British, Kenya soldiers in medical partnership
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – SOME 500 patients have received adequate medical attention following a partnership between the British Army Medical personnel and the Kenya Defence Medical Service.
The two organisations have rendered the annual Health Outreach Clinic exercise in Meru, Isiolo, Samburu and Laikipia Counties. The exercise was held in 11 locations within the four counties with over 4000 locals treated for various ailments.
The exercise, dubbed “EX-Askari Serpent” focuses on supporting the Kenyan Ministry of Health in delivering healthcare and education to some of the most remote areas of Kenya.
At the camps were over 150 personnel from 3 Medic Regiment, comprising a mix of different trades and ranks, and made up of both Regulars and Reserves.
Speaking at a camp in Solio Settlement Scheme in Laikipia County, Royal Army Medical Corps, Lt. Colonel Adrian Meredith, said the aim of the annual exercise is to provide medical services to residents who do not have access to permanent healthcare facilities.
“We managed to offer treatment to about 500 patients drawn from the vast Solio Settlement Scheme, with majority of them suffering from flu, diarrhoea, malaria, amoeba, chest infections, abdominal and back pains,” said Meredith.
The Health Outreach Clinics are delivered in 4 Counties, in locations where local communities have limited or no access to permanent medical facilities. On average the Army medical personnel conduct 4 clinics per location with each clinic lasting for 3 days. All the clinics are partnered with the Kenyan Defence Force Medical Services, and NGOs including PS Kenya, Local Community Healthcare Workers,
Local Community Healthcare Volunteers and the Kenya Red Cross.
Over the last four exercises (2 years) over 12 400 patients have been seen.
– CAJ News
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