At least 5,000 residents of the West Nile Arua district have received free health care courtesy of Airtel Uganda.
These essential services were provided during a recent health camp at St Kizito primary school in Ombaci where the telecommunications company gave back to the community. The camp is part of its wider efforts to boost socio-economic development in West Nile.
Free dental care, eye checkups, blood donations, safe male circumcision, cancer screening, teaching the youth how to make recyclable pads, sexual and reproductive health and general medicine were made available to the people.
Emphasis was placed on hepatitis B screening and testing in response to the ministry of Health statistics, which show a high prevalence of the disease in the sub-region.
Patricia Agenrwot, a charcoal seller and resident of Arua, especially thanked Airtel for the blood donation drive.
“I think everyone who has the ability should join this blood donation cause to save our brothers and sisters from dying. Today, I have been checked and taught about women’s health,” she said.
Uganda has been going through a blood crisis in recent weeks, with majority of public health facilities lacking this life-saving resource.
Airtel’s human resource director Flavia Ntambi Lwanga said the health camp was designed to improve lives.
“We at Airtel, not only want to provide the best telecommunications services in the country, but to also be a big part of enhancing and bettering the lives of those in communities in which we operate,” she said. “Today, we are proud to have bettered over 5,000 lives.”
Ntambi thanked the firm’s partners Hinds Feet project, ministry of Health and Uganda Red Cross for joining in this noble cause.
According to the Arua district health office, despite efforts, the health indicators for the population in Arua are very poor with a high prevalence of infectious and communicable diseases.