After three days of illness at home, Bosco Sekadu decided to go to Kimenyedde Health centre II, in Nakifuma Sub-county, Mukono District, about three kilometres from his home in Ndwadde Mutwe. After trekking the distance, Sekadu was given only Panadol and told to return in case his sickness persisted, never mind he had not been diagnosed yet.
When the fever persisted, he returned to the health centre where he was diagnosed with malaria.
When the Rotary Clubs countrywide conceived the idea of adopting villages to focus their attention on, one of the Rotarians, a former student in Ndwadde Mutwe, asked his colleagues to assess Ndwadde Mutwe, a village located in Nakifuma, Mukono District, 40 miles from Kampala.
Together with members of Sunrise Rotary club and the headmaster of Ndwadde Mutwe Primary School, Dr Jane Mukiibi, a medical practitioner from Mulago hospital, organised a medical camp, which attracted over 700 residents of Ndwadde Mutwe and neighbouring villages, many of whom decried the poor state of health services in the area.
Many village folk trekked to receive free medical checkup and treatment.
The medical camp extended Ear, Nose and Throat check-up and treatment to the residents.
The residents were also checked for different ailments and given full dosage of the right medications. Those who needed further specialist attention were referred to bigger hospitals in town.
Mr Chris Galiwango, the headmaster of Ndwadde Mutwe Primary School, says the village lacks adequate health facilities to treat the local people. “The nearest health centre is Kimenyedde Health Centre II and it also lacks medicine to handle the ailments,” he says
Monica Mugisha, the Sunrise Rotary Club president, says they picked on this particular village after doing an analysis of their urgent needs.
Through the club, they were able to zero down on the health needs of the community and the fact that the community lacks a health centre strengthened the club’s resolve to offer free medical attention.
The Rotary club, which meets weekly, is focusing on improving social services in the village by not only providing the health camps but also refurbishing the local primary school.
Most important however is to bring affordable health services closer to the locals in the area.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor