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Mobile clinic to help the fight against HIV, drugs

18 February 2014, 13:39 Harrison Mbungu

Mombasa - Mombasa County government has embarked on the fight against the spread of HIV/Aids as well as the drug and substance abuse menace in the county through a free mobile wellness clinic.

The county, through the global health fund in collaboration with the Ministry of health and the Kenya Red Cross, have launched the first ever mobile wellness clinic van in a bid to reach the most at risk people at the community level.

Speaking during the launch at White Sands Hotel in Mombasa Monday morning, the Kenya Red Cross secretary general Abbas Gullet said the move is aimed at serving the marginalized in the Health sector.

The van, worth KES 10 million and which will be operated by clinical officers from the county, will serve the entire Mombasa County by offering free health services to the people.

Gullet said the mobile clinic van will help in the distribution of injection syringes to the drug users as a way of reducing the rate of HIV transmission.

The move comes as the number of drug users increased gradually in the entire Mombasa county raising a lot of concern in the health sector.

“It’s a problem of the whole country and we can’t put it under the carpet. Majority have not been accessing health services therefore the services will be brought closer to them," said Gullet.

He said Red Cross is going to work in collaboration with the Mombasa county government to make the programme a success.

However, the Mombasa county health Excutive, Binti Omar said despite the financial constraints facing her docket, the county government was going to partner with other stakeholders in a bid to provide better health care.

“The county budget is pretty low compared to the health needs of the Mombasa people," said Omar.

Mombasa County health ministry was allocated KES 735 million in the 2013/14 financial year amount which she claimed was too little to sustain the health needs of Mombasa people.

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