Over 500 residents of Namuwongo, Kabalagala, Kibuli, Kansanga, Kisugu, and surrounding areas, Friday 1, benefited from the International Hospital Kampala (IHK) Health camp.
This, was under the Neighbourhood wellness program launched Friday morning by the hospital at Namuwongo market.
The program, targets residents of Namuwongo, Kansanga, Bukasa, Kibuli, Kabalagala and Kisugu.
This further intends to extend much needed affordable medical services to individuals and groups living within the neighbourhood of the hospital.
During the launch, IHK provided free wellness checks to residents of the community, including consultation with a doctor, laboratory services and treatment for those who required medication and counselling services.
A number of these, were given free treatment and medicine prescription.
According to Peter Mulindwa, the Manager Marketing and Communications at IHK, under the Neighbourhood wellness program, the hospital shall offer free ambulance transportation services to IHK, in case of emergencies within the neighbourhood, free child nutrition clinic every Sunday, free aerobics classes on Sunday, discounts on outpatient services, and room rates when admitted.
Mulindwa noted that the benefits will apply to all registered residents of Namuwongo, Kansanga, Bukasa, Kibuli, Kabalagala and Kisugu who have a Neighbourhood Scheme card.
Cards are distributed to residents with a National ID or introduction Letter from LC1 as proof of residence.
In his speech at the official launch, the IHK General Manager, Joel Oroni, said the new IHK Neighbourhood wellness campaign is an addition to the support the hospital provides to the community through the IMF/ Touch Namuwongo Project which has existed for more than 10 years providing free services including screening, counselling and treatment for people living with HIV/AIDs and TB among others in Makindye.
The IHK General Manager further explained that “Community health cascades to family and individual health and our goal is to take quality affordable healthcare to the grassroots.”
Musa Mulindwa a boda boda rider at Namuwongo market thanked IHK for reaching out and giving back to the community.
Mulindwa noted that Namuwongo being a slum a rea with a number of vulnerable persons, the health camp was timely.
IHK is a 100-bed hospital, the only COHSASA accredited hospital in Uganda with over 80 Specialists.