Umeme Limited this weekend reached out to thousands of residents in and around Busiu Community in Mbale through a health and safety community fair that was stationed at Busiu Health Centre.
Umeme invited residents of Busiu and surrounding areas to attend the fair which went on from 8:00am to 6:00pm.
The all-day fair conducted in partnership with Hind’s Feet Project, about it Cancer Institute, diagnosis Red Cross and Aids Information Centre also aimed at sensitizing the public on safety in a region hit by illegal electricity activities, buy information pills which have led to the loss of several lives.
The medical services offered included; Hepatitis B screening and shots, Dental, eye checkups and general medicine, Screening for HIV, diabetes, ulcers, blood pressure, syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases such as Hepatitis B, Screening and tests for malaria and cervical cancer, Safe male circumcision, Nutritional consultations, Consultations on disease prevention and management, Onsite treatment for common illnesses.
The giant utility also distributed reflector jackets to BodaBoda riders in Mbale as part of the safety initiative.
“We are always proud to be associated with the communities we serve. It is gratifying to see over 1000 people come in to get access to free medical checkup, treatment, counseling and referrals. Working closely with Hind’s feet, Umeme will continue to get closer and reach out to disadvantaged communities in Uganda” Umeme Head of communications, Mr. Sandor Lyle Walusimbi said at the event.
“By reaching out to the community on matters of their health & safety, we hope they will appreciate the safe usage of power by legalizing their connections and save lives,” he added.
Speaking on behalf of Hind’s Feet Project, Dr. Victor Afayo said they had received health complaints from the health centre on community members dying from illegal power connection.
He mentioned that extending health services to the communities is important as access to healthcare remains a key issue in the community.
“The community suffers effects of illegal power connection and they are not even able to offer first aid to the victims. We are here to enhance first aid skills and we are delighted that Umeme has had a role in improving standards of living within the Busiu community,” Dr. Victor Afayo said.