The Defence Forces Medical Insurance Scheme (DEFMIS) has today held a Medical Camp at Kasirika Grounds 3rd Battalion the Kenya Rifles in Lanet, Nakuru County.
The Medical Camp targeted DEFMIS beneficiaries and contributors (serving members) who are due to retire by the end of this year in Nakuru and Gilgil regions.
The aim being raising awareness on diverse health concerns, the beneficiaries received medical screening, treatment and were at the same time linked to their respective accredited healthcare providers. The event was as well a platform for health talks on mental health, disease prevention as well as screening and management of Non Communicable Diseases like diabetes, hypertension and various types of cancer.
The guest speaker Commandant Kenya Military Academy (KMA) Major General Fatma Ahmed who also served as DEFMIS Managing Director between 2015 and 2018 noted that retirement comes with health challenges attributable to aging and reduced activity whereas chronic illnesses have significant health and economic burden to the retired Service Personnel.
“I am pleased to see that veterans and their families can easily access quality medical care in accredited public, mission, private and overseas facilities after retirement to ease the health and economic burden that comes along with retirement,” she added.
Deputy Managing Director DEFMIS, Colonel Caroline Githinji affirmed that DEFMIS strives to be an excellent Medical Insurance Scheme for retired members of the Defence Forces and their dependents that ensures members get quality healthcare.
Military Wives Association of Kenya (MWAK) Secretary Effie Kinuthia enlightened the congregants on MWAK’s Health and Veteran Affairs Pillars and led a talk about age-related health issues including management of menopause and andropause.
Institutions that partnered with DEFMIS for the successful event were Cooperative Bank, Equity Afia, Africa Air Rescue, Karen Hospital, Nairobi Women Hospital, Nakuru War Memorial Hospital and Path Care.
The Medical Camp brought together over 400 beneficiaries constituting retired and retiring Senior Officers, Officers, Service Members and their families.