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Wakiso slum dwellers receive free treatment

By Agnes Nantambi

Added 2nd March 2019 02:06 PM

This was during a health camp organised by the International Medical Foundation (IMF) in conjunction with Apar Foundation, a charity organisation working towards boosting nutrition among the disadvantaged children.

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Shantel Partel, the executive director Apar Foundation preparing a woman to be tested for sickle cell during the health camp at Kirinya. Photos by Agnes Nantambi

This was during a health camp organised by the International Medical Foundation (IMF) in conjunction with Apar Foundation, a charity organisation working towards boosting nutrition among the disadvantaged children.

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WAKISO - Over 700 slums dwellers from Wakiso district received free treatment in various health challenges over the weekend.

This was during a health camp organised by the International Medical Foundation (IMF) in conjunction with Apar Foundation, a charity organisation working towards boosting nutrition among the disadvantaged children.

The health camp, which attracted residents from Bukasa, Kirinya, Bweyogerere and Namataba, among other neighbouring villages, was supported by Seyani Brothers and Company Ltd.

Prudence Asobola, the project coordinator of IMF, said the needs assessment conducted in the areas established that the biggest population in the area were youth and women who lacked access to health services.

“The nearest health centre is Kirinya, which is a health centre II without enough capacity to provide health service to reach the population. This time, Seyani Brothers and company supported us to bring different partners on board to provide health services to the people,” she explained.

  child being screened for sickle cell during the camp at irinya A child being screened for sickle cell during the camp at Kirinya

 


Asobola adde: “We are providing a number of services ranging from ENT services being provided by IHCC, eye care services provided by Millennium optics , Apar foundation providing nutritional to the children, IMF providing free HIV counseling and testing, Reproductive Health Uganda providing free cervical cancer screening and other reproductive health services.

Others are, Uganda sickle cell rescue foundation providing sickle cell screening, among other services like free treatment and screening for hypertension.”

The chief executive of Apar foundation, Shantel Patel said on the side of children, the needs assessment established that many children in the area were suffering from tooth decay and poor nutrition, which called for improvement.

“We decided to partner with IMF to ensure that we provide nutrition to the children in the area on top of offering them with treatment for their teeth, eyes and noses among others,” she said.

Tracy Nagawa, the project manager the Uganda sickle cell rescue foundation said the camp was a very big opportunity for the people of Kirinya to access free sickle cell screening.

She explained that the current challenge of sickle cell is the fact that people always want to go for testing during the last stages of their marriage preparations, which is making it hard for couple to take decisions.

“You should get to know that before you move further with any partner of your choice by testing for sickle cells to avoid the repercussions,” she said.

She applauded the funders of the health camp for financing free health care services, noting that many people find it difficult to test for sickle cells.

Namulidwa Jackie, one of the residents who turned up for the camp applauded the organisers of the camp for providing free health services, saying that this was the first time it was happening in the area.

“I and my child have received the best services, my tooth has been uprooted on top of the family planning services and free treatment for my child, “she said.

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