MTRH TAKES UHC SERVICES TO METKEI WARD, ELGEYO MARAKWET COUNTY

Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) took the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) sensitization and free screening to AIC Chebusie, Elgeyo Marakwet County on Saturday 31st August, 2019, where a team of 27 medics saw over 500 patients.

The camp held in partnership with the Leadership of Elgeyo Marakwet County sensitized the populations on the Government of Kenya mandate to ensure all Kenyans access quality healthcare.

The Clinical Team from the Hospital took much time to sensitize the people on UHC-Oncology, Non-communicable Diseases, and importance of enrolling to NHIF. The team also gave information on Nutrition & Diatetics, Health Education, Oral health which is a worry to the community; BMI, HIV, Blood sugar, hypertension, and Ophthalmology services.

Elgeyo Marakwet Governor H.E. Alex Tolgos also led members of the County Leadership in joining MTRH to ensure the population is equipped with relevant information that will improve their living standards.

The Governor informed the community about Universal Health Coverage saying everyone should get access to promotive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative health services they need while ensuring that these services do not expose the user to financial hardship.

At the Dental Clinic, a total of 78 patients were attended to and out of the total number, 70 patients had teeth extraction and 4 patients were referred to MTRH. The clinic had the highest number of patients compared to other clinics due to unavailability of dental unit in Elgeyo Marakwet County. Other clinics that attracted high numbers of patients are Ophthalmology where 60 patients were seen and some referred to MTRH specialized care.

The staff from the Hospital established that a large portion of the population have language barrier that requires local leaders to play a pivotal role in taking home information on UHC.

The Governor and his team thanked the Hospital Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Wilson K. Aruasa, MBS for the commitment and sacrifices made by MTRH in ensuring that the medical camp was succesful. The Hospital also donated drugs to the local dispensary at Metkei.

On UHC front and Hospital Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities, MTRH intends to facilitate fifty one (51) Medical Camps in all the twenty two (22) Counties in Western region including one in a hard-to-reach County.