Recently, Bwambale Robert (pictured below) conducted a health community sensitization exercise, in his capacity as a health worker, to sensitize community members on the upcoming Polio immunization exercise that will begin within the whole District of Kasese. Most of the disability in the Kasese District is due to polio infection.
The Government of Uganda, in partnership with the World Health Organization, have organized this health exercise. During this exercise, which is already underway, Bwambale Robert will travel to surrounding villages and identify persons with disabilities (PWDs) who are suffering, due to lack of assistive devices, (focusing mostly on wheel chairs). Thus far, Bwambale Robert has identified four students who are being carried to and from school by their parents. Bwambale Robert also identified two elderly disabled women, who are also lacking wheel chairs. One of the women, was quite ill but was unable to get to the hospital. Bwambale Robert was able to bring her to the local health facility for medical care and at the facility, she was given a wheel chair by a project called Dakitari Project, which is supported by Belgian Nursing students.
Bwambale Robert reiterated that PWDs are suffering without assistive devices and can become very isolated in their homes. Bwambale Robert continues to share stories of PWDs in Kasese communities as a means to shed light on the ongoing challenges they face. Bwambale Robert is also taking time to educate parents in the Kasese communities, of the importance of polio vaccines for their children.