|Health Education Syllabus Grade III Teachers' College In Uganda (SHEP, 63 p.)|
By the end of this Unit, students should be able to:-
1. State the criteria for essential drugs
2. Give examples of essential drugs available in various communities.
3. Describe the characteristics of an essential drug.
4. List the common treatable diseases and conditions that occur in various communities.
5. Explain the regulation governing the issue, distribution and sale of drugs.
6. List the factors that lead to misuse of drugs and how it can be avoided.
7. Develop appropriate teaching methods and teaching aids, for teaching topics on the use of drugs.
8. Educate others on proper drug use.
1. The essential drugs
- Criteria for essential drugs
- Characteristics of essential drugs
- Types of essential drugs.
2. Essential drugs and disease pattern in Uganda.
- Common diseases in different areas (bilharzia, sleeping sickness, malaria, trachoma...)
- Essential drugs for different areas.
3. Usage of essential drugs.
- The need for essential drugs
- When to use essential drugs
- Problems associated with drugs
(i) resistance to drugs
(ii) under-dose and overdose
(iii) expired drugs
(iv) drug dependence.
- Personal medication and using untrained medical personnel.
- Gazetted medical practitioners.
- Traditional medicine
- Quack doctors and drug sellers
- Necessity of a National Essential Drug Programme.
4. Drug Management/Administration
- Regulations governing, issue, distribution, sale and administration of drugs,
- Necessity for Drug Control Board.
- Health personnel in the community and their roles (doctors, medical assistants, nurses, health and community workers, traditional birth attendants)
5. Drug use education
- The danger that can be posed by drugs.
- Alternatives to essential drugs (good feeding, adequate hygiene..)
- Advantages and disadvantages of injections
- How and when to use drugs.
ACTIVITIES AND METHODS
- Discussion e.g.
Are essential drugs always necessary?)
- Use of Resource personnel e.g.
Health workers, D.M.Os, D.H.E
- Role play e.g.
side effects of misuse of drugs, how essential drugs reach the community.
- Guided inquiry.
- Display labelsof essential drugs.
- Observations and Recordings
- Written exercises
- Oral Questions
1. Uganda Essential Drugs Management Programme Pamphlet by Uganda Red Cross.
2. Basic Science and Health Education Vol. II