'Invest in preventive healthcare'
19 June 2013, 14:11
The Government has been urged to address the issue of under-staffing, staff motivation and shortage of adequate equipments in the health sector so as to enable it achieve a healthier nation.
Unjiru Development Network (UDN) Chairman Cyrus Wanyeri Kanyi applauded the Jubilee Government for implementing free maternity services in all public hospitals in spite of the budgetary constraints.
Wanyeri however urged the government to invest more in preventive healthcare.
He was speaking to the media during a free medical camp at Kairia Primary School in Othaya constituency.
The medical camp saw more than 2 000 residents treated for free and according to Dr. Peter Ndirangu, many people in the region suffer from diabetes and hypertension.
“We have treated patients suffering from infectious diseases but due to clean water flowing from the taps, there were no diarrhea ailments,” said Dr. Ndirangu.
The UDN chairman said that they have been partnering with Kenya Pipeline Company, Aga Khan Hospital, Nyeri Provincial General Hospital, Othaya District Hospital and other institutions in the sectors of health, education and agriculture.
“In November 2009, we held a free eye camp. In July 2012, we held another free medical camp and today we are here to conduct a follow-up of last year’s medical camp,” Wanyeri said.
He further revealed that his organization is holding discussions with a veterinary company in Nyeri County to facilitate a Farmers’ Field day meeting in October this year in a bid to educate farmers on the best farming practices in poultry, dairy and pig farming.
“I am happy because this Unjiru group has been supporting us. I came here feeling so sick and I have been attended to. There are all types of medicines here and may God bless them,” said 67-year-old Mary Mathenge.
UDN is a non-political and non-profit development-oriented group registered under the Societies Act.
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