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400 Kikuube Residents Benefit from Free Medical Camp :: Uganda Radionetwork
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400 Kikuube Residents Benefit from Free Medical Camp

The medical camp enabled residents to be screened of various health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, HIV/AIDS, antenatal services, malaria, hypertension, eye problems, blood pressure issues, ulcers, and dental checks, among others. Maternal and child health services were also a key focus during the medical camp.
Achild being examined during the free medical camp at Buhuka health center III organised by CNOOC.
More than 400 residents of Buhuka Parish in Kyangwali Sub County, Kikuube District, have received crucial healthcare services through a free medical camp organized by China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) Uganda Limited in collaboration with the Chinese medical team in Uganda.   

The two-day medical camp that commenced on Tuesday and ended on Wednesday took place at Buhuka Health Center III that is situated at Nsonga Landing Site Village.      

The free medical camp attracted a diverse range of beneficiaries, including community leaders, the elderly, children, youth, and women.   

The medical camp enabled residents to be screened of various health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, HIV/AIDS, antenatal services, malaria, hypertension, eye problems, blood pressure issues, ulcers, and dental checks, among others. Maternal and child health services were also a key focus during the medical camp. 

During the medical camp, CNOOC also donated medicine and pediatric supplies to the Buhuka health center III as a way of ensuring effective health service delivery to the community around.  

Liu Xiangdong, the President of CNOOC Uganda Limited, stated that quality healthcare is a fundamental right and underscored the company's commitment to enhancing the health sector in the communities where they operate.

According to Xiangdong, CNOOC aims to improve access to healthcare and contribute to a healthier future for the people within their operational areas and Uganda as a whole.

“We are honored to host this medical camp which is a reflection of our commitment to the well-being of the Ugandan people and the strengthening of China-Uganda relations.Through initiatives like this, we aim to contribute to the social-economic development of Uganda and enhancing the friendship between our two nations as we work towards energy for a better future, “he said.   

The Kikuube LC5 Vice Chairperson, Vincent Alpha Opio stated that many communities in the Albertine Graben are struggling to attain appropriate and comprehensive healthcare services tasking the Oil companies to organize more health camps to help people know their status and get treated of the various ailments. 

Joyce Biwaga, a resident of Buhuka who was diagnosed with blood pressure applauded CNOOC for the intervention saying she has now realized her health status. She says CNOOC has done a great job particularly in the extension of healthcare services to the local population.   

Rogers Othembi, who has eye complications says, the free medical camp was timely as most people are suffering from various ailments but could not afford to attain appropriate treatment due to lack of money. 

Gloria Musimenta, a resident of Nsonga landing site demands that the free medical services in the community should be conducted on a monthly basis since most people are poor and cannot afford to treat themselves.  

The free medical camp, organized under the theme "Empower health, embrace life," is an example of CNOOC Uganda Limited's efforts to support community well-being. 

This is the second medical camp being organised in the area by CNOOC.

The first medical camp was organised in August last year where more than 500 people accessed free medical healthcare services in Buhuka.

The company operates the Kingfisher Oil Field on the shore of Lake Albert in Kikuube District. 

Their activities include a planned Central Processing Facility (CPF) with a capacity of 40,000 barrels of oil per day, the drilling of 31 oil wells on four well pads, the construction of flow lines, and a feeder pipeline.   

The engagement also features a proposed oil refinery at Kabaale Parish in Hoima District. 

Among the wells, some will produce oil while others will inject water into the reservoir to enhance production.