A Christian ministry based in Kwanza Sub County in Trans Nzoia has focused on enhancing preventive healthcare among residents across villages in the region in a bid to contain a high rate of infections.
Bishop Edward Khaoya who heads the Covenant of praise vineyard churches says his ministry has been holding annual free medical camps for locals for the past ten years to promote healthy living.
“We’ve been doing this in conjunction with partners from abroad where we carry out screening exercises on locals. Those infected get early management therapy,” Bishop Khaoya spoke at St Emmanuel Matisi primary school.
He said lack of focus on preventive healthcare among most of the poverty stricken residents accounts for most cases of deaths where patients only seek medical attention when they are overwhelmed.
“We are losing many people who are succumbing to infections that could have been managed. Burial events are in every village over the weekends because of lack of attention to preventive healthcare,” notes Bishop Khaoya.
This year’s medical camps were carried out in partnership with a team of medical volunteers from within Trans Nzoia and others from the Chicago national Hospital from the United States of America.
The exercise was held at Misanga, Namanjalala, Misemwa and Fork land villages where about 1000 locals were screened for Malaria, HIV/AIDS, Cancer and Hypertension among other infections.
“The screening exercise has established there are a high number of Malaria cases among children. Those with cases of cancer have been referred for specialized treatment,” said Mrs Gladys Gathoni, a nurse within Kwanza Sub County.
The headmaster of St. Emmanuel Matisi primary Mr. Emmanuel Sikuku said most of the pupils at the school have broken feet brought about by stepping in contaminated water ditches in the swampy area.
“The water in trenches in contaminated with chemicals locals use in Busaa and Chang’aa brewing .We also have sanitation challenge since putting up latrines in this swampy area is a challenge,” said Mr. Sikuku.