The Chief of Medical Services at the Defence Headquarters (DHQ), Brig (Dr) Atanasias Odhiambo hosted a benchmarking team from the National Youth Service (NYS) at the Defence Headquarters in Hurlingham, Nairobi.
The meeting entailed the NYS management being taken through the creation and implementation process of the KDF medical policies, together with its actualization in the form of the different levels of KDF medical facilities, diving into their operation, services provided, capacities and distribution within the country in a bid to take notes so as to better aid in building upon their existing health policies.
Brig (Dr) Odhiambo especially emphasized on the importance of building a strong foundation in the form of a well thought out medical policy, stating it to be “crucial in the eventual actualization and implementation of a comprehensive health policy.”
He also highlighted that there is a continuous learning curve in the quest for providing exemplary and comprehensive medical services within all the disciplined forces, and further encouraged the NYS team to draw inspiration firstly from their mandate, and then build upon it by learning from the existing frameworks within the various medical institutions within the country.
The NYS benchmarking team thanked the Director of Medical Services leadership for facilitating the meeting noting it to be crucial in raising the bar in regards to formulating the requisite medical policies within the paramilitary institution.
The meeting comprised senior DMS leadership together with the NYS benchmarking team who included the NYS Deputy Director Jane Kiogora and the NYS health department head, Mike Njagu among others.