Over One thousand three hundred people in Machakos County over the weekend got free treatment and drugs for various ailments during a three day free medical camp sponsored by Nairobi governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko in honor of his father the late Gideon Mbuvi Kivanguli.
Hundreds of patients flocked Kathimani Primary School opposite the governor’s family farm in Mua hills Machakos county where they were attended to by medical doctors and specialists from the Sikh community, Nairobi Lyons and HAWI foundation.
Dr.Sidhe Roberts of HAWI Foundation reported cases of High blood pressure were very prevalent in the area.
“The patients suffering from this ailment were referred to Machakos level five hospital for specialized treatment” , the Doctor added.
Other patients had eye problems like a case where a patient was recommended for a cornea and retina transplant. The patient was scheduled and booked for surgery by the Lions Norway due to take place next week.
According to the doctor, the patient had NHIF cover which he said will to partially cater for the treatment while the rest will be catered for by governor Sonko.
Suspected cases of cancer of the cervix were detected and patients were counseled and referred for further testing including a papsmere.
Speaking at the medical camp, the governor’s spouse Prime Rose Sonko urged people to eat well, observe hygiene as ways to prevent diseases since prevention is better than cure.
Mrs Sonko advised them to regularly visit hospitals for early detection of diseases which makes it easy to treat.
She also encouraged Kenyans to take up the affordable NHIF insurance cover to ease their burden of medical bills when they fall sick.
By Joseph Kamolo