Non-communicable diseases still a challenge, says health partners

Non-communicable diseases are still a major challenge affecting Kenyans at the grassroots level despite the government trying so much to ensure universal and affordable healthcare.

This is according to Diane Hamrick from Kenya Partners who says the government still has a big role to play in ensuring the challenge is addressed.

Speaking on Tuesday at Wesley Mission Hospital in Lanet, Nakuru County during a free medical camp courtesy of the facility and the partners, she said due to the harsh economy majority of the locals still cannot afford the medical expenses and they end up suffering at the grassroots level.

“Economy here having a difficult time and the locals cannot access the medical services hence we came in to help address this by organizing this free medical camp” she said.

While admitting that they had encountered some severe cases during the free medical camp, Ms.Hamrick attributed this to the fact that many locals take long before visiting health facilities for checkups.Ms Hamrick called on the National Government to work closely with the county governments to ensure affordable healthcare to the locals in order to avert deaths from Non-communicable diseases.

“We have very serious cases and this shows that this free medical camp has played a key role to address the challenges the locals face. I therefore encourage the government of Kenya to work closely with counties in ensuring affordable health services” she said.

Sentiments echoed by Mr. David Njuguna from Bahati NGCDF office who commended the foreign partners for the good gesture.

According to Njuguna, the partners have played a key role of ensuring health services get to the local citizens.

“We want to thank the partners so much for the gesture. Our people have ailments that they only realize when they come top such medical camps” he said.

Some of the locals who went for checkups and treatment for various ailments commended the partners for ensuring their health is in good condition.

The partners will be extending the free medical camps to Dundori, Bahati Sub County this Friday with an aim of reaching more locals at the grassroots level.




PHOTO/Pristone Mambili:A doctor examines an old lady during Free medical camp at Wesley Mission Hospital in Lanet, Nakuru County

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