KITGUM – The army has disclosed that cases of haemorrhoid preventing many youth from being recruited into the national force in the ongoing countrywide recruitment exercise.
Haemorrhoids are swollen veins in the lowest part of the rectum and anus. They are caused when the wall of these vessel are stretched, they become irritated.
According to the 4th Division army spokesman, Maj Caesar Olweny, unlike HIV/Aids and hepatitis B which are known to prevent several youths from being recruited, cases of haemorrhoid which are ignored are proving far dangerous.
Speaking at the closure of a recruitment exercise for Kitgum and Lamwo districts last week, Maj Olweny said some of the recruits tested positive for the ailment and were disqualified.
Although he didn’t give specific numbers of those who tested positive for hemorrhoids, he said the condition deterred many from being recruited into the army.
He advised the youth to be on a look out for haemorrhoids just like they conduct regular health checks for HIV/Aids and hepatitis B.
“The recruitment exercise in the two districts was successful, there were no anomalies, we laud the local leaders for the good mobilization,’’ he said
More than 500 youth turned up for the recruitment exercise in the two districts of Kitgum and Lamwo but only 30 were recruited.
The countrywide recruitment exercise which started on the 27th December 2019, ended on 5th January 2020.
UPDF is to recruit a total of 4,000, countrywide both professional and regular soldiers.
Among the professionals includes Doctors, Nurses, Engineers, Lawyers, Teachers between the age of 18- 30.
Regular soldiers should have obtained a UCE certificate of 2016, 2017 and 2018.