The Minister of Works and Transport, Gen. Katumba Wamala, has launched the ‘Yambala 4 Me’ campaign, urging the public to embrace a culture of self-driven responsibility when it comes to using safety protective items. The campaign emphasizes the importance of courteous and responsible use of condoms, face masks, seat belts, helmets, life jackets, and other protective gear to safeguard lives when engaging in various activities.
Both the Ministries of Health and Works and Transport have expressed concern about the persistent trend of people neglecting the use of protective equipment when undertaking tasks that may pose sudden threats to life.
Gen. Katumba Wamala, in particular, highlighted an alarming practice among the transport community, where bodaboda (motorcycle taxi) riders attach helmets to their motorcycles instead of wearing them. This practice has contributed to over 1,400 recorded bodaboda accidents.
While some bodaboda riders shared their perspective on road accidents and helmet usage, the Director of Health Services in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Olaro Charles, pointed out that people’s negligence in using condoms contributes to the daily toll of 32 deaths from HIV/AIDS.
Gen. Katumba Wamala passionately encourages the public to demonstrate personal courtesy and responsibility by adopting safety measures to prevent diseases, road accidents, water incidents, and other life-preserving actions.
The ‘Yambala 4 Me’ campaign urges people to consider each other’s well-being and make use of various protective gear: condoms to prevent sexually transmitted diseases, face masks to control the spread of tuberculosis and COVID-19, life jackets to enhance water safety, and helmets and seat belts to reduce road accidents. This comprehensive approach aims to create a safer and healthier environment for all.