Now that Ugandans ‘leave’ longer, fast ‘trucking’ of developing a curriculum on the care of the elderly is paramount

Now that Ugandans ‘leave’ longer, fast ‘trucking’ of developing a curriculum on the care of the elderly is paramount

TODAY, we travel far and wide to bring you stories from neighbouring countries, as well as from the North-west and South of Tanzania.

All are taken from the October 8 edition of the Daily Blog. Welcome. We start with Kampala from where, a story titled: “Government Commits to Support Curriculum for Elderly Care”, emanates.

State Minister for Higher Education, Dr JCM, is reported to have said the following: “The fast ‘trucking’ and development of ‘the’ curriculum for elderly care services is paramount now that Ugandans ‘leave’ longer ‘with’ the need to get professionals that handle the elderly care services”. Surely, the State Minister did not talk of “fast trucking” the development of a curriculum. Nor did he say that Ugandans ‘leave’ longer.

He wanted the development of the curriculum ‘fast tracked’ now that Ugandans were ‘living’ longer. To “fast-track’ means: “to make something happen, develop or progress, more quickly than usual”. However, there is something unusual about whether Ugandans leave or live.

October 9 was Independence Day in Uganda. A post on one social media platform lamented that Ugandans are still residing in poor quality or rundown houses, 60 years down the road.

Here is a quotation referring to someone who is famous but who is spending his life in a tiny thatched hamlet: “What Independence Day are you really celebrating when the army officer Sgt Kanuti akolimo Lawelo who raised the Ugandan Flag on October 9 1962 is ‘leaving’ in such a poor condition?” It is as well that he is not leaving his country, but surely he is entitled to decent living conditions! All who have an interest in Kenyan politics have their eyes trained on ODM Leader Raila Odinga, and the DP, William Ruto, come 2022 when a new President is to be elected.

“ODM leader Raila Odinga rules out coalition with Ruto for 2022 Polls”, reads the headline. Odinga was addressing the Kalenjin people. Why is he saying this? “I am ready to work with anyone.

The last time you gave him (Ruto) to me, we worked together well but he ‘choose’ to walk out on me”. “Choose”? No. We are talking about a past event. Ruto, Raila claims, “chose” to walk out on him. Back home, we have a story from Bukoba titled “Kagera RC advocates for milk drinking to improve health”.

He is issuing a warning at the same time: “However, the RC cautioned against random taking of milk ‘in’ the streets, but instead, people should purchase it from authorised milk processing plants to avoid contracting ‘contagious’ diseases”.

Now, even if you drank unsafe milk, it is highly unlikely that you will contract a “contagious disease”, since: “a contagious disease spreads from one person to another through touch, or through the air”. Contaminated milk, however, may lead to you having a stomach ace. In another story titled: “Muleba residents smile as mobile doctors offer services”, we are told of specialist doctors offering mobile medical consultations throughout Muleba, a District which: “comprises of 166 villages, ‘43 yards’ and five divisions”.

Now, what are these “43 yards”? After consulting a local government expert in the country, it was concluded that the writer had “43 wards”, and not “yards” in mind. Finally we move to Kilwa and read this story titled: “Government to explore new fresh water sources”, quoting none other than the Prime Minister: “The Premier explained the government plan to start ‘fetching’ water from river Rufiji to Kilwa and Nachingwea districts”.

It is us, users, especially women, who fetch water. I would put the above sentence differently: “The Premier spoke of the government plan to start ‘providing’ water to Kilwa and Nachingwea districts, from river Rufiji.” All the best!



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