Last weekend, Le Memorial Medical Services organized a two-day pediatric camp, intending to create or spread awareness about cancers in children and blood disorders, especially sickle cell disease.
There are more than 450 children from all over Uganda who were seen or examined by specialized doctors in Haematology and Oncology, physicians, and medical officers.
As per the reports, nearly 80 percent of children face and live with sickle cell disease.
Many parents were in shock because they did not know how their children developed sickle cell disease, and they received extensive health education talks from specialists, hematologists, and mothers to sickle cell disease warriors who shared their own experiences with other mothers and gave them courage and hope for the future of this children.
One of the mothers, Mityana women of MP, Joyce Bagala, was one the mothers who shared her own experience of how she managed her child, who was also suffering from sickle cells.
Over 1,500 laboratory tests, including sickle cell disease screening, malaria tests, and complete blood count, were performed on all eligible patients as prescribed by the doctors.
Moreover, more than 20 oral medicines and syrups were distributed, totaling over 10,000 doses. All these were totally free of charge. Nearly 15 patients required short-term resuscitation admissions, intravenous fluids, injectable painkillers, and five needed urgent blood transfusions.
This camp is the foremost of its kind. It adds to the current services such as maternity, antenatal care, intensive care unit, and general medical services at Le Memorial, which is located in Lubowa, 2.5 km off Entebbe Road.