RUKUNGIRI – The Minister of State for Housing, Hon Chris Baryomunsi has reiterated the government’s commitment to strengthening Health Center III and IV services by supporting them to meet the demands of the increasing population.
Dr. Baryomunsi made the revelation on Friday, December 27th, 2019 while officiating at the Annual Buyanja My Roots Medical Camp at Buyanja Health Center III in Buyanja Town Council in Rukungiri District.
Buyanja Medical Camp is an annual event and is slated to climax today Dec 28th and is organized by Buyanja MyRoots an umbrella of Corporates born and raised in Greater Buyanja Sub County but works in Kampala, Jinja and Entebbe and Diaspora in conjunction with Lion Clubs International.
According to the Chairman Buyanja MyRoots, Allan Asinguza Mutemba The Medical Camp was aimed at providing free counseling services, medical checkups, treatment and referrals to patients suffering from Non-Communicable Diseases like Cancer, Hypertension, Diabetes and also handled dental and Eye patients, Malaria, HIV/ Aids and Family Planning.
Asinguza said they were overwhelmed by the big turn up of patients who came to seek services and as organizers they will plan again to see how the service can become regular.
Speaking at the function Dr. Baryomunsi, a Medical Doctor himself said that the big turn up for the free Medical Camp organized by Buyanja MyRoots in conjunction with Lion Clubs was itself a manifestation that there is need to strengthen the Health Center III so that it can get the required equipment and support staff to handle the ever-increasing number of the patients.
Dr. Baryomunsi who toured the Health Center facility was concerned that it lacked some of the basic equipment like hospital beds and donated 3 of them and sought from Minister of Health Jane Ruth Aceng who promised that 10 more beds would be sent to Buyanja Health Center III and also promised that it would be elevated to Health Center IV. This was all after Buyanja MyRoots Group donated 5 beds.
The Medical Camp was preceded by a Health Run that attracted over 200 participants with an aim of raising funds to raise equipment to support the Health Center as part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) by giving back to the community that raised them.
Asinguza said that by midday, over 1000 people had registered to seek medical attention at the ongoing Medical Camp, the highest number they have ever received ever since the health camps were launched.
Asinguza Mutemba hailed the Buyanja Health Center III In-charge Emilie Natukunda and her staff for the support rendered to Buyanja MyRoots to hold a successful Medical Camp and the Political leaders of Buyanja Town Council and Buyanja Sub County for the political will to support the initiative.
He also hailed Minister Chris Baryomunsi for turning up to grace the event and other supporters who were on hand to give the event the support it needed.
Lions Club of Rukungiri led by the Club President Dr. Asaph Byamugisha participated in the day’s activities and planted trees around Buyanja Health Center III saying that it’s one way to give back to the people of Buyanja after they found the facility without trees.
Dr. Byamugisha said that on top of giving shelter to patients who visit the Health Center, the trees will provide fruits for nutrition and also act as environmental moderates.
Dr. Baryomunsi participated in the tree planting exercise and hailed Lion Clubs for joining Buyanja MyRoots members for the developmental cause to give back to the people.
A member of Buyanja MyRoots, Dr. Adrian Bainebyabo, said that he was happy their initiative was being appreciated and by the intended target which is the community that brought them up.