The health ministry wants KCCA to provide walking and running lanes on Kampala's roads
The chief walker,President Yoweri Museveni leads the walking delegation at the National Day for Physical Activity
The Ministry of Health has asked Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA
to provide walking and running lanes.
The call was made on Sunday during the second National Day for physical activity
at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds. President Yoweri Museveni was the guest of
According to the health ministry, the lack of properly designated walking and
jogging pavements puts many Ugandans at risk as they try to live healthy lives
Sarah Opendi, the Minister of State for General Duties says that walking lanes
are needed to provide safety for people who carry out physical activity on the
"As roads are being designed, consideration needs to be made to make sure
that everyone trying to be healthy is safe on our roads."
According to Uganda Police, more than 73,000 pedestrians are involved in road
In addition to physical activity, the WHO representative, Dr Yonas Woldermariam
says that people need to reduce on the amount of sugar that they consume.
"Between our consumption of sugar and lack of exercise, many people are
living very unhealthy lives and dying. But to do this, we need a conducive
environment to conduct exercise. The way we construct our cities needs to
be made more appropriate to encourage people to exercise and be safe without
According to WHO, it is estimated that at least 33 percent of Ugandans are
estimated to die due to non-communicable disease such as cancer, heart disease,
diabetes and accidents.
Dr Jackson Orem, the Executive Director of Uganda Cancer Institute says more
Ugandans need to become physically active to reduce the risks of acquiring
"Physical activity reduces the risk of getting cancer. In health, we want
evidence-based medicine and for that matter, you have to have a dose of what are
prescribed. It's suggested if you do moderate physical activity five times a
day, you reduce the risks of getting cancer by 47 percent."
Dr John Omagino, the Executive Director of the Uganda Heart
Institute says that more Ugandans need to be engaged in physical activity.
"Physical activity builds all the organs of the body. If you don't balance
your mouth, the result is abnormal body growth which leads to disease. A
quarter of our adult population is overweight and is at risk of acquiring
Dr Omagino adds that everybody should walk at least 1,000 steps a day. The
doctor also urges all organisations to remove parking spaces for vehicles so
that people walk to work instead of driving.
KCCA is currently constructing Namirembe Road as a pilot to introduce non-motorized
transport in the country. An entire lane of the road will be dedicated to
pedestrians and cyclists.
According to the health ministry, 75 percent of all Ugandans are now
estimated to be physically active since the launch of the national physical
activity day last year.