By Davis Joel Ddungu
Regional Experts on development have cautioned East African government in the region to enhance resiliency and economic development through strengthening population, health and Environment programs, if the region is to attain the required development.
Speaking during the two day regional integrated symposium on population, health and Environment in Lake Victoria Basin held at Imperial Golf View Hotel in Entebbe, experts noted that over the past years growing population density and natural resource mismanagement have led to air and water pollution, deforestation and overfishing causing a set back to the regional development.
Exerts also noted that this due to unawareness of the community adding that the natural resource mismanagement does not only hurt the environment but can also cause malnutrition and over poor health thus seeking for governments intervention immediately.
The executive secretary of the lake Victoria basin commission, Dr Ally Said Matano, in his remarks to the participants said the symposium is aimed at providing a platform for sharing knowledge and experience in health, population and Environment policy, advocacy and promoting efforts.
He added that its also aimed at discussing the role of technology and innovation in improving health and environmental conservation outcomes , identify opportunities for resource mobilization to support the policies among others.
The minister for East African Affairs, and second deputy prime minister Kirunda Kivejinja, in his speech remark read for him by his junior state Minister, Julius Maganda Wandera, cautioned stakeholders to work hard find solutions for the causes of public health challenges associated with an unusual triple burden of disease escalating communicable and non-communicable among others.
He has also urged participants to find proper policies for population control in order to curb the ongoing high population growth.