Over 1,000 people have benefited from week long free medical camp in Mombasa.
The camp organised by a private health facility, Ganjoni Hospital Mombasa benefited locals from Kwale, Kilifi and Mombasa.
The hospital’s Administrator Mr Steve Mbaya said the initiative was meant to encourage locals to seek medical attention after many feared the Coronavirus pandemic.
According to Mbaya, many dwellers opted to stay at home fearing that by visiting health facilities they may contract the deadly virus.
Addressing journalists at the hospital located in Ganjoni, Mombasa, Mr. Mbaya said during the free medical camp, locals as far as from Malindi, Kilifi county benefited from free body check-up, maternal health services, nutritional awareness, high blood pressure and diabetes examination among many other health services.
“Locals should take the first step and seek medical check-up whether one is sick or not, this helps locals maintain their body health,” revealed the hospital’s Administrator.
[The Ganjoni hospital Mombasa. Photo/Bakari Ali].
He said HIV/ AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STI’s) and other counselling services were also offered to locals, services that the hospital has been offering since its inception in 2018.
“We are also focusing on maternal health so that women get healthy babies through our both pre and post-natal health cares,” he disclosed.
Mbaya also urged men to fully support their wives and accompany them to hospitals since they are the first caregivers whenever complications rise.
Retrogressive cultural practices
He said the old culture of leaving pregnant women to seek medical and family planning services on their own should be thwarted.
[Ganjoni Hospital Mombasa doctor attending to a patient during the free week long medical camp. Photo/Bakari Ali].
He further appealed to Coastal people to embrace proper eating habits as many including young people are suffering from high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.
“Apart from treating our patients and discharging them, we are keenly monitoring their health progress and provide health and wellness care at grassroots level,” he revealed.
Some of the beneficiaries among them Saida Mohammed commended the hospital for such noble course.
She said the hospital thrives to bridge the gap between locals and the facility with all matters revolving around health issues properly tackled.
“I have been attending all my pre and post-natal clinics at Ganjoni Hospital Mombasa and I have never at any point been disappointed,” said Ms Mohammed as she happily holds her 6 months baby boy in her arms.