Over the past two weeks, the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) conducted medical camps across the Busoga sub-region, providing surgical operations to approximately 400 individuals.
UPDF Chief Political Commissar, Maj. Gen Henry Mastiko, disclosed that a total of 362 general surgeries were performed during the camps, including 11 hysterectomy procedures and 49 c-sections. These services were well-received by the local population.
The medical camps commenced on January 26, 2024, in various hospitals across the districts of Busoga, with UPDF specialists collaborating with local medical personnel. In total, 449 patients received treatment in the region.
These medical initiatives were part of the broader activities held to commemorate the 43rd Tarehe Sita anniversary, with national celebrations taking place at Busesa in Bugweri. Under the theme “Celebrating the People’s Struggle for Unity, Security, and Peace for Socio-Economic Transformation,” President Yoweri Museveni graced the occasion as the chief guest.
In addition to medical services, the UPDF undertook engineering infrastructure projects over a period of 30 days. These projects encompassed the construction of schools, toilets, wall fences, and other community facilities.
Among the notable projects were the establishment of classroom blocks, maternity wards, and toilet facilities in various districts such as Namayingo, Bugiri, Mayuge, Kamuli, Iganga, and Jinja City. The UPDF also contributed to community safety by distributing life jackets to leaders in fishing communities in Busoga.