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Over 1,500 get free treatment in Busia

By Vision Reporter

Added 24th September 2008 03:00 AM

OVER 1,500 people in Majanji village, Lumino sub-county in Busia district, received free treatment from several ailments on Sunday. Among the diseases treated were malaria, eye infections, headache, back pains and skin diseases.

By Ronald Kalyango
OVER 1,500 people in Majanji village, Lumino sub-county in Busia district, received free treatment from several ailments on Sunday. Among the diseases treated were malaria, eye infections, headache, back pains and skin diseases.

The mobile clinic exercise, which cost sh20m, was organised by Kampala Pharmaceutical and Marine Group of Companies. “Due to the increasing prevalence of malaria, we decided to partner with several companies to treat people of various sicknesses,” said Consolate Ademson, the pharmaceutical’s human resources manager.

She said the clinic was aimed at encouraging people to have confidence in the locally manufactured drugs. Ademson regretted that many people in remote areas had no access to health services.

She urged the Government to consider local pharmaceutical companies during the tendering process for drugs for the Government-aided health centres.

Ademson said over 10,000 people had been treated since the mobile clinic started two years ago. Previously, she added, the exercise had been conducted in Mpungu sub-county, Kanungu district and Pagak camp in Gulu.

The other areas covered were Kidera in Kamuli, Nakawuka in Wakiso, Lira, Isingiro, Nakasongola and Mbale. Kampala Pharmaceutical Industries is part of the Aga Khan Development Network, operating in Asia and Africa.

Over 1,500 get free treatment in Busia

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