At least 200 children living with disabilities in West Pokot County have benefited from free healthcare services from a team of doctors and medical specialists from Cure International.
The not-for-profit organization working in cooperation with the African Inland Church particularly offered much needed specialized medical assistance to those physically challenged aged 18 years and below.
‘‘Any child who is assessed by a doctor and referred for surgery is normally referred to AIC Cure International, Kijabe in Nairobi and with transport sponsored by the County Government,’’ Said Dr. Joseph Theuri, an Orthopaedic Surgeon and medical director at Cure Kenya,
His counterpart, Acadius Akongwi, noted that under the “Jacob’s Project” the organization is offering treatments for children including surgeries. He pointed out that the services are subsidized.
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” I want to really urge the parents to ensure they register with the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) so that it will help them reduce the cost of treatment.,” He said
Body complications such as spine treatment and surgery are charged expensively since it normally takes longer time for one to come out of theatre room unlike in other body operations,” Akongwi added.
Irene Chesang, a 14-year-old girl from Kapkoris in West Pokot had a right knee problem. After review by the team of doctors who visited the county, she was enlisted for a knee surgery to be conducted at AIC Kijabe Mission Hospital.
West Pokot County Chief Executive (CEC) Member for Health and Sanitation Christine Apokoreng acknowledged the good gesture from the NGO noting that the free medical clinics to those living with disabilities had been conducted at the right time.
It is at this point that she made a rallying call to parents to avail their physically challenged children for treatment.
AIC Cure International says it provides medical services to disabled children only and its operations funds are donations received from other partners such as Hope and Healing International, Africa Mission Healthcare, Africa conglomerate Janus Continental Group (JCG) and Safaricom through Wezesha Education and in collaboration with the respective County Governments.