IN IMAGES: Journalists, government communicators trained at One Health

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A healthy one went home. This was the case when journalists from different media houses and public relations officers or spokespersons from government ministries, departments and authorities were exposed to health risk communication at the Golden Tulip in Kampala during a three-day training (September 26-28, 2022) .

. Group two members pose for a photo after their health presentation at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Kampala.

Imaculate Nabukenya, one of the One Health facilitators addressing participants

Imaculate Nabukenya, one of the One Health facilitators addressing participants

How is his health? According to Dr Immaculate Nabukenya, who was one of the facilitators, health is about professionals working together in human, animal and environmental health.

One Health is also defined as an approach involving the collaborative efforts of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally and globally to achieve optimal health for people, animals and our environment.

This, according to Nabukenya, minimizes the spread of diseases from animals to humans and the transmission of diseases from the human population to wild animals. They are also called zoonotic diseases.

Gerald Tenywa, presenting for One Health participants.

Gerald Tenywa, presenting for One Health participants.

One Health participants stretch after their long day of training

One Health participants stretch after their long day of training

“Prevention is better than cure,” said Nabukenya, adding that it was important to preserve the environment and treat animals when they are sick and avoid bad practices such as sharing homes with animals.

During the training, Nabukenya pointed out that there are more than 100 zoonotic diseases, but there are seven zoonotic diseases that the government considers a priority.

According to Nabukenya, priority zoonotic diseases in Uganda are anthrax, zoonotic influenza viruses, viral haemorrhagic fevers, brucellosis, trypanosomiasis (African sleeping sickness), plague and rabies.

Group One Members of One health giving a presentation during the first training day

Group One Members of One health giving a presentation during the first training day

One health training participants on their second day at Golden Tulip

One health training participants on their second day at Golden Tulip

According to the organizers, the training also helped to identify gaps in health communication.

The training was timely as it was delivered a week after the government declared the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Madudu sub-county, Mubende. Media and spokespersons exchanged ideas on how to cover the zoonotic disease outbreak and post-zoonotic disease outbreak.

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