Palliative Care Association of Uganda has honoured Jim Muhwezi with an award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the promotion of palliative care.
The association also honoured Barclays Bank, Rwenzori Bottling Company, DTB Bank, Medical Access Uganda and Mbale Regional Referral Hospital, in appreciation of their commitment to palliative care.
The awards were given out during a fundraising dinner at Hotel Africana in Kampala.
The President of Palliative Care Association, Dr. Samuel Guma said that the awardees had been key partners in the crusade to popularize palliative care, which was why they had opted to reward them.
"Honorable Muhwezi gave immense support to palliative care when he was still the minister of health. Organizations like Rwenzori Bottling Company have also added value to palliative care through the services they offer."
Sr Lucy Agabom from New Life Hospice Arua and Dr Jacinto Amandua address guests after the palliative care facility. (Credit: Mathias Mazinga)
During the same function, the guests raised about sh6m in support of New Life Hospice Arua. The donors included, among others, Chairman of West Nile Parliamentary Caucus Benard Atiku (sh500,000), Jim Muhwezi (sh500,000) and Uganda Association of the Deaf (sh200,000).
The function was also graced by the founder of Hospice Africa Uganda, Dr. Ann Meriman.
Others who attended the function included Dr. Jacinto Amandua, Palliative Care Country Director Rose Kiwanuka and Atiku.