About 6035 people benefitted from a first ever two days free KMPDU medical camp in Turkana south and east sub counties held on 31st May and 1st June 2019 at Lokichar sub county hospital and morulem dispensary respectively. A total of 1350 sanitary pads were donated, 47 patients were recommended for admission and 27 others benefited from minor surgeries. Clothes and books were donated to children’s home in Lodwar.
The camp was initiated and executed owing to the warm friendship and cordial working relationship between the by Governor Nanok and the KMPDU leadership. KMPDU was able to attract more than 60 medical specialists from all over the country including the Kenya Defense forces medics and civilian practitioners to attend. The doctors were supported by nurses, clinical officers, sign language interpreters and community health officers from Turkana County.
While speaking at the closing ceremony of the event, Governor Nanok commended the KMPDU chair Dr. Samwel Oroko and secretary general Dr. Ouma Oluga for ensuring the presence of more than 60 medical practitioners to offer specialized services to the residents of Turkana. The Governor also used the closing ceremony of the camp to credit the improvement of health services in pastoralist counties to devolution. Governor Nanok called for improved allocation of funds to the medical sector by the national government to accelerate realization of universal health coverage.
KMPDU chair Dr. Samwel Oroko called for change in perception of union movements in Kenya. The chair observed that many people associated KMPDU with strikes only yet the union was capable of holding CSR services like the two days medical camp. The chair was praised Governor Nanok and the entire management team of the County Ministry of Health for the selfless service and sacrifice that made the event a success. The secretary general Dr. Ouma Oluga divulged that the union had submitted their proposals to the Commission for Revenue Allocation (CRA) for improved funding of health sector.
During the opening ceremony, DG lotethiro said that KMPDU has clearly demonstrated their concern and understanding to the medical needs of the people of Turkana by holding the camp. The DG promised that the county will upscale school health initiatives by creating a budget line in both the ministry of education and the ministry of health for supply of sanitary pads in the county to all school going girls in Turkana. He also called on KMPDU to consider holding similar camps in the future so as to reach more far flung communities in Turkana.
County executive committee member for health Hon. Jane Ajele said that the county had made significant strides in provision of quality health care to the entire population of Turkana and beyond through innovations. Hon. Ajele cited the birthing stool and medical beads as key inventions that have transformed reproductive health and diagnosis of pneumonia in Turkana. The minister also added that the county was on course for the implementation of universal health care (UHC) by abolishing hospital charges in all level two and three facilities.
County chief officer for health and sanitation Dr. Abok praised Governor Nanok for initiating discussions that led to the realization of the camp. Dr. Abok said that the camp had adopted a holistic integrated approach that brings together all the medical specialists to conduct medical reviews on patients, offer diagnosis and treatment and, recommend referrals for further medical care where applicable. Dr. Abok appreciated all the partners who contributed to the success of the camp and hinted at continued engagement with safarilink airlines to airlift needy cases to facilities that could provide specialized care needed.
The event was attended by the MP for Turkana south Hon. James Lomenen, his counterpart for Turkana East Hon. Mohammed Lokiru Ali, CECMs Easther Lowei, Robert Lotelengo; chief officer Ariko Namoit and others