More than 400 residents of Mbarara and neighbouring districts recently got free medical services during a medical camp at St James cathedral, Ruharo, in Mbarara.
Among other services, the camp involved free tests for blood sugar and groups, and distribution of medicine.
The camp was organised by the community-based organisation, Umoja Africa, in conjunction with Victoria University Health Centre and the Kampala East Rotary club. A statement from Umoja Africa said the camp aimed to give rural poor basic medical services they need but cannot afford. It quotes Princess Rosemary Kirungi, the project initiator, referring to the camp as an act of giving back to her community. Ankole Princess Kirungi had her early education at Ruharo (now Mbarara High School).
Patients were also given free household items such as mattresses, pillows, soap, cooking oil and water, donated by manufacturers such as Euroflex, Mukwano and Wavah Water. Victoria University Health Centre and the Rotary club have previously had similar camps, but the one in Mbarara was the first outside Kampala.
In the statement, Dr Joan Cruz from VUHC, called the camp a success and revealed plans to have the “next upcountry Medical camp in Karamoja”.
Source : The Observer