Up to 80,000 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.
According to Rotary District D9211, the beneficiaries will receive free medical treatment and checkups starting Saturday August 10, 2019, which will be conducted under the theme: Good Health, Happy Families.
The RFHD’s are expected to run until the 30th this month.
The health days will be launched at Ruhama Health Centre III, in Ntungamo District. 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 50,000 patients were attended to while this year is targeted to reach over 80,000 people from a minimum of 80 locations country wide.
Over 90 Rotary clubs are expected to participate, up from 80 last year, according to Rotary.
According to the Uganda Cancer Institute, Uganda records an annual load of more than 60,000 new cancer cases.
While addressing the media, Dr. Driwale Alfred the Commissioner of Health commended Rotary and Centenary Bank for their concerted efforts towards improving the Health of Ugandans through the Rotary Family Health Days.
He added that the model which is adopted by Rotary in providing services is unique since they are riding on the existing systems to reach people through meaningful partnership with the local health facilities, social and administrative structures to mobilize communities.
He said that, “I am very glad to note that, in addition to medical care provided by Rotary Club, Health promotion is one of the key services they will provide during the campaign,” adding that, “It is important that we encourage our own people to take full responsibility for their own health as this is very critical as we move towards universal health coverage.”
Dr. Driwale invited and encouraged other service organizations to join in the efforts to support communities at local government level.
In her remarks, Centenary Bank’s General Manager Corporate Communications and Marketing, Beatrice Lugalambi said: “The last seven years have seen a number of successful activities between Centenary Bank and Rotary D9211. Together with Nsambya hospital, have screened over 7,000 women and enlightened millions through cancer parades, the cancer runs, brochures, the media, building of the cancer ward in Nsambya and supporting health centres in Kampala and in upcountry with testing kits.”
Lugalambi handed over the bank’s sponsorship of up to Shs31.5million towards the health days this year.
The money shall be channeled to Rotary through “Bridging the Cancer Gap,” the bank’s flagship Corporate Social Responsibility programme.
“I take this opportunity to encourage you to attend the Rotary Family Health Days with members of your communities. Encourage relatives, friends all over the country to go to a center near them where the exercise shall be carried out,” she said.
Rotary is expected to provide the list of centres which will be made available on the bank’s website and social media platforms.