There is need for counselling services in refugee camps

Sunday March 17 2019

According to the February fact sheet report 2018, Uganda has 1,205,913 million refugees.

This is the highest number of refugees ever in the country. Refugees are people who have been forced to flee their country because of persecution, war or violence, etc. Uganda has refugees from South Sudan, DR Congo, Burundi, and Rwanda, among others.

The government, through the Office of the Prime Minister, as well as UNHCR, WHO, Medical Teams International, etc, are trying to provide services to the refugees, including food, education, and shelter, among others. The services rendered are appreciated, but they are not enough. On March 13, Ruharo Mission Hospital in collaboration with Bishop Stuart University organised a medical camp at Nakivale Refugee camp to give back to the community.

The executive director of Ruharo Mission Hospital, Ms Nabaasa Stella Busingye, said as an organisation founded by church, they thought it important to have such services to help refugees. The hospital was examining people for diabetes, eye defects, dental and general examination. Most common diseases were diabetes and eye problems.

Counselling services were also needed in refugee camps because some of these people have passed through difficult situations that need counsellors to heal.
Starin Musiimenta,
Ankole Diocese

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