Hundreds of Makueni residents have benefited from a free Neurosurgical medical camp organised by the county government in partnership with the Brain Tumour Association of Kenya (BTAK) and the University of Nairobi (UON).
The three days free medical camp aims at treating and creating awareness to patients suffering from tumours on their heads kicked off Thursday at the Makueni Referral Hospital, Mother and child wing in Wote.
The camp has also brought together a team of specialised surgeons from BTAK and Makueni doctors including 50 medical students from UON who will learn how to conduct complex surgeries.
“So far everything has gone on well, and today we intend to operate four patients, already the surgeries have started and two patients are at the theatre,” said Dr. Christopher Musau a consultant neurosurgeon and the Patron of BTAK while addressing the media at the Makueni Referral Hospital, Mother and child wing in Wote on Friday.
“On the first day, we were able to attend to 100 patients and identified six persons who needed the neurosurgical services,” added Musau. The screening which is currently underway at the hospital will end Saturday.
The patients were identified by a team of medical practitioners who offered free medical screening that took place at the sub county hospitals as of 29th Monday this week.
Makueni Governor Mutula Kilonzo lauded the team for availing the rare medical services to the residents from the Makueni and neighboring counties.
“We have also agreed that if they find it necessary to cascade the treatment to Nairobi, where the affected patients will access the medical service free,” said Mutula.
Mutula added that his administration is committed to offer a parcel of land to establish a neurosurgical center in Wote in an effort to provide medical services to the region besides training students.
He added that plans are underway to enhance the neurosurgical camp to a regular program.
By Ronald Rono