On 18th April 2015 Mr. Asiimwe Bob a local citizen of Fort portal, Kabarole district and Dr Musinguzi Edwin a medical doctor of Buhinga Regional Referral Hospital in Kabarole district, were hosted live on Hits Fm Orukurato talkshow to give un update about mobilizing for funds to acquire a heart machine for Rwenzori Region
Mobilizing the funds for the heart machine in Kabarole came after the death of Hon Halima Wakabu the director of Green circle school in Fort portal Municipality in 2013.
“The main reason for us to appear on this radio talkshow today is to update people of Rwenzori Region how far the fundraising has reached, what next can be done to raise the funds and what can be done to see that we have the machine in place?, I think we can mobilize resources through organising events like charity walk, marathon, dinners, etc so that the required amount for the machine is collected” Said Asiimwe Bob.
Bob added that since 2013 when the account was opened, there is currently a cash collection of 1.156.275= (one million one hundred fifty six thousand two hundred seventy five shillings). Three people deposited and these are Hon. Alex Ruhunda (one million Ugandan Shillings), and concerned citizens that is Mr Mwesige (100,000=) and Mr. Richard (100,000=)
“Our lifestyles have led to increased diseases especially heart related diseases and high blood pressure, our habits like smoking, drinking alcohol, eating habits, lack of exercising, too much relaxation, etc are the main causes of high blood pressure and heart diseases, we need to have this machine in place to reduce on the costs of traveling to Mulago”. Said Dr. Musinguzi Edwin of Buhinga Regional Referral Hospital in Kabarole district.’
Dr.Musinguzi added the only way to fight the above disease everyone need to avoid smoking tobacco, avoid eating too much meat and oily staff, do regular exercises, stop covering food with polythene bags (buvera), do regular medical checkups and embrace the government proposed vaccination campaign If we are to succeed in fighting cancer.
During the 2 hours program over 15 people called in and over 10 sent messages to contribute to the topic.
"If we can fully coordinate with our leaders, we cannot fail to buy the heart machine, lets work hand in hand with the leaders". Said Edward a caller from Fort portal.
"We dont have any doctor who can work on heart issues so even if we get the machine it will also require to have a medical doctor to operate". James a caller from Kamengo, Kabarole district
The 2 hour live radio discussion was moderated by Mr. Kasigazi Willy Donanto and is supported by ToroDev in partnership with SIDA, NED, DRT,SPIDER, ICT4 Dem, and Hits Fm