Free medical camp for the vulnerable

Some 3,000 households in Nakuru and Narok County are set to benefit from a week long free medical clinic run by 28 American and European doctors turned missionaries.

The clinic under the Impact Nations missionaries programme seeks to reach out to societys most vulnerable by providing them with free cancer screening services for men and women as well as free medical services for children under the age of five years.

The programmes coordinator Mike Brawan said the initiative to be partly supported by the County Governments will see at least 600 elderly men screened for prostate cancer and another 400 women screened for cervical and breast cancer as well as diabetes and other non communicable diseases in the quest for halving the disease burden reduced in the areas.

He was speaking Friday at Metro Church International in Nakuru where he officially launched the initiative and at least 700 people were treated and 50 others screened for cancer.

Brawan said the initiative steered by a team of specialised doctors from Seven Countries in America and Europe will also reach out to correctional centres in Nakuru and Narok to enable inmates benefit from the cause.

He observed that the national statistics on cancer patients is worryingly low yet many victims of cancer languish in the villages when they can be put on appropriate therapy programmes after proper diagnosis.

The clinic will also provide sexually active beneficiaries with updated information on reproductive health, family planning and HIV/ AIDS prevention and management.

On his part, the teams lead doctor Dr. Margareta Steward said the initiative is fully supported annually by American and European citizens who she said contribute money for buying medicine and non medical supplies for the programme.

She said that the two County Governments have already deployed six local doctors to the clinic to offer complementary support for efficient services.

The initiative comes weeks after the Nakuru County Government began registering cancer patients for specialised clinics to be fully funded by the County government and partners.

Cancer patients in the two Counties rely on the already over stretched Nakuru Hospice for palliative care.

Source: Kenya News Agency