BY AMBROSE GAHENE
Lions Clubs of Uganda under District 411B, in collaboration with Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) are set to construct a specialized eye treatment hospital at Nsambya, in Kampala. The project dubbed; Comprehensive Eye Care will be based at Nsambya hospital where a construction site has already been set aside.
Comprehensive Eye Care Project Chairman, Dr Geoffrey Erem, said the four year project will complement Government in health service delivery when the eye hospital will be complete. He was addressing Journalists at the Lions Club diabetes and eye screening health camp at St. Luke Church in Ntinda, a Kampala suburb on Thursday.
“In addition, the Comprehensive Eye Care Project has injected another $1.8 million for Northern Uganda and the Lions Quest Life Skills Projects for the youth in various secondary schools to the tune of $280,000”, he said.
Sedrace Rwekikiga, Lions Clubs of Uganda District 411B Governor, said individual Lions Clubs have also been engaged in various initiatives to support their local communities.
“Lions Clubs provide voluntary social services to communities in the areas of health, environmental protection, youth empowerment, hunger relief, support to disadvantaged children, emergency response and poverty alleviation”, she said.
Eng Dans Nshekanabo Naturinda, the outgoing Lions Club Governor, pointed out that there are currently 47 Lions Clubs with over 1600 members spread across Uganda. He said the Lions of Uganda are now celebrating their achievements with provision of free medical services, including diabetes awareness and risk assessment, blood sugar screening, eye screening , eyeglasses and aerobics activities, as a preventive action against diabetes and other non-communicable diseases.
Over 300 people were screened for diabetes and eyes at the Ntinda Lions Club health camp. The activity was carried out in partnership with Lifeline Hospital and Kamwokya Christian Caring Health Centre