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Over 500 elderly from Bahati benefit from free medical camp

The medical camp held at Bahati Full Gospel Church grounds offered free cancer screening, eye screening, dental care, nutrition, general illness and lab services.

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A section of elderly persons wait to be attended to.PHOTO/Courtesy.
More than 500 elderly patients from Bahati Sub-county benefited from a free medical camp organized by the Bahati professionals group known as Marafiki wa Yesu in partnership with Lions SightFirst Eye hospital and Women for cancer group.

The medical camp held at Bahati Full Gospel Church grounds offered free cancer screening, eye screening, dental care, nutrition, general illness and lab services.

Hundreds of patients with different ailments flocked the grounds from early morning and queued to get the services offered by medical personnel from Bahati Sub-county Hospital.

Those with physical challenges were given priority and did not line up.

Lucy Maina, chairlady of Marafiki wa yesu group and a medic at Bahati sub-county hospital said the idea was aimed at reaching out to hundreds of elderly residents who live in the grassroots.

“Our aim is not only to offer free treatment but to detect people suffering from killer diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer” Maina said.

Maina said the team of doctors and clinical officers drawn from various facilities in the country converged to set up an integrated camp to assist patients to get treatment.

She, however, said a majority of those living in rural areas die because such diseases are not detected early for medication to be prescribed.

Lions Sightfirst Eye Hospital Community outreach manager Peter Ndwiga said they have a plan to carry out the medical camps nationally to bridge the gap in accessing healthcare services in the grassroots.

Ndwiga urged residents to take advantage of the medical camp including those with complicated cases who will get referrals to get more advanced services at their main hospital in Nairobi.

Elizabeth Mbuthia from Women for cancer early detection and treatment urged women to take advantage of free cancer screening services and go for tests.

Mbuthia said the screening was part of their strategy to assist residents in detecting cancer at an early stage to help in early treatment and management.

Residents interviewed, hailed the organizers of the camp saying many poor residents benefited.

Bishop Gitu of the full gospel church said many people cannot access cancer screening services and general illness due to poverty.

Gitu said though the national government had made significant strides in equipping hospitals with cancer screening and facilities, some health care centres lack qualified personnel.

County governments should come up with statutes to ensure cancer screening centres are established at ward levels countrywide, he said.

 

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Lobby groups call for empowerment of Community Health Facility Committees

Lisa Owino, a Lawyer working with Kenya Legal & Ethical Issues Network (KELIN) challenged communities to continue fighting for their rights to healthcare services.

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Nakuru's Langalanga Sub county Hospital.PHOTO/Courtesy.

Lobby groups championing matters of health in Nakuru county have called for need to empower Community Health Facilityacility Committees.

The groups argued that the formation of CHFCs was to close gaps in aeevict delivery and to hold health facilities accountable for the quality and comprehensive services.

However,this has not been the case as most CHFCs are powerless due to lack of capacity building.

Francis Shinali from Nakuru Town East Neighbourhood Association, said the empowerment of the committees is key in ensuring they play their mandate of oversight in delivery of community health services, promote social accountability and mobilize resources for community health.

Shinali, who is a former CHFCs official in one of the Nakuru health facilities, added that the challenges facing the committees should be addressed for better services.

“We call on county government and other organizations to step in and ensure the committees are empowered through capacity building trainings so that we can better services in our health facilities” he said.

Shinali was speaking in Nakuru on Tuesday during a social accountability tools training for community action cells in enhancing the capacity of community members to engage in social audit through health monitoring in budget expenditure.

On his part Martin Lunalo from Reproductive Health Youth Friendly and Environment Conservation (RHYFE), called for need to ensure the fight on corruption in the country is successful.

According to Lunalo, corruption has continued to deprive off Kenyans the right to access better healthcare services.

“We cannot have better healthcare services simply because some people somewhere are embezzling funds.We call on investigating agencies and EACC to ensure all people mentioned in corruption scandals are prosecuted” said Lunalo.

Lisa Owino, a Lawyer working with Kenya Legal & Ethical Issues Network (KELIN) challenged communities to continue fighting for their rights to healthcare services.

Ms Owino noted that low public participation in policy and law-making has continued to hinder service delivery.

She also called on the members of the Nakuru Reproductive Health Network not to grow weary in putting the county government on toss as far as matters health services concerned.

While pointing out lack of knowledge and technical capacity as key challenges in community, Owino assured that  KELIN will continue to partner with like-minded organizations to address the same.

“There is need for capacity building within communities to help inform critical networks to push for their priorities to be included in both policies, laws and budgets and ensure implementation of same” said Owino.

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Governor Lee: Travelers from Western, Nyanza counties to test, self-isolate to curb COVID-19 spread

Since March 30, 2020, when the first case was reported in Nakuru County, a total of 8610 COVID-19 confirmed cases and 275 deaths have been reported.

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People travelling to Nakuru from Western Kenya and Nyanza counties have been advised to self-isolate and take a COVID-19 test in a measure to curb the virus spread.

Governor Lee Kinyanjui in a notice said the COVID-19 positivity rate in Busia, Vihiga, Kisii, Nyamira, Kakamega, Bungoma, Kericho, Bomet, Trans Nzoia, Kisumu, Siaya, Homa-Bay and Migori counties is worrisome.

“At 20.5 per cent and rising, we have good reason to consider the trend as ‘a crisis in the making,” he stated adding that the more virulent Indian variant is worsening situations.

He said his administration was monitoring the situation with great caution and shall not hesitate to take up preemptive measures to protect residents and visitors.

In the precautionary statement based on the case situation, the Governor said it will be necessary to reduce travel to the highlighted region to bare necessity.

On average, Nakuru County has an attack rate of 229/100,000 population. This means in every 100,000 people sampled, 229 are highly likely to be infected with COVID-19.

Since March 30, 2020, when the first case was reported in Nakuru County, a total of 8610 COVID-19 confirmed cases and 275 deaths have been reported.

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Governor Lee wants subsidized health insurance coverage for vulnerable populations formed

He said if his administration remained adamant and restricted waivers to a bare minimum, the public would perceive the move as insensitive and discriminative.

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Governor Lee Kinyanjui has called for the formulation of an institutional framework to ensure poor, elderly and vulnerable people have free medical cover.

He said he had received passionate pleas from patients and their families in public hospitals for waiver of medical bills owing to the difficult economic times.

However, the Governor said, eventual waivers would see non-payment of bills amounting to millions of shillings and would have negative effects on the entire healthcare system.

“Consequently, the Health facility will not be able to pay suppliers of medicine and other medical supplies as well as staff,” he stated in a Facebook post this evening.

He added that in the long run, patients would complain of no medicine and poor staffing while employees would be demotivated by salary delays and poor equipment.

On the contrary, he decried, if his administration remained adamant and restricted waivers to a bare minimum, the public would perceive the move as insensitive and discriminative.

“For the best interest of the sector, a fund must be created to run on the same basis as the bursary kitty, to help insure the poor citizens and pay for the desperate,” he suggested.

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