The Defence Forces Medical Insurance Scheme (DEFMIS) in collaboration with The Kenya Navy Hospital (TKNH) and other Healthcare providers conducted a medical camp at Lieutenant Colonel Kimaro Stadium at the Kenya Navy Base (KNB), Mtongwe, Mombasa.
The exercise targeted retired and retiring DEFMIS contributors and beneficiaries residing at the Coast region and beyond.
The annual event was aimed at extending medical services closer to the people, providing limited health interventions and providing a platform for medical practitioners to give back to the society.
This year’s theme was “promoting overall wellness for DEFMIS members through comprehensive Health promotion programs”. The beneficiaries were screened, diagonised and linked to specialised Healthcare facilities which aligns with the scheme’s objective of providing quality Healthcare through promotive and preventive care.
It also provided an opportunity for the members to be sensitized on diverse health issues particularly prevention and management of Non Communicable Diseases such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disorders, musculoskeletal disorders, Chronic Kidney Disease among others.
The guest of honor to the event, Brigadier Yahya Abdi who is the Commander KNB Mtongwe, expressed gratitude to the members for their dedicated contribution towards the scheme. He implored them to be good ambassadors by safeguarding and protecting its interest at all times.
He also noted the health challenges related to ageing and encouraged the members to maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to remain productive in the society.
“We are all aware that retirement from active service comes with ill health challenges that are particularly related to ageing and reduced activity. This has significant health and economic burden on the members. The trust is pleased to see members and their families easily access quality medical care from accredited health-care providers across the country, ” said Brig Abdi.
The Managing Director DEFMIS, Brigadier Moses Leriari, gave a conclusive member education on DEFMIS benefits. He urged each member to protect their 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 on selected regions particularly in the densely populated areas. In addition members get to enjoy equal benefits which are unique to this Scheme, ” Said Brig Leriari.
Director and Founder of the Karen Hospital, Dr Dan Gikonyo also affirmed the scheme’s role in ensuring the members access quality Healthcare despite being vulnerable due to old age.
” I am proud of this scheme. This is a scheme that must be emulated by all professional groups and bodies. It is a good example of what a society can do when they come together and it has shown us that it can be done through honesty and integrity,” Said Dr Gikonyo.
Institutions that collaborated with DEFMIS for the success of the event include; The Karen Hospital, The Agha Khan Mombasa, Omega Opticians, The Nairobi West Hospital, Chiromo Hospital Group, AAR Healthcare, Lion’s eye Hospital, Jocham Hospital, Diani Beach Hospital, The Nairobi Women’s Hospital, Baus Optical, Equity Afia and the Premier Hospital.
DEFMIS provides medical insurance to its principal contributors, their spouses and at least 4 children below the age of 21 years.