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2000 Turn up For Medical Screening at Kapkoi Health Center

More than 2000 people turned up at Kapkoi Health Centre in Kamariny Ward for free medical screening.

The medical camp organised by the County Government saw residents troop at the health centre as early as 7am in an exercise that lasted until late in the evening.

Staff from the health department had a long day as they attended clients without having a break.

David Kipkiyai a local resident, was among those who benefited from the exercise when he was diagnosed of a high blood pressure following a persistent headache that he had always wished away and relied on drugs from the counter for relief.

“I have been relying on drugs from the counter to relieve pain. I have not reported this headache to a doctor. Today I was told I have a high blood pressure. The doctors have given me drugs. The county has done well to come and check on us,” he said.

Governor Wisley Rotich said his administration had resorted to preventive health care in order to arrest diseases at an early stage.

He said: “This is the first medical camp and I am happy our people have turned up in large numbers. We will replicate this in the remaining 19 Wards. My focus is on disease prevention. We can save the cost of treating our people and their lives too when the diseases are detected early enough.”

He commended the Community Health Volunteers (CHV’s) whom he termed as his health foot soldiers for mobilising people from the community to attend the free medical screening exercise.

He thanked Bishop Dominic Kimengich of Catholic Diocese of Eldoret for supporting the county ‘s health department through their faith based health centres. He announced that the County would send more personnel to faith based run health facilities.”I will ensure that this relationship between the Church and my administration is strengthened further,” he added.

Among the cases screened included hypertension,diabetes, cervical and prostate cancer and TB. Others were ear norse and throat ailments, orthopaedic cases,eye screening, HIV testing and counseling and blood donation.

Bishop Kimengich commended the Governor terming him as being practical and people oriented.

The Governor thanked the National Syndemic Diseases Control Council formerly National Aids Control Council (formerly NACC), AMPHATH and other partners for partnering with the County.

Present were Senator William Kisang, Keiyo South MP Gideon Kimaiyo, MCAs Benjamin Cheptiony and Victoria Lai among others.

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