UPDF medical team conduct 18 successful operations in Iganga

(Last Updated On: 29 January 2024)

Iganga I The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) has spread its wings across Busoga sub-region in preparations for the 43rd Tarehe Sita anniversary of February 6, 2024.

From their engineering brigade to the medical team, the UPDF personnel are carrying out different activities in the sub-region. As of January 29, the medical team had conducted 18 successful operations on civilians.

Brigadier General Dr Moses Kiyengo is the Director of Medical Services in UPDF and currently doubles as the head of the Tarehe Sita medical team in the districts of Iganga and Bugweri.

Dr Kiyengo said they are actively engaging with the community by identifying their needs and offering specialized services as soldiers.

The approach, he said, will enable the UPDF medical personnel to hone their skills and become more proficient in the execution of their duties.

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“The team stationed at Iganga General Hospital is made up of UPDF specialists, which includes a general surgeon, physician, gynaecologists, midwives, counsellors, nurses, and medical officers who will offer a range of medical services to treat gynaecological conditions, fibroids, patients with infertility, cervical cancer screening, among other surgical and general medicine.

According to him, the team that is deployed at Iganga General Hospital comprises highly trained UPDF specialists like general surgeons, physicians; gynaecologists, and midwives who are offering an extensive range of medical services to cater to the needs of the residents.

“… Everybody who comes we have free treatment. If you come and have a neurosurgery problem, brain surgery, we have a neurosurgeon,” said Brig Gen Dr Kiyengo.

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The Medical Superintendent of Iganga General Hospital, Dr. Mugoya Dauda said they are proud and appreciate the UPDF medical team for alleviating some of the challenges of the hospital.

“Since the deployment of the UPDF medical team on Saturday, they have played a key role during the over 18 operations that have been conducted at the hospital. The UPDF specialized team have covered every department with their personnel,” Dr. Mugoya added.

Captain Dr. Andrew Namaulula, the head of the mobile medical team at Nakamala Health Centre III, stated that they will be providing medical treatment for common conditions within the community. The most common cases they will attend to are malaria, respiratory infections, and diarrhoea diseases.

The in-charge of Nakalama Health Centre III Dr Magambire Ssudi observed that on any given day, they attend to over 100 patients at the facility, offering a range of medical services.

“We are very happy to receive the UPDF medical team and I am glad that they have given the patients timely treatment and drugs. We encourage you to come back,” Dr. Magambire noted.

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