But Ndaatwa says that he is grateful to Rotary Club International, which responded to their pleas by establishing an amputation facility at Kagando hospital, which will serve a bigger population. According to Ndaatwa, there are many amputated persons in Kasese district, but only 148 are registered with his organization.
Landmine victims in
Kasese district are breathing a sigh of relief following the establishment of an
amputation workshop at Kagando Hospital.
The 240 million Shillings facility was
financed by Rotary Club International.
The workshop, which was
over to the hospital last week, is expected to produce artificial limbs and
wheel chairs for sell to the landmine victims at an affordable cost. Milton Ndaatwa is the Chairperson
Kasese Land Mine Survivor’s Association.
He explains that he was hit by a
landmine on December 22, 1996 while helping Uganda People’s Defense Forces-
UPDF during the insurgency by the rebel Allied Democratic Forces-ADF. His leg was amputated
at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital and has never secured an artificial limb
because of the costs involved.
Ndaatwa’s condition forced him to abandon his
home in the mountains to stay with relatives in low lands. He told URN that he has written letters to the National Council for Persons with
Disabilities to extend services closer to them in vain.
He explains that the
absence of such a vital facility exposed many victims to exploitation by unqualified
persons. 24-year-old got his arm
amputated recently. He says his hope was to find an aid that would enable fend
for his future, which was near impossible given limited resources of his
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But Ndaatwa says that
he is grateful to Rotary Club International, which responded to their pleas by establishing
an amputation facility at Kagando hospital, which will serve a bigger
population. According to Ndaatwa, there are many amputated persons in
Kasese district, but only 148 are registered with his organization.
Joshua Mugenyi, the
General Secretary Kasese District People with Disabilities (KADUPED) describes Rotary
Club International a savior to PWDS in Kasese and the entire region. He says they have been
spending months at hospitals waiting to be amputated.
He added that most
time people have to carry foods and drinks to go and camp at hospitals as they
queue for amputation services. Francis Xavier Sentamu, the Governor Rotary district 9211,
says the facility is meant to reduce the long suffering of landmine and
accident victims go through before they are amputated and given walking aids.
Rev. Canon. Benson Baguma, the Director Kagando hospital applauded
Rotatory for the support. He observes that the workshop will go a
long way in helping patients who need amputation to access services at lower
costs but also give them hope.