Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati joins First Lady Mama Carolyne Wangamati during the launch of free Health Care medical camp at Bumula Girls High School, Bumula Sub-County. PHOTO/OFL-BGM
BY MARTIN BABU
Bungoma County First Lady H.E Mama Carolyne Wangamati today kicked of the free Integrated Primary Health Care medical camp in Bumula Sub-County.
Medics from the County and partners were on site as early as 7am to provide screening services to the residents.
The screening targeted Prostate Cancer, Breast and Cervical Cancer), Fistula screening, Eye testing and treatment and HIV Testing.
Other services provided inclide Sickle Cell gene counselling, Diabetes, Chronic disease management, ANC profiling and Youth Friendly Services (Counselling, Family Planning, STI Counselling & life skills).
Speaking on Wednesday 21st August 2019 during the event, Professor Tenge from AMPATH and Moi University affirmed their support for the Medical camp project and promised to undertake comprehensive care for all cancer diagnostics from the camp.
She urged residents to take up NHIF cover noting how helpful it is in managing health care for families that are not as economically empowered.
“NHIF is a very important healthcare cover for every citizen especially for families that are not doing well economically,” she said.
Ms. Susan Omanga, a Board Member and Director, at UAP OLD MUTUAL thanked the Office of the First Lady for taking the initiative to put focus on health and assured the office of their support for any such initiative in future.
The First Lady thanked the CHVs in Bungoma County for commendable recruitment and urged members of the public to take advantage of this camp to have their health checked.
Medics from Lifecare Hospital attend to residents during the camp. Lifecare Hospital also partnered with the First Lady in the camp. PHOTO/W
Her Excellency also called her partners for their support and urged the county government to help in boosting blood drives to cover the pull out of the US government’s funding for the same.
Deputy Governor Prof. Ngome in his remarks, thanked the First Lady for initiating this program and urged residents to fully take part in the same every time it is rolled out.
H.E Wangamati who stopped by to offer support to the First Lady appreciated the efforts made by her office and officers in the health department in making sure health services are brought closer to the people.
The Governor promised to look into the blood harvest crisis and take measures to ensure the program is not affected due to lack of funds.
By the time of going to press, 541 patients had been registered with some already treated and given drugs.
There has been one breast cancer prognosis that will be followed up for comprehensive review and treatment plan.
This camp has been made possible thanks to the support of commendable partners; Lifecare Hospital Bungoma, UAP OLD MUTUAL, APMATH, AMREF, Save The Children, SETH, ICS, HALMARK, Life Care and the Bungoma Health NGO Network.
NHIF Desk will be open on the ground to register residents until the end of the camp.