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Umeme offers free medical care to Gulu residents


A doctor checks a Gulu resident Saturday.

Gulu, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Thousands of Gulu residents on Saturday attended an Umeme all-day free health camp, at which several were treated and others benefited from check-ups and advise on how to overcome ailments they had.

Umeme Limited on reached out to thousands of residents residing in and around Unyama sub-county in Gulu community through the health camp conducted in partnership with Hind’s Feet Project, Cancer Institute, Red Cross and Aids Information Centre.

It was held at the Pakwelo Primary School from 8:00amto 6:oopm and the medical services offered included Hepatitis B screening and shots, Dental, eye checkups and general medicine, Screening for HIV & diabetes.

“We are always proud to be associated with the communities we serve. It is gratifying to see over 1000 people come in to get access to free medical checkup treatment, counseling and referrals,â€� said Sandor Walusimbi, Umeme’s Head of Communication.

Other services include screening and tests for malaria and cervical cancer, Safe male circumcision, Nutritional consultations, Consultations on disease prevention and management and Onsite treatment for common illnesses.

Umeme’s involvement in reaching out to the disadvantaged communities with free medical care started last year when two health camps were successfully held in the Elgon sub regions of Busiu and Budadiri.

Working closely with Hinds feet, Umeme will continue to get closer and reach out to disadvantaged communities in Uganda� Mr. Walusimbi added.

Sandra Muhanuka, the Hind’s Feet Project lead, said extending health services to the communities is important as access to healthcare remains a key issue in various communities across the country.

“We are delighted that Umeme has continued to partner with us in reaching out to the communities all over Uganda by offering free medical services�, Muhanuka said.

“By reaching out the community on matters of their health and safety, we hope they will appreciate the safe usage of power by legalizing their connections and save lives,� she added



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