Safaricom Foundation heals thousands of residentsFrom MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – THOUSANDS of residents in Kenya have benefited from a medical camp sponsored by the Safaricom Foundation in partnership with the Kenya Diabetes Management and Information Centre.
The camp has been held at Kitima Secondary School in Mbooni Constituency.
This is the second medical camp in the recently launched sixth phase which has reached approximately 3 000 members of this community.
Safaricom Area Manager, James Nguthu, noted that the medical camps conducted across the country contribute immensely to sustaining a healthy economy.
“We all know sick people cannot sustain an economy and it is therefore crucial that we nurture our health for the prosperity of our nation,” she said.
Kenya Diabetes Management and Information Centre Executive Director, Eva Muchemi, noted Makueni like many other counties across the country was still struggling with nutrition, child and maternal health, HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.
“We are offering services such as diabetes screening and management, eye and dental check -up, family planning among others. In case of extreme medical conditions, the patient will receive specialized care and frequent follow ups,” she said.
The area was selected due to its being economically underprivileged. The people of Mbooni have also not benefited from a free medical camp before.
Despite having access to the level four hospital in the area, many patients still end up unattended sue to the minimal services offered for eye management and diabetic clinic, conditions that affect many people in Mbooni.
This initiative has seen many lives improved with the availability of free medical care for those who lack access.
In Phase Five, over 25 000 Kenyans were attended to during the camps held in various parts of the country.
Safaricom Foundation has donated approximately Sh36 million for the entire sixth phase that will have 12 medical camps and three children’s camps.
Since 2003, Safaricom Foundation has funded over 70 medical camps where more than 100 000 Kenyans have been reached.
The foundation has disbursed Kshs 2 billion in different initiatives that provide sustainable community based solutions, contributing towards Kenya’s development agenda, and the Millennium Development Goals.
– CAJ News
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