Dr. Patrick Bitature the chairman of Mulago Hospital finance committee said that this wellness clinic organized by Mulago National Referral Hospital to provide free medical services to Ugandan citizens is a great opportunity in promoting their
health and wealth.
“In this wellness clinic, Mulago is to provide various services that will enable young people to diagnose and treat diseases early and this is an important tool to the Health Ministry, Mulago, and Ugandans at large”. He highlighted.
According to Bitature, Uganda will remain a struggling country if the health issues affecting it aren’t addressed appropriately and that’s why Mulago hopes to have several wellness clinics every quarter of the year.
Bitature made these remarks on the official opening of the Mulago Hospital wellness clinic that was organized by the hospital management to give back to the community.
This year, the management and staff of Mulago National Referral Hospital joined the Labour Day celebrations by conducting a free 2-day wellness clinic for both adults and pediatrics at their premises in the capital Kampala.
Bitature also noted that currently, 75% of the diseases that kill Ugandans are preventable which is painful. He urged the public to focus on prevention and healthy lifestyles because a stitch in time saves nine.
Dr. Henry Mwebesa the Director General Health Service applauded Mulago Hospital for organizing this wellness clinic because it helps in picking some diseases early hence early treatment.
“My appeal to the hospital is to organize such clinics at least quarterly so that people including their staff should come and check themselves” he emphasized.
He however advised that they should also organize these clinics in the private out-patients as this will help people from the cooperate world to also benefit from such activities.
On the issue of the low turn-up of men, Mwebesa appealed to the media to sound the message louder and also devise creative means of pulling men to come and test early so that they can pick their conditions early.
In her speech, Dr. Byanyima Rose Mary the Executive Director of Mulago National Referral Hospital said that this wellness clinic was run under the theme “Promoting preventive medicine” with the aim of encouraging people to have regular medical checkups.
The ED also called upon men to be vigilant about their health and come for checkups and to work as much as possible to improve their health-seeking habits.
Kakande Christopher a resident at Kubiri a Kampala suburb said that this was such an opportunity but he decried the lack of drugs after diagnosis.
“I came in early and went through all procedures without disturbances, but after seeing the doctor, I was directed to the eye clinic on level 4, the pharmacy was closed and no one attended to me, I was somehow disappointed”. He noted,
This 2-day health camp that started on May 1st at block G level 3 will run until tomorrow 2 nd and over 2,000 patients are expected.