Leading Electricity Distributor, Umeme Limited in partnership with Hind’s Feet Project have extended free medical care to over 2000 residents in and around Budadiri community in Sironko district as part of the company’s social responsibility initiatives.
The Hind’s Feet Project (HFP) is a non-profit organization in Uganda that focuses on making health information accessible to all regardless of background, education or literacy level.
The all-day activity held at Budadiri Health Center IV saw various medical services offered which included; Hepatitis B screening, Dental and eye checkups, general medicine, screening for HIV, diabetes, ulcers, blood pressure, syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases, screening and tests for malaria and cervical cancer, safe male circumcision, Nutritional consultations, Consultations on disease prevention and management as well as onsite treatment for common illnesses.
UMEME Managing Director, Selestino Babungi, while commenting on the initiative said, “In addition to improving the wellbeing of the community, our aim at UMEME together with our partners at Hind’s Feet is to empower communities with basic health information and services they need to make appropriate health decisions.”
He added that the giant utility through the same initiative aimed at promoting health seeking behaviors including education on electricity safety.
Babungi also explained that during the previous community engagements in the eastern region on illegal power connection, decry on health services was identified and hence the company’s initiative to offer free healthcare services through their social responsibility programs.
Dr. Victor Afayo, from Hind’s Feet noted that extending health services to rural communities is important as access to healthcare remains a key issue.
“The mountainous geography of the area makes access to healthcare by many residents a problem. We therefore hope that through this initiative, the community will get the much needed services,” Dr. Afayo explained.