The story of 11 year old girl, Maria Nanyanzi whose hope to live has been restored after Bulamu health care international initiated surgical operation on her right thigh and footed her medical bills at CORSU hospital, Entebbe.
Formed in 2016, Bulamu Healthcare provides free primary healthcare to rural Ugandans, with Medical professionals, Bulamu provide exams, diagnoses, triage, surgical procedures, immunizations, cancer screenings, spiritual counseling, and more.
Born in Mulago hospital and from Masaka district, just like other babies, the ailing Nanyanzi was born through a normal delivery however, she had no visible private part instead had a small hole left where she would discharge urine.
At six months old, Nanyanzi was abandoned at her grandmother’s home by her mother, Resty Nanyanzi in search for money to look after her. The mother got employed at one of the restaurants in Kawempe before started sending money for the welfare of her child.
Rest told this Eagle Online that with the aid of herbal medicine, her private parts became visible. At five years, Nanyanzi’s right thigh developed complications and started swelling and discharging of fluids as she moaned day and night.
She said on visiting local health unit for treatment and checkup, they referred to Mulago referral hospital, Kampala and subjected to various tests including cancer before prescription of medicine.
Narrating the ordeal, the mother said Nanyanzi was put on a daily medication of Shs13,000 however, the family could not afford it and the patient was left at God’s mercy and attending payers at various churches in Kampala.
“At nine years, my daughter’s leg crippled and she could not walk by herself, her life started deteriorating. We were left with nothing since my husband is bedridden. We tried everything but we got nothing out of them. We lost hope,” She said
As February went down, Resty Nanyanzi’s hope for her child to get back onto her feet was restored when she was introduced to Bulamu health care international that was holding its February health camp at Nankandulo village, Kamuli district situated in the eastern Uganda.
She said, despite giving all sorts of medical services including surgery, Maria was registered under Angle programme that handles complicated and special cases in medical camps. “We were told that our case will be handled at CORSU hospital, in Entebbe and were we offered an ambulance back home,” she said
According to Joseph Bisaso, the field operations manager, Bulamu health care international entered into a memorandum of understanding with CORSU hospital Entebbe for rehabilitation and plastic surgery and Care hospital Mbale for Hydrocephalus cases. “We have worked on over 20,000 patients in various districts including Wakiso, Kumi Gulu, Kamuli, and Rukiga among other.”
On February 12, 2019, Maria was admitted to CORSU hospital however on their way to the medical facility, the encountered protests in town in which they lost their medical documents obtained from Kamuli referral hospital in collaboration with Bulamu health care international.
On the February 13, 2019, Maria was operated. According to the management of the hospital, the rotten part of the bone was removed making the right hand leg shorter than the left adding that the since the Maria is still young the bone will grow stretching to original position.
Resty applauded Bulamu for good and merciful heart of helping the needy and availing medical services to her daughter.
Speaking to this website, Maria, a primary three pupil who wants to become a doctor after school said she feels better and has hope that within few weeks she will be walking back to class to pursue and fulfil her dream.
She lauded Bulamu for footing her bills that will see her going back to school.
Despite working on over 8,000 patients per camp, Mr. Bisaso said they have always faced a challenge of complicated cases and none functional theatres at the various hospitals collaborated with to offer medical services.
He appealed to government to always come out and work with Bulamu health care international and other organisations as their implementing partners for improvement in medical service delivery in this Country.