Residents of Museve village in Kitui benefitted from free medical services organised by a team of Christian doctors over the Easter holiday. During the two day medical camp held on Saturday and Sunday, the team of doctors from Kings Business Entrepreneurs pitched tent at Museve market and attended to over 2,000 villagers. Majority of those who attended the camp were mothers and children suffering from various aliments.
Mission Director Dr Julius Mutiso of St Mary's Hospital said many children were diagnosed with acute water-borne diseases such as typhoid and bilharzia, and cases of malaria and pneumonia were also seen.
The medic said respiratory tract diseases, intestinal worms and diabetes were common in the area and appealed to the government to intervene. "While majority of children have been immunized against communicable diseases, cases of malaria and other complicated water-borne diseases are prevalent in the area," Dr Mutiso said.
He said KBE, which brings together born-again Christians in business, has been holding free clinics throughout the country to help poor people access medical care. "Medical care is a fundamental human right yet most Kenyans cannot afford it due to high levels of poverty, so we try as much as we can to give back to the society especially in rural areas," said Mutiso.
He said through personal contributions and support from faith-based organisations, the team was able to buy drugs and other medical necessities worth Sh160,000 for the camp. He said most of the patients were referred to other hospitals.
Dr Mutiso called on the government to support charitable organisations involved in delivering health services as the increasing high population needs support from all stakeholders for the country to achieve its goal of providing medical care to all.