Ugandans, in their thousands, have thronged Kololo Airstrip to access free medical checks up services being provided by both Government and Private Health services providers.
The free health services are part of the corporate social responsibility activities being conducted by both government and private health Institutions as part of the Taxpayer Appreciation Week organised by Uganda Revenue Authority (URA).
Many Uganda turned up at the Kololo ground to undergo various medical checks ranging from communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases. According to an Officer from the Uganda Cancer Institute who spoke to East African Business Week on conditions of Anonymity said many Women turned up for cancer screening Especially cancer of the breasts, cervix.
“At the Uganda Cancer Mobile Clinic, we received many clients who underwent cancer screening. Those found to be with the virus will be referred to the Institute at Mulago for further medication but it is a starting point for the Institute” She said.
Apart from cancer screening the Uganda Heart Institute also registered great numbers of clients who underwent various cardiovascular tests.
Some of the clients who spoke to East African Business Week, said the event helped them to access services that would otherwise be expensive.
“We thank URA for organizing the event; it has helped some of us who cannot afford to go Mulago for such tests. We want the same services to be extended upcountry where the majority of Ugandans cannot afford to come to Kampala,” said Andrew Musoke, a resident of Namasuba.
Other free services that Uganda accessed during the ongoing tax appreciation week which started on September 26th and ends 28th, also include free sim card registration being offered by various telecom companies, National Identity card registration and Land Title verification.
Speaking to East African Business Week, Vincent Seruma, the Head Public and Corporate Affairs at the URA, said the corporate social responsibility event is aimed at paying back to the public.
“As tax agency, we worked with all government institutions that are offering social services to bring them on board’s during the taxpayer appreciation week where they can also pay back to the public through offering free services as a sign of appreciation to the taxpayers,” he said.