By Kabuye Ronald
As schools reopen this Thursday, School managers have been urged to be vigilant against students and staff sneaking in tobacco products of any kind and other drug substances since they cause a high risk to COVID19 patients.
The call has been sounded by the national coordinator of Uganda Health Communication Alliance (UHCA) Richard Baguma Tinkasimiire during a webinar with the media, ministry of health officials and donor partners.
Dr. Hafsa Lukwata, the assistant commissioner in charge of Mental health at the ministry of health said in their programs they have included tobacco control and fighting substance abuse right from schools hence appealing and appropriate awareness messages on the same have been designed and will put in schools.
She adds that they will also go an extra mile to train peers on how to fight substance abuse in addition to offering psycho social support.
Dr. Hafsa also appealed to politicians, religious and traditional leaders to include tobacco control and substance abuse messages in their communications since tobacco is very dangerous in all its forms.
Meanwhile the Manager for centre for tobacco control in Africa, Dr. Jim Arinaitwe appealed to journalist to be armed with the accurate science and information of Tobacco so that they make informative communications.