In an effort to bring services closer to the community, Lubaga hospital in partnership with St Peter's sub-parish in Najjanankumbi last week opened a new health centre at the sub-parish headquarters.
A medical team from the hospital will be sent every second Thursday of the month, to take preventive and promotional health care to the community. On the opening day, April 10, more than 300 patients turned up to receive medication, health education, HIV testing and counselling, general consultation and immunization.
Among these was 77-year-old Desidanta Nalubega, who had painstakingly walked from her home in Masajja. Reclined in a plastic green chair and in obvious pain, she occasionally turned to see if she was next in line. Nalubega is suffering from consistent headache, neck ache and swollen feet.
"For a month now, I have a swelling on my neck and this makes it difficult for me to turn it," the old lady said. "I have been taking panadol because it is what was prescribed but the pain does not seem to go. I have come to this new facility to receive better medication."
Another resident of Masajja, Betty Nakitte, came to receive treatment for her one-and-half-year-old son whose ears were oozing pus. Despite ear droplets and herbs she had used for the past month, his ears did not heal. Nakitte is grateful that the health facility has come nearer to home and will now seek professional help.
"I am glad that the hospital's community outreach service has stretched beyond Lubaga. With time, we hope to cover Kampala wholly. I encourage the community to utilize this service to better their health," said Joan Twizere, the hospital's publicist.
Lubaga hospital conducts medical outreaches in Busega, Lungujja, Ndeeba, Kabowa, Nateete and Nyanama parishes. Initially, the services were free but due to the overwhelming patient numbers, a small fee of Shs 2,500 for adults and Shs 1,500 for children was introduced.
This covers medical consultation and drugs.