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Massive response to medical aid event

24 February 2014, 10:36

Nairobi - More than 2,000 children between the ages of five and 18 years showed up at Mlolongo for free medical aid as the annual event received a positive response.

Among the thousands, seven of the children had been admitted at Matter Hospital after being diagnosed with heart complications which called for more specialized treatment.

Area leaders were grateful of the initiative which they said was beneficial to the people of Mlolongo, who could not afford costly health care.

“I want to thank them because most of our people in Mlolongo, Athi River cannot afford because heart diseases are very expensive to cure,” said Patrick Mutua, Mavoko MP.

Mutua called on the government to come up with ways of making health schemes better so as to make it easy for the people to have ease of access to health care.

Government had last week launched a national immunization policy to help standardize the implementation of immunization.

Cabinet also announced that a rotavirus vaccine would be introduced in July 2014 in order to prevent diarrhea, which he said was a major cause of child morbidity.

The government has however not given enough attention to the issue of the unaffordable cost of treating heart diseases among the poor.

– CAJ News

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