WINSENGA UPDATE/BULLETIN 36.0 – Rotarians in maternal health walk to save a life

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KAMPALA, Uganda – Ugandan Rotarians last week walked to save lives of mothers during child delivery. The charity walk that took place at the Ssese Islands was flagged off by the State Minister for Health, Sarah Opendi.

About 70 percent of mothers living in remote communities like Ssese Islands do not receive maternal health.

Most mothers give birth at home and risk losing their lives and babies. Some develop complications such as obstructed pregnancies which require a caesarian section operation, while some bleed to death.

It is for these reasons that Rotary Uganda organized a Charity walk dubbed “Walk for Maternal Health to Save a Life.” The objective of the charity walk was to raise funds towards availing medical services to mothers. Rotary is an international organization composed of professionals, business persons and community leaders united to serve the disadvantaged.

During the charity walk, medical services were offered to about 300 residents of Bugala one in Ssese Islands. Services ranged from antenatal care, cervical and breast cancer screening, family planning services including the distribution of contraceptives, HIV/AIDS counseling and testing, sexual reproductive health education, distribution of mosquito nets to expectant mothers and children and the distribution of delivery kits.

Dr. Jacinto Amandua, Commissioner, Clinical Services in the Ministry of Health said the health facilities in Bugala are improving and appropriate medical services are being given to mothers. He said the health center in Bugala is fully equipped to perform caesarian section operations. However he noted that the Island needs mobile health services to enable doctors reach patients in their communities.

The Minister, Opendi said, “The Government is going to avail motorized ambulances to major health centers to ensure all Ugandans access basic medical services. I would like to thank Rotary for funding our immunization program.”

She expressed her gratitude and said: “The vaccines are now available in all health centers and immunization of children against polio, measles and other diseases is going on throughout the country.” She appealed to medical personnel to offer quality and timely services to Ugandans.

Rotary club believes health is a human right, and is wholeheartedly engaged in funding and providing health services to save the lives of mothers and their babies in Uganda. Rotary club works with service providers across the country.

Annually Rotary club holds fundraising drives and receives contributions from businesses and the public towards securing maternal health for disadvantaged mothers and children. Proceeds from such fundraising events are used to build and/or equip several health facilities in Uganda. For instance, a health facility was built in Abur Village in Tororo district to serve over 3,000 people in that community.

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