KITUI, September 14, 2017
At least 13,160 Kitui residents living in far flung areas of Kitui County have received free medical care following the launch of Mobile Medical Outreach Services by Governor Charity Ngilu a few days after her swearing in ceremony.
The outreach Programme jointly sponsored by the County Government of Kitui and JHPIEGO, an acclaimed international organisation affiliated to the John Hopkins university in the US through its APHIA PLUS KAMILI project.
According to the County Director of Health, Dr. Evans Mumo, the outreach programme offers free health care services among them treatment of various illnesses, immunization, family planning, ante natal care, screening, laboratory services, services to persons with disabilities, nutrition services, de-worming, cervical and prostate cancer screening.
Dr Mumo further revealed that sixty nurses have also revived medical services in far flung wards where medical services had completely collapsed owing to the protracted nurses’ strike.
According to Dr. Mumo, the strike had precipitated a health crisis in the county as infants miss immunization, pregnant women miss antenatal care while other residents continue to suffer from treatable ailments and lack of timely management of non-communicable diseases like diabetes and hypertension.
He said so far, the medical outreach services have reached 10 wards where more than 45centres have been visited.
“The activities have been taking place daily in Mwingi North, Mwingi Central, Mwingi West, Kitui East and Kitui South using three mobile vans from the County Government of Kitui and two mobile vans from APHIA PLUS KAMILI spread in two wards per Sub County”, Dr. Mumo said.
The 60 nurses who are on locum take home a good sum of Kes 1500 daily with JHPIEGO and the Centre for Health solutions (CHS), an indigenous health organization footing the costs