Ssekandi commended the UPDF Armoured Brigade for working closely with the people in addressing their health issues
Ssekandi (centre) listens to Capt. Umar Musisi (extreme left) who led the medical team and Maj. William Mutamba (right) at the medical camp in Kyesiiga in Masaka district
The Vice-President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi has called for the integration of medical camp activities into Government health programmes, saying medical camps are a key tool in mobilising communities towards health care and also capturing health data missed during normal health visit days.
Ssekandi experience has shown that more people are attending medical camps because of the convenience and proximity to their home places but also that many people fear to go to health facilities due to negative attitudes and only do so when the condition of the patient has worsened.
The Vice-President who was over the weekend speaking at a medical camp at Lwemodde in Kyesiiga sub-county, Masaka district, organised by the UPDF Armoured Brigade, medical staff in Masaka said that the medical camps also help in building trust between the health works and patients and therefore making a follow-up on identified cases easier.
Ssekandi commended the UPDF Armoured Brigade for working closely with the population in addressing their health issues, saying that his office will continue working with UPDF leadership and other agencies to hold quarterly medical camps saying that will also help in disease surveillance and monitoring among populations.
The Vice-President said any medical treatment extended to the rural areas always attracts huge numbers within the community, which is a reflection that the people need medical support which he said is vital intervention to better their health and productivity.
He said the outreach efforts will also facilitate in educating people on prevention, sanitation and early detection of illness so that reporting to health facilities is timely to save more lives especially among children and pregnant mothers and avoid certain ailments.