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Needy patient receives a motorized wheelchair

A needy 18-year-old patient who fell from a tree, seriously injuring his spinal cord, has been gifted a motorized wheel chair by the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH).

MTRH Chief Executive Officer Dr. Wilson K. Aruasa handed over the wheel chair to Harun Papa Ekirapa who was rushed to the hospital in July after the accident for specialized medical attention.

Dr. Aruasa also announced that MTRH footed the medical bill for the patient amounting to Sh. 500,000.

The hospital decided to take up the medical treatment intervention under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program following an assessment report by the MTRH Medical Social Development Department, said the CEO during the handing over ceremony at the facility.

“The motorized wheelchair will assist Harun to move around easily on his own as well as engage in viable activities that can help him earn a living,” said Dr. Aruasa.

He made an appeal to the Kocholia community in Teso North to assist Harun join a Vocational Training Course to enable him acquire skills that will allow him to earn a living in future.

Dr. Aruasa also underscored the need for families to enroll into the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) medical scheme to assist them in times of medical need.

“They can enroll in NHIF on their own or be supported under the Government of Kenya’s Universal Health Coverage (UHC) program,” he added.

In April this year the hospital also paid Sh. 550,000 through CSR as medical expenses incurred by a Bungoma woman whose massive tumor was successfully removed by a team of medical specialists at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in a four-hour surgical operation.

Beatrice Nanjala Makokha, 68, had lived with the huge cystic that had covered part of her face from the right side including the eye, frontal bone, ethmoid and frontal sinus.

By Kiptanui Cherono

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