For the past 19 years, the Association of Surgeons of Uganda (ASOU) have conducted a surgical camp in different regions of Uganda. The Surgical camp is a weeklong activity in which Surgeons, nurses, anaesthetists and other support staff provide free surgical consultations and operation in a chosen region of the country especially in rural communities.

In the past six years, Shell Uganda partnered with the association to make this initiative possible. This year, Vivo Energy Uganda, Shell licensee in 15 African countries and the company behind the Shell brands, joins the association in this cause. Vivo Energy has donated 1,000 litres of Shell Unleaded Petrol worth 3.8m shillings to facilitate travel for the surgeons between the different districts in which the surgeries will be performed.

Speaking at the handover of the donation, Vivo Energy’s Communications Manager, Ms. Cerinah Zalwango expressed that the company is keen on supporting causes that promote the wellbeing of its customers mostly through road safety, education and environment. “We have over the years worked with the Association of Surgeons because we believe in what they are doing to extend free surgical care to those who cannot afford it. It is a noble cause that we are still interested in contributing to.”

This year the surgical camp will be conducted in Teso region at Amudat, Amuria, Atutur, Bukedea, Kaberamaido, Katakwi, Lwala, Ngora, Soroti and Kumi hospitals from 12th to 16th August 2013 and will end with a scientific conference to address the subject of succession planning in surgery at Akello Hotel in Soroti.

Zalwango added that, ‘As Vivo Energy, we chose to contribute fuel to facilitate the teams that will be travelling through the different regions to conduct the surgeries.’

Dr. Alex Elobu, the secretary of the Association of Surgeons in Uganda expressed that ‘the surgical camp is an opportunity for over 40 surgeons and 100 other medical practitioners to come together annually to offer our services for free to those who cannot afford them. We mostly conduct surgeries for Hernias, body swellings, Goitres, intestinal problems, and breast surgeries among others. We are grateful to Vivo Energy for continuing the support we have been receiving from Shell Uganda over the past 6 years and look forward to continuing this relationship.”

Other partners that have come on board to support this initiative include Ministry of Health who provide operating tools and drugs, Umeme, Ethicon, and Apollo hospital of India.

For more details, Contact Cerinah Zalwango, [email protected], +256 772 754001

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