At least 10,000 people from across 16 sub counties of Bukedea have received free medical treatment and medical supplies during a 3-day Health camp organised by Speaker Anita Among in conjunction with Medical schools from across the country.
The free medical camp that commenced on Thursday September 15th saw hundreds of residents flocking Kidongole, Kolir, Kachumbala, Malera and Bukedea TC sub counties.
By Saturday afternoon, more than 7000 people had been screened and treated for various ailments, with much emphasis on non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, cancer, as well as offering free antenatal services among others.
Addressing journalists at Bukedea Health centre iv, the District Health officer, Dr Ikodet Stephen said the Health Camp will help reduce patient influx at different health centres in the region and will also grant chance to many who cannot afford basic treatment.
Dr Ikodet revealed that the major conditions include malaria, HIV and the Non Communicable Diseases.
“Emphasis has been put on the Non- Communicable Diseases because they are silent killers among our people yet this would be avoided if tests are conducted early,”He added.
Mary Akol, one of the patients said: ‘’ I heard about the free medical camp on radio and decided to brave the morning showers so that I can benefit from this free treatment that our daughter Anita [ Speaker Anita Among] has extended to us, and I have received the treatment.’’
Another patient, Okaali David Livingstone intimated to us that see a doctor is very hard because of the many patients tat flock the different health centres. ‘’It can take you several days before finally seeing a doctor because they are few in number and handle so many patients.This camp has bridged that gasp we call upon the Speaker to extend this service more often.”
In her message, Speaker Among commended the medical team for their resilience and pledged support governments efforts to improve their welfare.