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At the medical camps residents benefited from free malaria screening, hepatitis B vaccination, immunization of children below five years, sensitisation on primary health care and proper nutrition.
A soldier vaccinates a baby at Wabulungu health center III.

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Over 300 people in Magamaga town council have benefited from a free medical camp organized by Uganda People’s Defense Forces-UPDF at Wabulungu Health Center III as part of the Tarehe Sita celebration, which is commemorated on February 6th.  

The day is commemorated to remember the day when National Resistance Army rebels led by president, Yoweri Museveni launched their five year bush war against the Apollo Milton Obote government.

At the medical camps residents benefited from free malaria screening, hepatitis B vaccination, immunization of children below five years, sensitisation on primary health care and proper nutrition.  

Martha Namukoobe, a resident of Izilu village says that she managed to learn Yoga exercises can easily relieve her body from joint pains. 

“I have been consuming several herbal and other sorts of energy drinks to contain general body pains and fatigue, but after the soldiers introduced to us a 30 minutes yoga exercise and meditation, I feel much better,” she said.

Hasifa Namata, a resident of Musita trading center, says the soldiers distributed free drugs and also cleaned the health facility.  

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Grace Kabanda, the in charge of Wabulungu Health Center III, says the number of patients has tripled compared to an average of 100 patients they register on a daily basis. 

She says the soldiers have also provided them with free vaccines, antimalarial drugs and condoms for distribution to their patients after the health camp.

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The Magamaga barracks cantonment commandant, Tom Tumuheirwe notes that UPDF is part of the people and ready to devise viable means of increasing civil military relations through addressing daily community challenges.

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