Thousand treated ahead of Kabaka’s visit

Thousands of people from within and outside Lyantonde District have received treatment at a health camp ahead of the Kabaka’s visit to Kabula County.

Kabaka Ronald Mutebi is expected in Kabula County (present day Lyantonde District), to preside over community services on Saturday.

The day marked every October 8, was deferred to Saturday (November 8) by Mengo, the seat of Buganda Kingdom. The kingdom marks the day in commemoration of its independence, which was granted before Uganda got independence on October 9, 1962.

Community service seeks to instill the spirit of self-help among kingdom subjects and also acts as a tool that can propel social and economic development.

On Wednesday, health service providers, including Lyantonde Hospital, Uganda Cares, Salaama Shield, and the United Nations Population Fund, held a health camp which was attended by thousands of people.

Outreach programme
Mr Paul Nyonyitono, the Lyantonde Hospital head of HIVAids Department, said the camp was a community outreach programme which sought to bring services closer to people.

He said key among the cases that were treated included malaria and dysentery, free safe male circumcision, HIVAids testing and counseling and family planning.

Dr Okoth Obo, the Lyantonde health officer, said the district was struggling with high rates of HIVAids prevalence which currently stands at 11.5 per cent compared to the national rate of 7.8 per cent.

Abstain. Buganda premier Charles Peter Mayiga, who toured the ongoing health camp and closed the youth campsite that provided counselling services and survival skills to the teenagers, urged the youth to abstain from sex until marriage.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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