ISBAT University, one of the best private universities in the country has Tuesday launched a three-day medical camp and outreach that will see hundreds of Ugandans receive treatment and medication on a number of heart related illnesses an no cost.
The medical outreach that commenced on Tuesday and will end on May 2 is being organized in conjunction with Apollo Hospital India’s best private hospital for the 16th consecutive year.
“As part of our Social Outreach Program, the University is organizing a free medical camp at our campus in Lugogo Bypass, Kampala on 30th April to 2nd May with a view to extend a hand to the needy patients the areas of Oncology, Neurosurgery and Pediatric Cardiology,” said ISBAT Vice Chancellor, Mathew Mathai Kattampackal during the launch.
Kattampackal said that ISBAT University is pleased to host such programs in a continuous manner to enhance the health awareness and preventive measures on certain high risk diseases.
During the camp, patients will be screened, prescribed specific medicines and advised on follow up actions in a very effective manner.
Speaking during the launch of the medical camp, the President Uganda Medical Association (UMA), Dr Anthony Obuku Ekwaro appreciated the move by ISBAT University to provide free medical services in Neurosurgery an area that has had least intervention in the country.
Obuku noted that the camp comes at the right time when many Ugandans are suffering from a number of non-communicable diseases and need urgent intervention.
He said there are a few Neurosurgeons in the country and given the increasing Uganda’s population, ISBAT should think of a better plan to enhance training of more specialists in the country.
He thus appealed to government to take deliberate action to train and recruit doctors and specialists to match the increasing demand.
“There is a big demand for specialists, the doctors are few even those who come from abroad can’t sufficiently serve the patients. We have to do something urgent by increasing supply of the services which include supply of human capital,” Obuku said.
He added, “We need a deliberate program the same way we have a program to recruit Police during elections, we should also recruit doctors to attack this burden of disease, we appeal to government and we hope they will listen to us.”