Kisumu County medical camp at Rabuor sub county hospital (Picture by David Wadulo)
By Jacklyne Apondi
Residents of Nyando Sub- County converged at Rabuor Sub- county hospital for a free medical camp organized by Kisumu county government in partnership with Kenya Regulatory Authority (IRA) and Kenya Society for the Blind.
The two-day free medical camp scheduled for 19th and 20th November 2020 respectively, was aimed at offering free eye screening and free medication for Nyando sub -county residents as well as residents from neighboring sub- counties.
Other services offered included antenatal care, dental care, cervical cancer screening, general OPD (outpatient department), laboratory services, HTS (counseling services), nutrition and general illnesses.
Kisumu County Director for public health, Mr. Fredrick Oluoch who paid a visit to the camp on behalf of Kisumu Governor Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o, noted that over 500 patients have received free medical services and medication on day one of outreach and that the number is expected to rise to not less than 2000 patients by the close of the day 2.
Mr. Oluoch encouraged residents to come in large numbers, citing that there is enough medicine for everyone. He also thanked the IRA (Kenya Regulatory Authority) and KSB (Kenya Society for the Blind) for their collaboration with the county government in ensuring that Kisumu residents get quality medical services as he pledged to consider such partnerships in future.
As he thanked the residents for their efforts in observing the Covid-19 rules, he also encouraged the residents to continue observing the Ministry of health Covid-19 rules to help curb the spread of the virus in the county, same sentiments echoed by Kisumu county health promotion officer Mr. Jerry Ongwara.
KSB head of eye program, Mr.Daniel Masese, on his part assured Nyando Sub- County residents quality health care services as he promised to ensure that everyone gets treated and obtains proper medication according to the type of their ailment.
Mr. Masese also pledged to consider any future partnership with the county government and IRA as he encouraged residents to continue observing the Covid -19 rules especially wearing of face masks and social distancing.
Madam Rosemary Kavili of KSB Corporate Communication, on her part congratulated the residents for attending in large numbers as she also stressed on the need for UHC which she said will be of much help to the residents. She also thanked the county government and KSB for their support in ensuring that the medical camp is a success.
Also, in attendance was Kisumu, County health promotion officer Mr. Jeremiah Ongwara, Sub -county medical laboratory coordinator Mr. George Magige, Sub- county medical officer, Mr. Paul Masanga, officers from IRA and KSB.