The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) troops participating in the ongoing Multi-Agency Field Training Exercise have renovated Kiunga Health Centre as part of the Civil Military Cooperation prerogative.
Kiunga Health Centre, a key medical facility in the Division, serves residents from; Mkokoni, Kiangwe, Mangai, Mararani, Kiunga and Ras Kiamboni in Somalia.
Upon completion of the project, Captain Moses Lardagos, the project officer said, “We started renovation works at Kiunga Health Centre following a request by area residents to spruce up the facility. We have completed the facelift after replacing delapilated roofs, gutters, repaired water tanks, replaced water taps and pipes, paint works, renovated toilets and, fitted doors and windows.”
In expression of his gratitude to KDF, Kiunga Clinical Officer Mr. Charles Bii noted that the dispensary had not undergone any renovations since its establishment forty years before. “We are grateful to KDF for the renovation of the health centre. This medical facility is one of its kind as it serves as a referral centre for residents in this region,” said the medic.
The Clinical Officer also noted that the renovation of the roofs and rain water harvesting system would now provide safe and clean water for use as the previous roofing material – asbestos, contaminated the water.
The Chairman of the Area Peace Committee Mzee Lali Kombo, while expressing his gratitude, said that the assistance by KDF strengthened cooperation between the residents and security agencies operating in the Boni enclave.
“We applaud KDF for being a friend indeed who has selflessly supported our livelihoods while continuously protecting us against Al Shabaab,” said Mr. Kombo.
This is one among many community projects that the Multi-Agency Field Training Exercise has undertaken to enhance the quality of livelihoods in the Boni enclave. The exercise has brought together Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies to the Counties of Tana River, Lamu and Garissa – within the Boni enclave, to exercise on how to effectively operate in a Multi-Agency framework.