Trans Nzoia: Tea farmers get free medical screening

Trans Nzoia county Health CEC Clare Wanyama (left) shares a word with Kenya Tea Development Authority’s health services coordinator Ms Emmy Kulola on the sidelines of a medical camp at Kapsara Sub County hospital. Photo/Courtesy

The Kenya Tea Development Authority (KTDA) foundation has partnered with the Kapsara Tea factory to sponsor a three day medical camp that has seen residents within the catchment zone receive free health screening services.

The exercise which has benefited the farming community has also seen several volunteers trained on community health response mechanism that will see them aid healthcare providers in responding to cases of emergencies.

“The medical camp is part of our strategy to ensure that communities in tea growing zones remain healthy which is key to their productivity,” said KTDA’s health services coordinator Ms Emmy Kulola.

The screening conducted at Kapsara Sub County Hospital emphasized on Diabetes, blood pressure and Arthritis. Health data indicates more than 1000 residents of Cherang’any constituency are diabetic.

“Early detection of lifestyle or terminal diseases is very key in ensuring that they are handled in time. Positive cases will be placed on a management system,” said the Trans Nzoia county health CEC Claire Wanyama.

Farmers who turned up said the medical camp will be key in ensuring they are able to manage their health conditions in time with growing concerns over the need to have healthy bodies to contain the Covid 19 disease.

“I am diabetic and I know the importance of such clinics since I need advises on how to manage my condition in addition to getting drugs on time. Most people have these conditions but they are not aware,” said Mr. Jefta Juma.

The Chairman of the Kapsara Tea Factory John Waweru said the initiative is welcome since most of the farmers have been faced with a medical challenge that negatively effects their productivity and returns.

KTDA board member Stephen Ngatia said the countrywide exercise has so far supported over 38 medical camps with 40,000 receiving treatment and referral services and over 1 million reached with nutrition messages for the last three years.