KMTC Students Offer Free Medical Treatment To Residents Of West Pokot During The First Lady’s Medical SafarI
Residents of West Pokot received free medical treatment offered by KMTC students during the Beyond Zero Medical Safari, an Initiative of the First Lady H.E Margaret Kenyatta.
The four-day event, which ran from 7th – 10th May 2019, saw KMTC students from Kitale and Kapenguria Campuses play a key supportive role in offering free medical services including fistula surgeries to the residents. The First Lady officially launched the event on Thursday May 9th, 2019 at Makutano Stadium in Kapenguria, West Pokot County.
Speaking during the launch, the First Lady said that “I believe that everyone must reach their full potential, have an opportunity to pursue their dreams and contribute to the development of their community. This is possible with good education and access to quality healthcare.”
During the event, the First Lady also launched three crucial policy documents – the National Female Genital Fistula Strategic Framework, the National Training Curriculum for Health Care Workers and the National Training Curriculum for Community Health Volunteers – that are aimed at consolidating national efforts in addressing the problem of obstetric fistula.
The County residents turned out in large numbers to access free medical services such as fistula repair, cancer screening, routine medical screening, counselling and testing services, universal health care household registration, sickle cell screening for children under the age of six, eye examination, among others.
The Medical Safari first launched by the First lady in 2018, is part of the Beyond Zero Initiative that involves various medical specialists providing screening, treatment and referral services in different counties across the country. The wider objective of the Medical Safaris is to contribute towards the achievement of Universal Healthcare Coverage, one of the government’s “Big 4 Agenda”.
KMTC Board Vice Chair Eng. David Muthoga, CEO Prof. Michael Kiptoo, Board Director Mr. Mithamo Muchiri, Principals Ezekiel Kandagor (Kapenguria), Benson Kondo (Kitale), staff and students from KMTC Kapenguria and Kitale were in attendance during the official launch.
The event was also attended by West Pokot County Governor Hon. John Lonyang’apuo and County First Lady Dr. Mary Lonyang’apuo, various other County First Ladies, representatives from the Ministry of Health, Members of Parliament, County Health Officials and West Pokot Members of County Assembly among others.