Up to 100,000 Ugandans suffering from different health diseases are set to receive free medical care following the launch of the 2019 Rotary Family Health Days (RFHDs) by Rotary Uganda and Centenary Bank on Wednesday.
According to Rotary Uganda, the beneficiaries will receive free medical treatment and check ups starting April 06 to 30th March in Kochko in Gulu District. The first day of RFHDs will be conducted under the theme; ‘Good Health, Happy Families.’
Upon launch, designated medical sites/camps will offer both specialized and general services in the areas of Cancer screening (cervical, breast, and prostate); Child immunization and nutrition; Family planning and maternal health; HIV/AIDs counseling and testing; Dental services (mainly examination and extraction); Optical services; Malaria testing and treatment; Safe male circumcision; Health education and Blood donation. These services will be conducted by a team of medical professionals from the Health fraternity around the country.
In 2018, over 70,000 patients were attended to while this year is targeted to reach over 100,000 people from a minimum of 90 locations country wide. Over 100 Rotary clubs are expected to participate, up from 90 last year, according to Rotary.
Speaking at the media launch, Dr Charles Olara, the Director Health Services who represented Hon. Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, the Minister for Health, noted that Rotary has been tasked to ensure the delivery of high quality medical services to the beneficiaries.
“Quality is in ensuring that Family Health Days are run as per standards set by Ministry of Health, that the professional and qualified medical practitioners are registered under Uganda Medical & Dental Practitioner’s Council, while drugs, medical supplies and equipment are as per National Drug Authority standards” he said
Past District Governor Stephen Mwanje, Chair of Board of Directors of RFHD called upon all Ugandans to embrace the services. “I encourage Ugandans to attend these services in the communities as well as regularly go for medical checkups,” PDG Mwanje said.
In her remarks Centenary Bank’s General Manager Business Development and Marketing, Mrs. Beatrice Lugalambi said: “The last eight years have seen a number of successful activities between Centenary Bank and Rotary Uganda. Together with Nsambya hospital, have screened over 10,000 women and enlightened millions through cancer parades, the cancer runs, brochures, the media, building the cancer ward in Nsambya and supporting health centres here and upcountry with testing kits.”
She handed over the bank’s sponsorship of up to shs30 million towards the health days and announced a commitment of shs230 million towards cancer related initiatives in Uganda this year. The money shall be channeled to Rotary through ‘Bridging the Cancer Gap, the bank’s flagship Corporate Social Responsibility Programme.
Rotary is expected to provide the list of centers which will be made available on the bank’s website and social media platforms
The Rotary Family Health Days Rotary Family Health program promotes healthy living and disease prevention by implementing a massive, annual campaign in four countries in Africa that provides comprehensive, free health care services tens of thousands of people in underprivileged communities. The program is implemented in Uganda, South Africa, Malawi, Nigeria, Ghana and very recently Tanzania.