Over 200 residents of Kyanja in Wakiso district have received free cervical and breast cancer screening and HIV/AIDS testing. The residents who thronged Kyanja Community Health Centre at 9.00am local time on Saturday were given medical examination by a team of health workers from Mulago Cancer Institute, Uganda Marketing Health Group and a group of post graduate students of Uganda Management Institute.
A midwife of Mulago, Gertrude Ssentongo carried out cervical cancer and breast cancer screening for women while other health workers handled HIV/AIDS counseling and testing. The men were sensitized on safe male circumcision. Ssentongo said the exercise was aimed at helping the community to know their status so that they can seek medical help earlier.
Sarah Nambuya, a resident of Kyanja said she was happy to undergo HIV/AIDS testing and know her status and she set out to encourage her husband to go for the same test. The coordinator of students doing the project planning and management course, Charlotte Muyambi explained that the student's involvement is part of a practical exercise in mobilizing community, funds and human resource which is required to undertake any project.
The area residents were mobilized by Uganda Management Institute (UMI) students doing a course in project planning and management. "This exercise is to demonstrate our [students] capability in project planning and management and also to alleviate the plight of the community," Muyambi said. Albert Okolong, also a student, noted that their group is to submit a report on the cancer screening and HIV/AIDS testing exercise to the institute.