Residents in Kisii County had reason to smile after they received free medical treatment to commemorate World Population Day at Nyanchwa area in Kisii county.
Some 300 people received free treatment from medics of the Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital, Oasis Health Center and Beyond Zero Mobile Clinic.
The event was organized by the Nyanza South Region Population office headed by Rose Wakuloba.
The residents were also sensitized on high blood pressure, diabetes, family planning and elimination of marital conflicts while National Aids Control Council also held an awareness campaign on HIV/Aids.
The Kisii County Director of Health Services, Richard Onkware noted that there was immense improvement on coverage of family planning to the Kenyan population from 10 to 50 percent currently.
“We have increased delivery centres for mothers, a big step in ensuring safe deliveries,” said Onkware.
A beneficiary of the services offered Barongo Ombogo was delighted about the programme as he was able to know his blood group.
A resident, Nemwel Makori was happy about the noble exercise because he got sensitized on his blood pressure.
Wakuloba, the population coordinator Nyanza South Region highlighted the reduction of infant mortality rate as one of the big achievements of the World Population Day since its inception.
She said that from November 12-14th this year, Nairobi would host the international conference on population and development to focus attention on urgency and importance of population issues affecting people.
By Clinton Nyamumbo/Jane Naitore