The ongoing East Africa Armed Forces medical campaign continued today with a delegation from the South Sudan People’s Defence Forces (SSPDF) conducting a free medical camp in Matuu Level 4 Hospital, as the exercise entered it’s third day.
The head of SSPDF delegation, Col Zachariah Deng said that they were able to offer varied services including; general consultancy, ENT, general surgery and paediatric clinics with the help of the hospital’s medical staff. “Since the free medical camp started, we have attended to more than a thousand patients and performed 30 successful surgeries”, added Col Deng.
Judith Mumo a beneficiary of the free medical services was overwhelmed with joy after a successful procedure which she had been unable to afford. Judith was diagnosed with hernia two years ago.
Assistant Chief of the Defence Forces in charge of Operations, Doctrine & Training Major General Peter Muteti who visited the facility thanked Matuu residents for their patience as they had showed up in large numbers.
“Health is among the essential services one could offer and universal health care is part of the national big four agenda. As part of the EAC we are glad that we could offer this service and we are hoping to attend to all of you for the remaining days”, added Maj Gen Muteti while addressing the patients.
Also present were Lt Col Gift Mwandago coordinator of CIMIC activity, Yatta MP Charles Kilonzo, Yatta MCA Billy Ndawa and Medical Superintendent Matuu Hospital Dr Benjamin Nzomo.
The ongoing exercise involves Armed Forces medics from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda conducting free Medical Camps at Muumandu Level 3 hospital, Matuu Level 4 hospital, Oltepes dispensary, Ewaso Kedong Level 3 hospital, Mathare North dispensary, Babadogo dispensary and Kahawa West dispensary.