Rotary club of Acacia Sunset Uganda, in partnership with KCCA has today launched a family health camp as part of efforts to promoting good health in communities. The health camp which took place in the over populated community of Mulimira Zone; Bukoto in Nakawa division is part of Rotary community drive to serve the underprivileged sections of Kampala.
Together KCCA Bukoto Health Center, the Rotary Health Camp is a long day activity that involved:
- Cervical Cancer Immunization ( Young Girls from 10 years (P.4 Pupils) onwards)
- Testing and Counseling of HIV
- Treatment of major community diseases:
Speaking at the event, the president of Rotary Club of Acacia Sunset Ms Elizabeth Nekesa said “Our cardinal objective for this health camp is to help in improving and expanding access to low-cost and free healthcare as well as support cervical cancer immunizations to your girls in the underdeveloped urban poor”
“We also chose to support activities related to cancer because we know it is a silent killer yet immunization of young girls can protect life. Through various activities, including community health promotion we have made millions of people aware of the causes of communicable diseases and made them knowledgeable on how to prevent them”. She added.
The health camp will offer both specialized and general services in the areas nutrition, family planning and maternal health, HIV/AIDs counseling and testing, dental services (mainly examination and extraction), optical services, malaria testing and treatment, health education and hygiene.
According to the Study by KCCA on Kampala’s slums, Urban poor areas of Kampala see severe outbreaks of cholera, malaria, typhoid, bilharzias and other fatal water-borne diseases on an all too regular basis In Uganda, about 440 children die from diarrhea every week. Evidence suggests that improving sanitation could reduce diarrhea diseases by 35-40% and child mortality by half.
Hand washing with soap can alone reduce Acute Respiratory Infections like pneumonia by 30%.3Moreover, “access to an improved water source reduces the risk of infant mortality by 23%.”Thus, serious health concerns are directly related to poor sanitation and unsafe drinking water. Poor sanitation and drinking water conditions are exacerbated in Kampala’s slums because of dense populations, informal settlements and household poverty levels (families struggle to meet their other basic needs such as food, shelter, and clothing), and low-lying terrain, which leads to high water table levels and flooding.