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Thursday, October 19, 2017 

Rotary partners with Centenary Bank to avail free medical care

Mr. Byekwaso Godfrey, Centenary Bank's General Manager Finance hands over a cheque to Dr Edith Byanyima, a Board member of the Rotary Family Health Days & Rotarian Godfrey Jooga Ssebukulu at the launch of this year’s second Rotary Family Health Days.

KAMPALA, UGANDA- Through one of its signature programmes, Rotary Family Health Days, the Rotary fraternity in Uganda has partnered with Ministry of Health, Centenary Bank and KCCA to avail free medical care to local communities.

The Tenth edition of the Rotary Family Health Days, organized by the Rotary Club of Kampala Central is scheduled to be launched on 21st October 2017 at the Old Kampala S.S Playground. A week later, the other Rotary clubs countrywide will set up similar medical camps to avail free health care at various health centers.

This year’s theme for the Rotary Family Health Days (RFHDs) is “Good Health, Happy Families”.

“I am grateful to all our partners for the support we have received over the years. The communities we serve turn up in large numbers at all medical camps. We are optimistic that more partners will join us to scale up the initiative,’’ says Past District Governor Stephen Mwanje.

Communities are encouraged to visit any medical camp nearest to them on these days to get both specialised 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.

Centenary Bank’s General Manager Finance, Byekwaso Godfrey said, “We chose to support activities related to cancer in the Rotary Family Health Days as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility dubbed ‘Bridging the Cancer gap’. We know that Cancer is a silent killer yet whose early detection can protect life. Through various activities, we have made millions of people aware of this scourge and knowledgeable on how to prevent it, and this has seen some women get the desired treatment early.”

Cervical cancer is one of the leading killer diseases in Uganda with about 3,915 new cases registered every year, according to the 2015 Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Related Diseases Report.

“This year we have set aside over UGX 230 Million to ‘Bridging the Cancer gap’ activities of which UGX 40 Million will go towards the purchase of cancer screening kits to be used during Rotary Family Health Days,” added Byekwaso

The RFHD programme is implemented in six countries; Uganda, South Africa, India, Nigeria, Ghana and Tanzania. Since inception in 2011, the programme has reached out to an approximated 2 million people worldwide and over 500,000 in Uganda.

To cater for the demand in health services, two RFHDs are held annually; one in April and the other in October. The most recent event of April 2017 RFHD was able to serve a combined population of more than 75,000 people in Uganda. This time, the initiative targets 100,000 beneficiaries.

By SAMUEL NABWIISO,, Thursday, October 19th, 2017