Safaricom Foundation in partnership with the Kenya Diabetes Management and Information Centre has held eight medical camps across the country sensitizing and creating awareness about diabetes.
The medical camps benefited thousands of people suffering from diabetes and other ailments in; Nairobi, Mombasa, Nyeri, Kitui, Kakamega, Garissa, Nakuru and Kisumu counties.
(TOP: Martha Wanjiru read the opticians chart through the optical trial frame at the eye clinic during the Safaricom Foundation Medical camp held at the Murema Primary School in Mwiki. At hand to assist is Maina, an optician).
“It is in the spirit of pulling together and making great things happen, that we decided to partner the Kenya Diabetes Management and Information Centre to offer treatment and equip patients with sufficient and relevant information for them to make proper health decisions,” Joseph Ogutu, Chairman, Safaricom Foundation.
Kenya Diabetes Management and Information Centre Executive Director, Eva Muchemi expressed hope that the free medical camps were highly beneficial to the people who have less access to medical treatment. The camps also involved interaction sessions with local health workers for sharing skills and exchanging experiences.
“Many people across the country are still struggling with nutrition, child and maternal health, HIV, TB and Malaria. It is therefore important to stress that the camps are not restricted to diabetes, we have in the past and continue to take up other cases unrelated to diabetes,” said Muchemi.
Government statistics show that Kenya makes an annual loss of over Kshs 5 billion on time spent by workers seeking better health care and treatment to mild diseases. On average, over 40 percent of Kenyans are hindered by cost and another 18 percent by distance in access to health care.
Since inception in 2003, Safaricom Foundation has funded over 200 medical camps where thousands of Kenyans have benefited.