Residents of Musunzu and neighbouring villages in Mautuma ward Lugari Sub County benefited from a free medical outreach courtesy of Pamela Nekesa Anyona, the spouse to the area Member of County Assembly Charles Ogachi Anyona in collaboration with the department of health.
The outreach catered for a variety of health issues such as immunization of children under the age of 5 who had defaulted vaccination, antenatal clinic, nutrition, free medical consultation among other services.
Speaking during the event held at Musunzu PAG church, Mrs. Anyona said she took the outreach to the area to help residents who are forced to travel long distances to medical facilities.
“The residents here are forced to travel either to Mukuyu or Mlimani which are several kilometers away. The long distances make some of them give up and do not take their children to complete vaccinations and also themselves don’t go to hospital when they get ill, expectant mothers don’t attend clinics that’s why I saw it wise to bring here the medical camp,” said Mrs. Anyona.
She however urged Mautuma residents to visit health facilities and undergo screening to establish their health conditions so that serious illnesses can be detected early and be treated.
Mrs. Anyona who reiterated her commitment in supporting health programs said that ignoring diseases puts people in danger and raises the cost of medication.
“It is essential to undergo regular screening in order to identify illnesses at an early stage and ensure that we acquire proper medication earlier to avoid serious health implications,” she said.
Elizabeth Moraa, a nurse who led the team of health officials during the exercise stressed the need for parents to ensure their children are fully immunized to protect them from various diseases.
“We have realized there are a number of children who defaulted immunization. I want to tell our parents that a fully immunized child is less susceptible to diseases and therefore they should take immunization of their children seriously,” said Moraa.
She said it was crucial to prioritize regular health screening for a variety of health issues in order to avoid discovering diseases at an advanced stage that necessitates more serious medical attention to treat.
Her sentiments were echoed by Mr. Cedric Onyuni the officer in charge of nutrition at the Mautuma Sub County hospital who stressed the need for a balanced diet warning that malnutrition among children leads to a serious health issues among them regretting the high number of children with stunted growth in the area.