Safaricom Foundation in partnership with the Kenya Diabetes Management and Information Centre today held a medical camp at Huruma Grounds in Eldoret as part of the foundations efforts to ease access to quality medical care in in the country.
The medical camp saw over 2500 people benefit from free consultations, diagnosis, surgeries and treatment. It benefited patients suffering from diabetes, prostate cancer cataracts and other ailments in Eldoret and the vast Uasin Gishu County.
“The Safaricom Foundation has invested 2.5 million in this medical camp so as to give the residents of Eldoret free access to quality medical care. This is part of our 10 day Twaweza Live Campaign that will culminate with a concert at the Eldoret Sports Club,” Said Victor Ngumo, Safaricom Head of Rift region
The medical camp is in line with the Safaricom Foundation’s new strategy that will focus on Health Education and Economic Empowerment.
The Camp is part of the Twaweza Live Campaing, a 7-month long campaign that will see Safaricom engage with communities across Kenya through free medical camps, campus take overs, great device offers, talent search activities, youth mentorship programs and music concerts.
The Safaricom Foundation has over the years held medical camps all over the country with the aim of positively impacting on the lives of locals in communities that have few or no medical facilities or face the challenge of access to healthcare.
Government statistics show that Kenya makes an annual loss of over Kshs.5billion on time spent by workers seeking better health care and treatment to mild diseases. On average, over 40 percent of Kenyans are hindered by cost and another 18 percent by distance in access to health care.
Since inception in 2003, Safaricom Foundation has funded over 200 medical camps reaching over 300,000 Kenyans across the country.