By Daniel Amule

The Resident District Commissioner and Former Arua Deputy R.D.C Toko Swaib flagged off the charity walk to raise fund for new hospice in Arua District on Saturday 14th July 2018.

The Charity Walk started with registration of participants, sale of T-shirts, Caps, among other items and the walk through Arua town to Green Light Onduparaka FC.

Toko Swaib stressed on the need for the youth and women to take Cervical Cancer screening seriously because it has become one of the dangerous diseases that can actually be prevented through immunization.

He called upon girls from age of 10 years to get immunized to protect them from cervical cancer.

At Arua regional referral hospital, there are 2,585 patients that have been registered for Palliative care support since 2013. And currently, there are 370 patients undergoing palliative care support. But sadly, out of the 2,585, about 722 have died due to various illnesses like cancer, liver diseases, abdominal tract infections and sickle cell.

One of the beneficiaries of palliative care services at Arua regional referral hospital Neria Driwaru Aupi Village Ayivuni Sub County who was enrolled in 2006 is suffering from cancer of the liver appreciates the partners for their efforts in setting up the New Life Hospice Unit in Arua District.

She stresses that she can even now walk and do some little work because of the drugs and support given by the care givers in the palliative unit.

According to the Sr. Sally, Neria has brought on board over 10 patients to receive services at the palliative care unit. She says she came in a very bad condition but has eventually become a living testimony for many other patients who cling to her for inspiration.

Sr. Lucy Agaboru, the Nursing Officer In charge Palliative Care at Arua Regional Referral hospital, explained that: “It (Palliative care) is a way of helping the sick people to manage the pain using spiritual, social, physical and psychological support. And we usually administer drugs that can subdue the pain that some patients undergoing through. We also need to work hard to reduce cases of people who run away and cannot be traced.”

The Patron for the New Life Hospice Arua, Dr. Jascinto Amandu, said: “We still have challenge where patients report late to the health centers or the referral hospital. This makes it difficult to follow and take care of them. West Nile still has a lot of disease burden which needs proper research.”

Mr. Marlon Avutia, LC3 Chairman of Pajulu Sub County, said: “Our people should support this project because this will ease accessibility to health care for us. We still need the financial support to ensure that the Palliative care unit is constructed because most of our people cannot afford to always being referred to Mulago or other hospitals in Kampala.”

The fundraising under Palliative Care Association of Uganda is organized to mobilize fund for New Hospice in Arua district. End