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Sserulanda Spiritual Foundation Opens Door for Medical Treatment

In 2008, government instituted the commission inquiry into the suspicious religious practices of the Serulanda Spiritual Foundation that included among others; preserving of dead bodies, systematic manipulation of followers into giving in all their property that raised a lot of public concern.
Health workers attending to patients at Sserulanda Health Camp.

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  Sserulanda Nsulo Y'obulamu; a controversial spiritual foundation that operates in Kabira Sub-county, Rakai district has finally embraced medical services as a treatment option for various ailments.

Sserulanda spiritual foundation was founded by Joseph Mugonza, in 1975, as a movement which promotes unclear religious philosophy that treated its followers with only herbal drugs and supernatural healing as opposed to professional medical services.

However, the spiritual foundation has lately accepted its followers to start seeking medical service to treat their various ailments. 

The foundation has organised a medical camp located in Kabira Sub County.

Irene Ndagire Bakidde, the coordinator of Buntakke Community Wellness initiative which also operates within the spiritual foundation says their integration of medical services is one of the considered avenues of extending charity to the followers and communities around them.

She says the approval for medical services has enabled them respond to the underlying healthcare demands both within the camp and communities around.

Bakidde explains that they began offering the services in May before they resolved to organize and expand the program with a health camp.

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The range of health services that are being offered include antenatal care, immunization, treatment of fevers, dental and eye conditions, HIV and AIDs testing and counselling among others.

According to Ndagire, the foundation has also established partnership with local government health services providers that will continuously guide the medical teams, as well as incorporating other programs like immunization and provision of HIV drugs supplies.

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Josephine Kabalungi, one of the many followers appreciates the arrangement as an opportunity for the community to receive specialized medical attention.

Dr Patrick Ssemuwemba, a Paediatrician, says that the community is receiving specialized healthcare and the adjustments have opened opportunities for public health education that has never existed. 

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In 2008, government instituted the commission inquiry into the suspicious religious practices of the Serulanda Spiritual Foundation that included among others; preserving of dead bodies, systematic manipulation of followers into giving in all their property that raised a lot of public concern.