By our reporter
Over 5,000 residents of Kabanyonyi in Ndorwa East constituency, Kabale district have received free medical treatment at a health camp organized by the Rotary Clubs of Kololo and Kabale.
Cancer screening, family planning, dental and eye treatment, HIV testing, blood donations were among the services offered to the people by over 60 doctors in the two day camp that is happening at Kabanyonyi Primary School.
Dr Nathan Kenya-Mugisha, the Rotary Club of Kololo president said they were overwhelmed by the number of patients that turned up for treatment. Mugisha said they received over 5000 patients on Friday and they expect more people to turn up on Saturday.
“The rate at which people turned for the services shows that the health situation in the area is dreadful and it requires urgent concerted efforts to save it” Mugisha noted.
Mugisha said that Rotary Club prioritises Health in its outreaches because most Ugandans cannot afford to avail themselves good health care.
He said that the club considered Kabanyonyi after being tipped by one of their members about the increasing cases of sight challenges, old age complications, child related illnesses and dental issues.
Mugisha added that on top of the health camp, the club will also donate 1000 trees to Kabanyonyi Primary school in order to boost environmental conservation in the area.
Six schools from the same area, Rugarama Nursing School and Kabale medical institute will also receive free books from the Club.
Most of the patients that turned up for medical treatment were old women and infants.
Pascal Bizimana, the Rotary Club of Kabale president said that every year, the club holds two camps in what they dubbed “Rotary family health days.”
Rotary Club of Kololo has in the past organized the same free medical camps in Ntungamo, Rukungiri , Kamwenge and Ibanda districts among others.
Dinavence Turinawe , 76, who is among those who turned up said she has been battling stomach complications for the last 15 years but could not afford money required for the treatment.
“I am so grateful to Rotary Club for making it possible for me to get this health care for free. I never imagined this,” said Turinawe.
Ndorwa county East legislator Wilfred Niwagaba who is hosting the team commended rotary international for thinking about people in the area and extending specialized services to them.
He revealed that the work of rotary international is very key since they give free services to the locals.