Le memorial medical services held a two-day pediatric camp focusing on cancers in children and blood disorders. It was held on Saturday2nd and Sunday 3rdApril 2022 at the le memorial medical services facility. The overarching aim of the camp was to give back to the community and to create awareness about cancers in children and blood disorders, especially sickle cell disease.

In total, over 450 children from all over Uganda were seen by a team of specialized doctors in Hematology and Oncology, Physicians and medical officers. Of this, over 80% of the children were living with sickle cell disease. Many parents did not know how their children acquired sickle cell disease, and they received comprehensive health education talks from specialists hematologists and from mothers to sickle cell disease warriors who shared their own experiences with other mothers and gave them courage and hope for the future of this children. Hon. Joyce Bagala was one of the mothers who shared her experience and had a Question and Answer session with the other families.

Over 1,500 laboratory tests including sickle cell disease screening, malaria tests, and complete blood count were performed on all eligible patients as prescribed by the doctors. In addition, over 20 oral medicines and syrups, totaling to over 10,000 doses were dispensed. All these were free of charge. About 15 patients required short-term admissions for resuscitation, with intravenous fluids, injectable painkillers, and 5 required urgent blood transfusions.

This camp is the 1st of its kind and adds to the existing services such as maternity, antenatal care, intensive care unit, and general medical services at Le memorial. The management of Le Memorial Medical Services wishes to have this camp annually to raise awareness about sickle cell disease, the need for early couple sickle cell disease screening, and genetic counseling and . Le memorial pledges to be in the forefront in the fight against sickle cell disease.

le memorial would also like to thank  Nation Media Group Henhar, Abacus phamacy, KCB bank, DFCU, RadioOne and all the other sponsors that came together to make this event a success.

To the editor: le memorial medical services based in lubowa kitiko ,2.5 km off Entebbe road on kigo road  is dully licensed to provide health services of all sorts including emergency care, as well as routine outpatient clinics.. Contact le memorial on 0772220447 or +256312311000  we are on facebook lememorialMedical twitter @LeMemorial , www.lememorial.org and @info@lememorial.org

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