80 Get Free Surgeries in Mbarara

Over 80 patients in south western Uganda have benefited from free medical services offered by a group of doctors under the The Uganda Orthopedic Association.

By the close of the association’s surgical camp which started on 23rd October, health a total of 83 patients with orthopedic challenges were operated.

Orthopedic surgeons specialize in conditions involving the musculoskeletal system, cheap and use both surgical and nonsurgical means to treat musculoskeletal trauma, spine diseases,  degenerative diseases, infections, tumors, among others. .

The Surgical camp in Mbarara was running under the theme: Creating awareness and extending services to the community.

The team of 30 medical personnel in conjunction with Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital and Mbarara University conducted the surgeries.

The patients with congenital anomalies, bone deformities and spine conditions were from, Kisoro, Kabale, Kasese, Masindi, Kyenjojo, Mbarara, Rwanda and Burundi.

The association’s President, Dr. Alexander Bangirana, explained that most of the cases were as a result of road traffic accidents, where fractures and dislocations happened.

Part of the purpose of the camp he said was to popularize the practice and art of orthopedic medicine in Uganda as the association celebrates its 10th anniversary.


Dr. Bangirana observed that orthopedic surgeons are concentrated in Kampala and hard to access by rural patients.

“Orthopedics’ equipment is also expensive, which hinders its teaching in schools. This needs to be addressed though increased government funding,” he said, adding that while government’s focus is mostly on HIV, children and pregnant mothers, road accidents are also a serious concern in the country.

Mbarara Hospital Director Dr. Celestine Barigye
Mbarara Hospital Director Dr. Celestine Barigye

Dr. Bangirana further encouraged people to seek medical services in hospitals instead of running to traditional healers.

In his speech delivered by the Mbarara Referral Hospital Director, Dr. Celestine Barigye, President Yoweri Museveni praised the doctors under the association for their relentless work amidst high odds.

The president handed Shs 10 million cash to the association to support their activities.

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