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NSSF, Rotary partner to offer free dental care to over 1500 people

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At least 1500 people in Kampala will benefit from an annual dental awareness camp sponsored by the National Social Security Fund, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Kampala North and the Makerere University Dental School.

The camp started on Monday, 12th December and will run until Friday 16th December 2016 at the Dental School in Mulago.

Dr.Annet Kutesa, a Senior lecturer at Makerere University, Barbra Arimi Head of Marketing and Communication NSSF, Margaret Nakajanko, President Rotary Kampala North at the Press Launch of the Dental Camp.

Dr.Annet Kutesa, a Senior lecturer at Makerere University, Barbra Arimi Head of Marketing and Communication NSSF, Margaret Nakajanko, President Rotary Kampala North at the Press Launch of the Dental Camp.

Speaking at the launch, the Deputy Principle of the College of Health Sciences Makerere, Dr. Isaac Okullo, said, “The Dental School is grateful to the Rotary Club for having spearheaded the refurbishment of the teaching facility worth millions of shillings since 2007. This facility led to the idea of the dental camp as a way of giving back to the community through more advanced dental services other than the usual emergency treatment carried out at outreach programmes. Research from the Mulago Dental School indicates that at least 90 per cent of Ugandans are suffering from the effects of poor oral hygiene.”

“We are grateful to the National Social Security Fund for the sponsorship of this camp as it provides an opportunity for many disadvantaged individuals to get free treatment and consultations,” Dr Okullo added.

The Dental Camp will comprise a series of community dental health outreach activities aimed at providing free dental services to those who cannot afford it, mainly in Kamwokya, Kyebando, Bwaise, Kawaala, Mulago, Kivulu, Katanda, and Kaleerwe and surroundin areas.

Barbra Arimi, the Head of Marketing and Communications, NSSF, said, “It’s our endeavour to improve the quality of life of our communities through the various health care initiatives we undertake from time to time. We are delighted with the positive response received from the past dental camps and we shall continue to undertake such initiatives in the future and contribute to the well-being of the communities.”

Over the last five years, the Fund has supported the Dental Camp, which has contributed to treatment of over 5,000 underprivileged people.

Dental treatment and health promotion services, according to Dr Okullo, will be provided by doctors from Mulago Hospital, Makerere University College of Health Sciences and other volunteer doctors from around Kampala. The camp is held in Mulago because of the facilities and high profile doctors available to offer the service.

The free services provided are screening, filling, tooth decay extraction, oral education among others.

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Uganda Insurers Association in Life Insurance Digital Campaign

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Ms. Miriam Magala, CEO Uganda Insurers Association

Ms. Miriam Magala, CEO Uganda Insurers Association during the press briefing.

Uganda Insurers Association (UIA), the umbrella organization for all the insurance companies in Uganda, has embarked on efforts to create awareness and encourage uptake of Life insurance in Uganda.

The highly emotional campaign kicked off on UIA’s social media pages featuring children answering a series of questions about how they envision life without their parents and guardians. Through this digital based campaign, UIA intends to encourage families to take up life insurance policies by appealing to them to secure a future for themselves and their dependants.

According to the Uganda Insurers Association, Life assurance is a contract between an insurance policy holder and an insurer, where the insurer promises to pay a specified beneficiary a sum of money upon the death of the insured person or upon the happening of another specified event.

Life insurance generally falls under four categories:

• Whole Life Insurance policies which cover the entire life time of the policy holder. The premium is paid till the expiry of an agreed period and the policy pays out at death- whenever death occurs during the policyholders’ lifetime.

• Term Insurance policies which are taken for specific periods of time and because the time/period is specified, premiums are either paid throughout that period or as a single premium summing all future payments.

• Endowment policies, like term insurance policies, are taken for specified periods and premiums are paid throughout the term of the policy or until death-whichever occurs first. These are primarily for financial benefit of policy holder, and secondarily for protection of family in case of death.

• Pension Plans/Annuities allow you to pay regular premiums until the usual retirement age (usually 60 years) after which the insurer makes monthly, quarterly or annual pension payments to you until you die.

Commenting about the life insurance efforts, Ms. Miriam Magala, the UIA Chief Executive Officer, noted that with a relatively steady and growing economy, there is an increase in the number of Ugandans who can afford insurance, but many of them lack awareness about the policies and their benefits.

“By focusing on life insurance, UIA will help families, businesses, employers, and other parties to protect against a financial loss that occurs when someone dies or is no longer able to work for certain reasons. Additionally, through life insurance, Ugandans will get a cushion during their old age when their ability to engage in productive work is minimal,” she noted.

This is not the first time that the Uganda Insurers Association has embarked on a campaign to create awareness of an insurance policy. Throughout 2017, the association held a country wide insurance literacy campaign through which they created awareness for Life insurance, agriculture insurance, Workers Compensation Insurance, Motor Third Party and Comprehensive insurance.

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Sheraton Kampala Hotel hosts Muslim clients to Iftar diner

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Sheraton Kampala Hotel hosted their Muslim clients to a mouthwatering dinner as they kicked off the month of Ramadan. The dinner was held to thank the Muslims clients for the continued support to the hotel and to also wish them a fruitful fasting period.

The dinner was attended by clients from various organizations and industries with a guest profile ranging from managers, ambassadors, business people, media personalities to mention but a few together with their spouses.

While addressing the guests during the dinner, the General Manager, Sheraton Kampala Hotel, Jean-Philippe Bittencourt encouraged the Muslims to keep up with the good spirit of brotherhood as they observe this Ramadan. He further thanked them for the immeasurable support to the Sheraton hotel through their respective organizations
and as individuals and encouraged them to work as a team for peace and unity to be realized.

“Thank you all for respecting the Holy Month of Ramadan and making a point to fast, and we encourage all our clients to come and break their fast at Sheraton Kampala’s Paradise Restaurant where we have a very special Iftar corner accompanied by a lavish buffet every Monday through to Saturday.” Concluded Bittencourt.

As part of its value, Sheraton Kampala Hotel aims to respect all religions, races and disciplines, and holding the Iftar diner is a symbol that everyone is equally welcome at the Hotel.

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Mukono, Jinja residents rewarded in Samba Ne Coca-Cola promotion

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The excitement was palpable in Mukono and Jinja towns when beverage giant Coca-Cola handed over 30 prizes to lucky consumers as part of the ongoing Samba Ne Coca-Cola promotion.

The excitement was palpable in Mukono and Jinja towns when beverage giant Coca-Cola handed over 30 prizes to lucky consumers as part of the ongoing Samba Ne Coca-Cola promotion.

The handovers which begun in Mukono town on Saturday last week saw six lucky consumers receive brand new Hisense 32 inch TV screens. The winners included St. Paul’s Catholic Cathedral’s Father Paul Sebitoogo who purchased a crate of soda during the Cathedral charity marathon and received his prize immediately.

Held at Kazimingi grounds, the Jinja town handovers attracted traders from the central market, taxi operators from the nearby park and passers-by who were all excited to see over 30 winners receiving their prizes from Coca-Cola. Other winners in Jinja town walked away with brand new t-shirts, balls and crates of soda for taking part in the promotion.

“We still have exciting prizes and money to hand over to our consumers. Keep drinking and checking under the white crown and we shall bring the prize to you,” commented Coca-Cola Uganda Marketing Manager Mrs. Maggie Kigozi.

Samba Ne Coca-Cola was launched in April this year in partnership with World Cup Official broadcaster Multichoice and Global partner HiSense to bring the World Cup closer to consumers all across Uganda.

Since its launch, lucky consumers across the country have been winning Television sets, Multichoice Dishes and Decoders, soccer balls, brand new t-shirts, packs of soda and cash prizes. Over five lucky subscribers have already taken home UGX4,000,000 and two have won the UGX 10,000,000 jackpot so far.

To participate in the Samba Ne Coca-Cola promotion, consumers simply have to purchase a Coca-Cola, Fanta, Sprite, Novida, Krest or Stoney 300ml glass or 500ml plastic bottle bearing a white crown and check under the crown for their exciting prize. Redemption of prizes will be at identified distribution points all across the country and consumers are encouraged to look out for these redemption centers in press and posters.

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