RUKUNGIRI- Buyanja MyRoots, an organisation that originated from a WhatsApp-social media group of people hailing from Greater Buyanja have reached out to Zippora Akankwasa, the mother of Maria Patience – a mentally retarded child.
Ziporah Akankwasa is a daughter of Kazaire Dezi of Kyamabare village in Rubanga Parish in Buyanja Sub County.
Her father, Tukwasibwe Ernest is from Nyabicence in Rwakirungura and they are currently residents of Kabekakye in Buyanja Town Council.
Their retarded baby is about 5 years old and was referred to Mulago about 2 years ago where the mother was advised to look for about Ugx 2 million but she was unable to raise the amount.
She has since been at home managing the child based on Nutrition and Diet advice from the nearby Mugume Clinic in Buyanja Town Council and Kisiizi Hospital.
After consultation by members of Buyanja MyRoots with Doctors, it was established that Maria Patience needs to access a pediatric neurologist, access physiotherapy, speech therapy, swallowing therapy and psychotherapy for the mother.
“We have collected up to Ugx 4 million to take care of her medical bills and hospital related costs,” Asinguza Mutemba the Chairperson of Buyanja MyRoots told this Online Publication.
Mutemba said that they collected the money from their own savings and worked with an Aunt called Hilda in Buyanja to bring Zippora and the baby to Kampala where a specialist Doctor was identified in Mulago Hospital to take care of the baby’s needs.
“Our Doctors will collate, collaborate and follow up on our behalf,” Asinguza added with confidence.
He said that since its inception, Buyanja MyRoots has contributed to the construction of a classroom block at Rwentuha Primary School in Rukungiri, organized a Health Camp at Buyanja Health Center that treated 9,904 people from the Kigezi Sub Region and beyond and participated in the National Coronavirus pandemic response.
Asinguza also said that the group has been supporting each other in form of social and health reassurance with a key focus areas of promoting their identity as ‘AbanyaBuyanja’, to complement the government’s efforts in education, health and agriculture, provide social and emotional support, counseling services and follow up on our members.
He said that they are now organized into a formidable manageable health and funeral insurance scheme to support the members when need arises.
Buyanja MyRoots is run by a committee of 18 members including the Executive Committee (ExCom) and Parish Coordinators.
ExCom is headed by Chairperson, Asinguza Allan Mutemba Vice Chairperson, Anna Tumuramye, Chief Mobiliser, Dr Adrian Beinebyabo. Secretary General, Dr Ham Akampurira and Treasurer, Narasi Kambaho.
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