First Lady H.E. Stellah Samboja has appealed to parents to release their children with disabilities so that they can receive free treatment at the ongoing orthopaedic medical camp at the Mwatate Sub County Hospital.
Addressing the residents during the second phase of her 3 day outreach program at Mwatate Sub County Hospital, she further stated that those children should not be discriminated against as they too, are agents of development.
She said that the remedy towards dealing with cases of bone deformities is through treatment.
“ Regular visits to treatment facilities will enable proper recovery, “ Daniel Kimeu, the Mobile Clinic Coordinator, AIC CURE International Hospital, stated while echoing the First Lady’s statement.
“ I further urge you to shun the myth that people with disabilities are victims of witchcraft, “ the First Lady advised.
Meanwhile, CECM in charge of Health Services John Mwakima appreciated that orthopaedic services have been brought closer to the people of Taita Taveta through this ambitious project while stating that, “ top on H.E. Governor Granton Samboja’s agenda is to ensure affordable healthcare, in line with the pillars of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four Agenda. “
National Council of Persons with Disabilities NCPD, Fatuma Kadzo stated,” The First Lady has remembered the forgotten and downtrodden. “
Ms Kadzo also advised on seeking preventive services like getting awareness as an avenue one can seek to avoid disability incidences.
“ Early identification is another mode that can enable intervention measures be carried out. For rehabilitative techniques, individuals can get tested and have access to assistive devices, “ the NCPD representative advised.
In attendance during the medical camp was Director Health Services Elvis Mwandawiro and the hospital’s superintendent Dr. Aisha Said among other senior county health officials.