Charity teams up with firms to stage free medical camp

21Feb 2020
James Lanka
The Guardian
Charity teams up with firms to stage free medical camp

THE Lions Club of Dar-es-salaam in partnership with two private companies offered free medical camp in Siha District, Kilimanjaro Region during the weekend.

The medical checkup and Cataract surgery for the eye, blood pressure and diabetes was held at Siha district hospital, located at Sanya Juu area. It was jointly organised by the charity in collaboration with the Kilimanjaro-based avocado farming and exporting firm Africado and Da-es-salaam based Auditing firm-PKF.

Speaking at the event, Siha District Commissioner Onesmo Buswelu appealed to other charity organisations and firms to initiate free health camps in various hospitals for sustainable health services particularly for the poor.

He made the call over the weekend at the two-day free eye camp at Siha District hospital organised by the Lions Club of Dar-es-salaam in collaboration with two other firms.

 “On behalf of the government, I commend the role played by Africado company and all Lions Clubs who organised this crucial health camp where more than 2000 patients attended while some of them will undergo free Cataract Surgery by Eye Specialists from various hospitals in Kilimanjaro region who are at our hospital for this free medication camp; my appeal to the other charity clubs is to imitate this…” he explained.  

For his part, the Coordinator of the exercise, Mustansir Gulamhussein explained that, the charity project that took place between February 15 to 16 this year at Siha district hospital aims at commemorating World Sight Day and the death of the father of nation, Julius Nyerere.

“In our free medical checkups for the eye, the patients who will be found with Cataract will undergo free Cataract Surgeries, others will get free eye glasses and medication …” he explained.

Lion Gulamhussein further explained that, lions clubs has so far sponsored different charity projects for the people with disabilities, and other special groups such as orphans and vulnerable children.

For his part, the Human Resources Manager (HRM) for Africado company Paschal Shayo explained that, his firm has donated more than 20 mil/- in the exercise to make sure that people who are leaving in villages surrounding their avocado farms benefit with the revenues from the company.

“Africado has donated more than 20 mil/- in this two-day free medical checkups for the eye, as a part of corporate socio responsibilities…” he explained.