Thousands of local residents from Kisii and Nyamira counties are set to get free medical care as from Monday when free medical camps are launched by Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i.
The 3-day free medical camps are organised by Gusii professionals and medics who hail from Kisii and Nyamira counties under the auspices of Inka Medics Association, IMA, in an annual effort to give back to the community as the festive season sets in.
In a statement to newsrooms, the President of Inka Medics Association Dr Atei Kerochi said that due to poverty levels and the high cost of medical care, many families in Kisii and Nyamira counties are not able to access quality health care.
“Medical costs for our people remain high especially when it comes to chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, kidney ailments, hypertension, among others, whose diagnostic and care services require huge resources even for those in employment,” Dr Kerochi observed.
“Because of this challenge, the local medics and other professionals from our area want to contribute and compliment what the county and national governments are currently doing to meet the medical needs of our people,” the IMA boss told the media adding that the free medical camps will emphasize screening for the non-communicable diseases even for those not feeling unwell.
“We urge the local residents to take advantage of this initiative and come out in large numbers to be screened. Early detection of any disease is associated with better outcome and less costs in managing the disease,” Dr Kerochi who is a public health specialist advised.
The Chairman of the Committee that is organizing the medical camps Dr Jane Nyakang’o thanked the partners and sponsors for the overwhelming support they have accorded this initiative.
“Over 90% of the resources that we have received for these medical camps have come in-kind. We have had donations coming in the form of medical equipment, medical accessories, medicines,
mobile clinics, transport vehicles, tents, chairs among others from different institutions,” said Dr Nyakang’o who is also the Chairman of Dedan Kimathi University of Technology Council.
“Our medical personnel comprising specialists, general practitioners, clinical officers, nurses, medical records officers, registrars, and others will offer their services for free so that our people can remain healthy and productive. We believe there is no better way of supporting the government’s Big Four agenda of providing universal healthcare for our people,” she added.
Some of the partners that have come out strongly to support the free medical services drive include County Governments of Kisii and Nyamira, Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Kenyatta National Hospital, Coptic Hospital, Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA), and Pharmacy and Poisons Board. Others are Beta Healthcare, Angelica Medical Supplies, Kisii and Nyamira Teaching and Referral Hospitals, Kisii Eye Hospital, HEMA Hospital, AMS Group, Dynapath Laboratories, among others.