Over 1000 Narok residents have benefited from free medical camp, courtesy of the Ministry of Health in collaboration with several Non Governmental Organizations.
Patients who turned up were screened for: sexually transmitted infections (STI); cervical cancer; diabetes; hypertension; HIV; malaria and eye, nose and throat (ENT)
Speaking at the closing of the two-day medical camp held at Maasai Mara University Wednesday, the Principal Secretary, Medical Services, Julius Korir said most of the patients received free medication.
The free examination will enable residents live a positive life as they will get the best treatment and advise in case they tested positive to a disease, he said.
He lauded the residents for coming out in large numbers saying early diagnosis and treatment of diseases prevents deaths.
The camps gives great satisfaction when we see large number of people access health services that they would otherwise have not due to varied reasons, like distances to health facilities and sometime ignorance, he said.
The event themed ‘Reaching out for better health in Narok County’ was sponsored by Ministry of Health in collaboration with Barclays Bank, Cooperative Bank, Lions International, East Africa Partnership and Aphia Plus to provide integrated outreach and medical services to vulnerable population in the county.
We want to create awareness and provide preventive and promotive healthcare services as well as generating data to inform in the policy making processes, said Prof. Wycliff Wanjala, the camp chairman.
He said the ministry aims at raising public awareness about complications of some diseases and the role that a healthy lifestyle, screening, diagnosis, education, treatment and support services play in controlling diseases.
However, Wanzala lamented that only a handful of men participated in the exercise adding most of women who showed up were screened for cancer.
It is estimated that 39,000 new cases of cancer are reported each year with more than 27,000 deaths reported in Kenya.
Source: Kenya News Agency