At least 3000 people were able to receive free treatment from a two day medical camp organized by Hima Cement Limited in partnership with Case Med care and medical personnel from and within Tororo district.
Mr Nicolas George, the Country Chief executive of Hima Cement said the two day medical camp is part of their corporate social responsibility and their way of giving back to the community.
He also said they have some special initiative for the needy people in the community in areas of health, education and environment. He said the two day camp is one such way they are helping the needy by offering free medical services to them.
Among the services offered at the medical camp were HIV/AIDS Voluntary Counselling and Testing, Malaria testing, cervical cancer screening, TB testing and diagnosis of other common diseases. He also announced that they are committed in ensuring that their relationship with the surrounding communities is cemented.
Medical personnel from Case Med care assisted by other medical officers from Tororo and Mbale attended to the sick who trickled in large numbers. The camp attracted over 1,500 people on the first day from the neighbouring communities of communities of Rubongi and Mukujju, the immediate sub counties. However, many more people from the neighbouring counties trickled in on the second day of the camp.
There was a blood donation drive also carried out by the Mbale regional blood bank and over 30 people took part.
Caroline Kezaabu, the Communications Coordinator at Hima Cement said that the purpose of the medical camp was to help the needy people in the community and also provide medical care and medicines to those who would not be able to afford treatment.
“This program is part our CSR focus areas of health and safety, education and the environment. The two day camp was targeting over 4000 people and they were providing services like treatment and testing of common ailments like malaria and typhoid, HIV testing and counselling among others,” Ms Kezaabu said the cement manufacturer injected about Shs 50 m in the two day medical camp.