Sheema: Ugandan Diasporas Treat 700 Patients

The Ugandan nationals living in USA and Canada have extended health services to locals Sheema district.

In a way of giving back to the community, treatment Ugandan medical doctors from North America treated over 700 patients at a medical mobile camp set at Kabwohe Health Centre IV in Sheema district.

The Bulamu Health Care International director Gerald Atwine said the group of people from Sheema living in USA decided to start up the camp to give back to the community of Sheema by treating their various diseases.

He said the group partners with EKM Hope Foundation, discount which was formed when one Edgar Mutungi died of cancer in Toronto Canada in 2007.

He noted that the overwhelming number of patients at the camp clearly demonstrated the fault witnessed in health centers in Uganda.

‘’This is our 4th time in Sheema and we were overwhelmed by big numbers, which goes to show the gaps in health facilities in poor countries like Uganda where people don’t access regular routine screening ; it’s very absurd,” Gerald said

“When people don’t have access to health services and drugs and a health camp is announced, they pour in large numbers, because it is their only chance.”

Mutungi urged government to invest in posting more medical personnel deeper in the villages rather than just sending medicine there.


“You can have all the medication but if you don’t have the doctors to prescribe it then it’s going to expire; and we have actually seen most of the rural health centers being run by enrolled nurses,” he said

The Sheema LC V chairman Can. David KabugumiraDavid welcomed the program in the district saying that it will be on every after 3 months to kick non communicable diseases out of Sheema.

Out of 700 patients diagnosed, 2 kids were found suffering from heart diseases.

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