Higher Education Authority (HEA) Director General, Professor Stephen Simukanga, led HEA during the Wellness Drive organised by the Authority in commemoration of World AIDS Day which annually falls on 1st December.
Professor Simukanga, who had his eyes examined, amongst other check-ups, encouraged HEA Management and Staff to know their status.
“Knowing (your HIV/AIDS status) is half the battle right there. You have no reason not to know your status because with ARV treatment (Antiretroviral treatment) that is sustained as part of your everyday routine, your immune system stays strong and you can live a long, healthy life,” Professor Simukanga said.
The Director General added that in the active pursuit to attain a state of being in good health, regular eye examinations are vital because rarely do eyes hurt when something is wrong until it’s too late.
“Eye tests are as vital a health check as any other test you perform on a regular basis because these tests allow for early detection and, consequently, successful treatment of eye conditions such as Cataracts and Glaucoma,” Professor Simukanga said.
World AIDS Day was commemorated around the world under the theme “Know Your Status”. To this effect, HEA organised a Wellness Drive through its Human Resources and Administration.
Speaking during the Drive, Human Resources Officer, Mr. Milimo Michael Haketa, reiterated the importance of knowing ones status, adding that with regular exercise, a good and healthy diet, and quality sleep, a healthy life can be maintained even when one is HIV positive.
“This year, World AIDS day was commemorating its 30th anniversary and as part of HEA’s policy of promoting wellness amongst our Management and Staff, Human Resources and Administration organised the Wellness Drive because knowing your status is key to your wellbeing,” Mr. Haketa said.
This article was written on 3rd December, 2018, by Birbal Boniface Musoba, Corporate Communications Officer.