Kigezi region is celebrating the establishment of the First Diabetes clinic, opened today at Kabale regional referral hospital.
The clinic will be serving over 1000 Diabetes patients from the Districts of Kanungu, Kabale, Rukungiri, Kisoro and Ntungamo.
Dr. Nicholas Kamara attached to Kabale Regional referral Hospital is optimistic that the opening of the clinic will reduce suffering by patients who have hitherto trekked long distances to receive treatment from Mbarara regional hospital.
Kamara further revealed that the biggest challenge in the area is that the locals in the Kigezi region have not been getting enough information about Diabetes.
He said that due to ignorance people have not been going for screening and that at times would only rush to seek for medical attention when the situation gets worse.
67 year old Threstine Katwire, a Diabetic patient said that the Opening of the Clinic at Kabale regional referral hospital will bring the services closer to him and other people who have been going through tough times. He has spent the last 20 years receiving treatment from Mbarara Regional referral hospital.