By Namakula Mariam
Dr Diana Atwine, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, has launched the second edition of the Hero’s In Health Awards (HIHA), which are expected to take place in November.
During a zoom meeting at the ministry headquarters in Kampala on Wednesday, Dr Atwine noted that the nominations will be held online and will run from 25 August to 1 October,
“I want to appreciate our health workers who have been working in this pandemic for the past one and a half years. We want to thank the partners. I am very optimistic that this time, we are going to see much more participation,” Dr Atwine said.
She added that the ministry was looking forward to many nominations and partnerships so that they are ready by the time the ceremony is held.
The merit-based awards will be held under the theme; “Protect. Invest. Together”. The public is urged to nominate their preferred hero via http://hihaaward.com/nomination-form/…
Heroes in Health (HIHA) Awards is a Public-Private partnership project that was instituted in 2019 by the Ministry of Health with the support of Extraordinary Media. The awards are anticipated to be hosted annually to pay homage to the dedicated and talented practitioners, academics, organizations and other sector partners who dedicate their careers, time, life and resources to providing exemplary care, innovation and service to Ugandans countrywide.
The awards are also a public choice award, where the public nominates and votes for their heroes with a strategic objective of shining light on their outstanding contributions.
Some of the categories include Health Journalist Award of the Year in Broadcast, which includes NBS’s Zahra Namuli, Health Innovation Award, Students Innovation Award, Excellence in Palliative Care Award and others. Lacor hospital is also among the mission-based health facilities on the list of nominees.