- The Charity Walk that starts at Arua Hill grounds to Onduparaka Green Light Stadium is to create awareness
- Involving palliative care allows for better control of symptoms and an improved sense of quality of life.
- Palliative care also helps the family of the person who is ill
- With better symptom control and support, this frequently translates to less time spent in hospital
- Balancing these hopes with realities is immensely difficult and so it needs patience
Arua- The Charity Walk that has been organized by the New Life Hospice Arua, is to offer a ray of hope, to the patients who suffering from terminal illnesses.
Few people are aware of the benefits of Palliative care. But through the Charity Walk on Saturday, the proceeds would be for construction of a Palliative care unit in Oduluba village in Dadamu Sub County.
Speaking to the Press on Friday at Arua hospital boardroom, the Patron for the New Life Hospice Arua, Dr Jascinto Amandu, said: “We still have challenge where patients report late to the health centers or the referral hospital. This makes it difficult to follow and take care of them. West Nile still has a lot of disease burden which needs proper research.”
He added: “Through Palliative care, we shall also look at families especially for the patients who have died. We need to give hope to the patients who are suffering in pain. With the Palliative unit, it will also provide a training opportunity at the unit for the people of West Nile. Although, we are also in talks with Muni University to offer courses related to Palliative care as party of their science subjects.”
A Nurse prescribes the sickness of a patient who turned up for treatment in Arua. Photo by Felix
The Chairman Central Organising Committee for the Charity Walk, Mr Malon Avutia, also the LC3 Chairman of Pajulu Sub County, said: “Our people should support this project because this will ease accessibility to health care for us. We still need the financial support to ensure that the Palliative care unit is constructed because most of our people cannot afford to always being referred to Mulago or other hospitals in Kampala.”
He said during the Charity Walk, there will be sale of T-shirts, Caps, among other items and a match will be played between staff of Arua Regional Referral Hospital and Multi choice staff at Betway Green Light stadium. Earlier, Onduparaka FC also played a match with KCCA in Kampala to fundraise for the project.
Program Officer for Palliative Care Uganda, Mr Mark Mwesiga, Mr Malon Avutia, the LC3 Chairman of Pajulu Sub County and Dr Robert Candia during the press Conference. Photo by Felix
Sr Lucy Agaboru, the Nursing Officer In charge Palliative Care at Arua Regional Referral hospital, explained that: “It (Palliative care) is a way of helping the sick people to manage the pain using spiritual, social, physical and psychological support. And we usually administer drugs that can subdue the pain that some patients undergoing through. We also need to work hard to reduce cases of people who run away and cannot be traced.”
At Arua regional referral hospital, there are 2,585 patients that have been registered for Palliative care support since 2013. And currently, there are 370 patients undergoing palliative care support. But sadly, out of the 2,585, about 722 have died due to various illnesses like cancer, liver diseases, abdominal tract infections and sickle cell. This, Sr Lucy, said was high number which needs to be reduced once early treatment is sought.