ROGERS KALERO writes
PEER educators must strive to bring messages of hope to the door steps of various communities to ensure proper hygiene and prevent the spread of communicable diseases, Wusakile Member of Parliament (MP) Pavyuma Kalobo has advised.
Mr Kalobo said communities should work with peer educators on public health issues in order to detect early public health problems, prolong life and promote good health
The MP said it was important for all to maintain healthy lifestyles.
Mr Kalobo was speaking at the weekend at the graduation of 30 youths peer educators held at St Michael and Noah Parish in ChamboliTownship.
He said the peer educators would be on the front line in sharing information on public health matters such as, tuberculosis management and HIV/AIDS management.
“It is very much possible for people in our communities to live a healthy life if we prioritize public health care and support programmes for Tuberculosis patients and people living HIV and AIDS.
“With these peer educators joining the line of care-givers, we are a step ahead in playing our role of being brothers’ keepers. As community members, let us work closely with these Peer Educators on public health issues,’’ Mr Kalobo said.
Mr Kalobo also donated two wheel chairs to be used at Chamboliclinic and pledged to support any initiative which the youths would come up with in order to empower themselves.
He stressed the need for youths to develop sustainability in every project they come up with in order to encourage the funders or sponsors projects.
“If you come up with an initiative for a project, you should ensure that the project is sustainable and is empowering you. Any funder or sponsor of any project will be more encouraged to invest more money in the project if it is sustainable.
“So when you are ready with the chicken run, inform me so that I invest in that project of chicken rearing. As your area MP, I will not let you die when you initiate a project,” he said.