Defence Forces Medical Insurance Scheme (DEFMIS), held a medical outreach for its members at the Laikipia Air Base, Nanyuki. The exercise targeted retired KDF personnel and their families residing in the Mt. Kenya region and beyond, plus active service personnel.
The Chief Guest, Laikipia Air Base Commander Brigadier Mahmoud Farah expressed his appreciation to the members for their dedicated service to the nation in their active years and afterwards. He urged them to continue being good ambassadors by safeguarding and protecting the interest of the insurance scheme at all times. He further encouraged the members to maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to remain productive in the society as majority of the ailments are as a result of ageing and reduced activity.
“I wish to encourage you to maintain healthy lifestyles in order to remain productive in society and continue building our great nation, Kenya. Nevertheless, if and when challenges arise, maintain a positive attitude of the fighters that you are and strive to conquer them”, he said.
Speaking during the event, Brigadier Moses Leriari, the Managing Director (DEFMIS) gave a conclusive member education on the medical insurance schemes’ benefits and urging the members to protect their medical cover which is unique and resonates with the scheme’s motto; “Your Healthcare Partner in Retirement.”
“This is a very important event in the DEFMIS calendar of events that provides a forum for us to meet and exchange ideas. Every year the Scheme conducts Medical Camps in the selected regions particularly in the densely populated areas where most of our members reside”, he said.
Retired Major General Peter Waweru, a pioneer founder of the scheme, while speaking at the event encouraged serving members to join the scheme, elaborating on the many benefits accrued from scheme. He further conveyed his sincere gratitude to Kenya Defence Forces for taking care of its personnel after service.
The Director and Founder of the Karen Hospital, Dr Dan Gikonyo, in his speech applauded the Defence Forces Medical Insurance Scheme for its unique ability to cater for it’s members healthcare needs after retirement. He reiterated on the need for undergoing regular medical check-ups, change in dietary to traditional foods, regular physical exercises such as walking and abstinence from drug and substance abuse.
Defence Forces Medical Insurance Scheme is a post-retirement medical insurance scheme for the retired members of the Kenya Defence Forces and their families through contracted medical providers who offer inpatient and outpatient services.
The event was geared towards extending medical services closer to the people, providing limited health interventions and providing a platform for medical practitioners to give back to the society. The beneficiaries were screened, diagnosed and linked to specialized healthcare facilities which aligns with the scheme’s objective of providing quality health care through promotive and preventive care.
The event was a joint collaboration between medical provider institutions such as, The Karen Hospital, Agha Khan Hospital, Omega Opticals, Nairobi Women’s Hospital, Lions First Eye Hospital, Outspan Hospital, Nanyuki Cottage Hospital, St Theresa Mission Hospital Kiirua, AAR Healthcare, Equity Afia and Nanyuki Hospital among others. The outreach also received financial support from Equity Bank, Cooperative Bank and Kenya Commercial Bank.
Also in attendance during the exercise was Deputy Laikipia Air Base Commander, Colonel Hillary Kipkirui, Deputy Managing Director DEFMIS, Colonel Eunice Mandila, Senior Officers, Officers, Service Members and DEFMIS beneficiaries.