The family of Mwebesa Willbroad Sankara, 27, a celebrated club Disc Joker in Ntungamo town, is seeking for aid to be able to take their ailing breadwinner for treatment.
Mwebesa started developing a swelling on his right cheek in September 2019, but efforts to have proper medication remain futile due to the low income of his family, and this has only caused the swelling to develop further.
“It started as a small pimple when I shaved the beards but it kept developing. I went to several clinics but they all failed. When I had used almost all the money I had, it swelled more and I had to engage my family. They aided me and took me to Mbarara regional referral hospital but the only thing that was done was checkup. We could not access medical doctors after the lab. They gave us an appointment in March but we failed to go there because of tough lockdown measures then,” DJ Sankara said.
His mother Ms Margaret Kenyangi is the one taking care of him from their small mud and wattle house where they live with another brother.
“Sankara was the one bringing food home, as you look around here, there is no other livelihood. I have another son who turns against us every night. We now have nothing to eat and he needs special attention and medication. It pains him so much and at times he wakes up in the middle of the night crying. We can’t do anything, he needs transport to the hospital and special medical attention bills. We need assistance,” she said.
Dr Beda Senkware of Ntungamo family clinic says the situation is called Lymphoma which is a swelling of lymph nodes in the salivary glands.
The diagnosis done at Mbarara hospital identified bloody spots in his salivary glands. It ruled out cancer.
Dr Senkware says such a situation can be corrected with an operation on the glands and he would get back to normal. The family needs up to Shs10 millions to have the surgery done which they say they do not have at the moment.
Moses Baryomera Magufuli, a neighbour, has since started a fundraising drive to help the family.
“We need to come together and help the family. I also hope government considers developing facilities at district hospitals to work on such ailments and help the patients incur lower transport costs,” he said.
Contributions towards the medication can be sent on 0706446980, 0775395435 all in names of his mother Magret Kenyangi