By Christopher Nyeko
Gulu: State Minister for Northern Uganda, Ms. Grace Freedom Kwiyocwiny, has asked the corporate people to embrace physical fitness exercises if they want to curb high rates of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, high blood pressure, and obesity, among others, which are claiming the lives of many cooperative people.
Kwiyocwiny says corporate people are prone to getting non-communicable diseases because they don’t engage in physical exercise; however, they are always focused on doing their businesses without engaging in physique.
The minister was speaking on Sunday as the chief runner in a UN marathon organized to create awareness of sustainable development goals at the grassroots level.
Fabian Mwanyimba, UN area coordinator for northern Uganda, reveals that the UN is currently working toward the intervention of curable remedies for treatment for non-communicable diseases in a bid to reduce mortality compared to the preventive cure that is currently being administered to people with such health conditions.
Health is the third priority among the 18 sustainable development goals.
Mwanyimba, however, called upon the public to change their lifestyle, especially in terms of nutritional values and a balanced diet.
In Uganda, nearly one in four adults dies from an NCD before the age of 70, and NCDs are estimated to kill around 100,000 Ugandans annually, as revealed by the United Nations.
This year’s national commemoration of the United Nations Day will be held in Gulu City on October 24, 2023, under the theme “accelerating the achievement of the 2030 agenda and the sustainable development goal”.
The commemoration activities will include SDG runs and football matches, public dialogue on SGDs, and outreach activities.
During the run, Minister Kwiyocwiny also trekked for about 7 kilometers from the Gulu district council hall to the Pece War Memorial Stadium through the UNATU Gulu office to corner Olayilong, via the industrial area, Corner Wang-oo, to favor the medical center, then concluded at the Pece War Memorial Stadium.
The flag was graced by the minister, Kwiyocwiny, at 7:40 am; however, she reached the finishing point at 9:00 am, where she was cherished for being exemplary.
All the participants in the marathon were awarded certificates of participation, while those who performed exceptionally during the run were reorganized by UN officials.
They include Agnes Oroma, Joyce Adong, Paula Otto Ayugi, Charles Tonny Owor, Ronald Adeya, and Oyoo Walter, while the categories of persons leaving with disabilities include Owonga Charles, Acayo Pauline, and Stephen Isaac Oketayot.
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