Kabale to Mukono; Elderly in 400 Km commemorative Walk

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The 400 kilometre walk is to raise awareness about the plight of the elderly and raise funds as well to purchase medical equipment for the health centres dedicated to offer specialized medical care to older persons in the country.

A group of about fifteen elderly people have launched a four hundred kilometre walk from Muhanga in Kabale south western region to Mukono district in central Uganda.

Under their organization reach one touch one ministries (ROTOM), the elderly are expected to trek the long journey for about nineteen days in order to take part in commemorating ten years of ROTOM serving to improve physical and emotional health of the older persons in the country.

ROTOM a Non-Government Organization striving to make older persons live dignified and fulfilled lives started helping the elderly people in 2003 in Mukono, Kabale and Iganga districts.

Kenneth Mugayehwenkyi, the organisations executive director says the 400 kilometre walk by the elderly people is to raise awareness about their plight and raise funds as well to purchase medical
equipment for the health centres dedicated to offer specialized medical care to older persons in the country.

There are 1.5 million persons aged 60 years and older in Uganda, many of whom live in extreme poverty and lack access health care.

He however said that the journey has not been as easy as most of them have developed sores on their feet.  He said they have also not been able to cover long distances as earlier expected because of the
too much rain they encounter along the way.

Accommodation for the elderly people is also another big challenge as they trek their journey to Mukono district although the beneficiaries are proud of the benefits getting from ROTOM.