Military Wives Association of Kenya (MWAK) has handed over special medical rehabilitation equipment for children with special needs to the newly refurbished therapy section at Lanet Regional Hospital (LRH) in Nakuru.
Over 30 families within Lanet Barracks and around Nakuru region having children abled differently are set to benefit from this donation that will see most of the children gain independence through occupational therapy, stretching and physical therapy.
Speaking during the handover, MWAK Chair Mrs. Tabicha Kibochi said “the purpose of the association is to inform the KDF leadership on the needs of the soldiers’ families at all levels adding that the items donated will add value to the quality of life of the affected children and improve the well-being of the soldiers’ families by allowing them to serve in different capacities knowing that the children’s needs for physical therapy are taken care of.”
“MWAK has a mission of improving the welfare of KDF families, both the serving, retired and the deceased and has put a smile on the children’s faces by stepping in their lives to support them achieve their milestone. Today is a good day for our families because we have been able to partially equip the therapy room. We hope to procure all the basic equipment that is needed to improve the lives of our children with special needs,” said Mrs. Kibochi.
She later presided over the opening of the newly renovated physiotherapy room, which now has a small dark room and is equipped with the various special rehabilitation equipment MWAK handed over to the Hospital.
Chief Instructor (CI) Kenya Military Academy Brigadier John Nkoimo appreciated MWAK for their continuous efforts in supporting military families. He added that welfare for soldiers and families is a key pillar that enables soldiers to deliver efficiently and effectively at the workplace.
LRH Pediatrician Lieutenant Colonel (Dr) Juma Muttah said that children’s medical care remains an important aspect at the Medical Reception Services (MRS) adding that the special rehabilitation equipment will improve the holistic quality of life for every KDF family with children abled differently.
The beneficiaries expressed their gratitude to MWAK saying that the costly equipment could have been a toll order for them to afford adding that the equipped facility will greatly reduce the distance traveled previously to other health facilities for similar services and the cost of accessing such therapies.
The donated equipment includes Pediatric Standing Aids, Exercise Mats, Therapy Balls, Hammock, Static Bike, Star Shaper Exercise Bike, Velcro Board, Peg Board, Foam Roller, Dolphin Massager, Relax & Spine Tone Massager, Massager Thrive, Beurer Infrared Massager, Pediatric Walking Frame, Gait Belt, Air Pump, toys and floor mat.