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Lamu residents get free medical services

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[A child undergoing acoustic medical check up during a medical camp organised by KPA in Hindi, Lamu county. Photo/Ahmed Omar].

Hundreds of Lamu residents have benefitted from a free medical camp organised by Kenya Ports Authority in partnership with Lamu County Public health as part of the Authority’s to give back to the society and provide easy access to quality medical care in the country.

The medical camp which was held in Hindi Ward at Hindi Primary school saw more than 800 patients from the County benefit from free consultants, diagnosis, free medicine and treatment.

Speaking during the exercise Kenya Ports Authority Chief Pharmacist Dr Njau Majimbo said the free medical exercise saw patients being screened and treated various diseases including cancer, eye checkups, on-communicable diseases, ear, nose and throat (ENT) infections and skin infection diseases and women also benefited from breast and cervical cancer screening.

According to Dr Majimbo most of the patients who were treated were ailing from non-communicable diseases among them high blood pressure and diabetes, cancer and respiratory infections and Tuberculosis (TB).

The Chief Pharmacist said the patients were also given nutritional advice since the ailments they suffer from are related to nutritional or diet.

Kenya Ports Authority Head of Corporate Communications Mr Bernard Osero, underscored the role the Authority plays in the counties of Coastal region in helping the less privileged in the society to get quality health care through their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

The community members lauded KPA for their noble gesture saying the medical camp has enabled them to get proper medical treatment without paying a single cent and urged the authority to be carrying out the exercise twice a year.

[Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) Head of Corporate Communications Mr Bernard Osero. Photo/Ahmed Omar].

The residents said they have a challenge of getting proper medical care due to lack of health facilities and lack of medicine in the only available medical facilities.

The medical camp stood to influence the lives of communities who have difficulties in accessing quality medical care,on average over 40 percent of Kenyans are hindered by the cost of seeking medical attention and another 18 percent encounter challenges of accessing the health facilities due to the distance.