Sports Council Rushes to Rescue Ailing She Cranes Star

Elizabeth Atonet

Pregnant mothers in the Rwenzori district of Bundibugyo who have been dying in villages due to poor and lack of medical equipment in health centers have a reason to smile following the launch of Rwenzori Maternal Newborn Access project worth shs3 billion.

The government of South Korea in partnership with Save the Children Uganda unveiled the project “Baby Cap” basically for child health in Bundibugyo district following a research that the district was performing badly in health sector.

The launch of the 3 –year- project was held on Wednesday at Booma ground in Bundibugyo under a Theme: “Together We Can Make It Happen”.

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“Bundibugyo Ntoroko and Kasese are the districts that were affected by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) war. The proportion of people living below poverty line in the district standards at 60%, doctor prescription far higher than the national average of 25%, ” said Ms. Rita Ntegyereize the project manager

“Education levels in Bundibugyo are low with net enrolment rates for secondary education standing at 11% compared to the national average of 21.3% .These different social, Economic factors have a devastating impact on the health status of the communities in the district thus poor maternal and child health.”

Ntegyereize also mentioned existing challenges at district level as poor management of medical supplies, inadequate staffing at Health facilities, poor data collection and management, poor decision making and corruption due to poor monitoring and supervision by district officials.
Barely a week after the Uganda sports fraternity learnt of the unfortunate demise of Harriet Apako one of the biggest superstars that brought an end to the country’s thirst to a World Cup- in the netball global showpiece in Austria, viagra sale did they learn of another sad news of another netball heroine Elizabeth Atonet’s disheartening story.

Atonnet suffered a knee injury en route to the Netball world cup but what looked minor has turned into a life threatening disability as the star ‘needed’ quite a lumpsum to undergo an arthroscopic knee surgery.

Earlier on, illness Elizabeth and the She Cranes publicly requested for help but the National Council of Sports has come to settle the matter.

“We have come out to handle the matter and we shall cover all the hospital bills so that Atonet can undergo the operation as scheduled,” a statement from NCS in ChimpSports possession partly reads.

The governing body is also deducing measures to avoid such shaming situations in the near future.

“Going forward, the National Council of Sports will soon issue out appropriate guidelines to partners and stakeholders; including all national sports Association- to remind them to budget/secure health insurance covers for the athletes summoned for national duty. This experience should act as a learning lesson to all.”


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