world today is not hungry of words but action said” Nelson Mandela. Let us strive to dedicate our services to God in this world a better place for humanity to live in. Remember it is God we are serving and he will give us rewards “Col. 3:23” To God be the Glory Amen.

BY Rev. Joshua K. Kutegeka, Diocesan Health and Community Services Coordinator