By our reporter
Over 1500 residents from the districts of Kabale and Rubanda have benefited from a free medical camp that was organized by Itambira
Island Paradise Eco Hub Foundation and Brave Heart Foundation, a charity organization from the United States of America.
The two day medical camp that started on Tuesday ended Wednesday at Itambira Island Paradise Eco Hub Foundation in Kitumba Sub County in
The residents got services which included HIV testing and counseling, dental checkups, eye cleaning, simple surgeries, Malaria testing,
cervical cancer screening, TB testing and diagnosis and general checkups while those that needed to be referred were taken to Bwama
Health Centre III. They were also given free transport, medicine, eye glasses among others.
According to the manager of Itambira Island Paradise Eco Hub Foundation, Silus Nomwesigwa, they decided to provide health services to the locals around the area since most locals around Lake Bunyonyi do not access health services easily due to lack of transport means and poor service delivery in government facilities.
He also said that the two day medical camp is part of their corporate social responsibility and their way of giving back to the community.
” we are mandated to help our communities and this calls us to have such activities that are community based,” he said.
Erica Rodgers, the founder of Brave Heart Foundation told our reporter that they are aimed supporting valuable people who cannot access
health care in Uganda.
She said that since last year, they have conducted three camps in Uganda, one at Gayaaza, another at Kasangati and Bunyonyi.
“We found that most Ugandans have high blood pressure and diabetes while 80% of the children are malnourished. Uganda needs a more proactive approach to save these people,”she said.
Rodgers also said they have some special initiative for the needy people in the community in areas of health, education and environment
adding that the two day camp is one such way they are helping the needy by offering free medical services to them.
The Executive Director of Let us Save Uganda (LUSU) Simon Byamukama commended Itambira Island Paradise Eco Hub Foundation and Brave Heart Foundation, for the move that was aimed at bringing health services closer to people.
The residents who include the treasurer of Mburashasho village Aida Twinobuisingye, one of the beneficiaries told our reporter that he has
had chest pain for almost two years and received treatment.
Others who include Norah Zaribwende from Kitooma parish, Feredisa Kaakara among others described the camp as very fruitful saying that they have suffered from illnesses and have lacked medical care because they do not have money.