NEGLECTED SURGICAL DISEASES ERADICATION OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED IN MERU COUNTY
On Thursday February 14th 2019, Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi joined Cabinet Secretary for health Dr. Sicily Kariuki in the launch of a program that will see elimination of Neglected Surgical Diseases (NSDs). This include cleft lip and palate, cataract, hernias, neglected trauma, club foot and fistula.
“Meru level 5 has been certified to offer post graduate training by COSECSA for surgical doctors so that once the donors are through with the project, they will ensure sustainability of the program,” he added. “We have equipped eight hospitals with theatres to facilitate the corrective surgery of people with neglected surgical conditions.”
The Governor said that the County health volunteers some whom have been trained from the Meru youth service will help in identification of the people affected by these diseases and once identified they will be treated for free.
Further the Governor added that the county will recruit more Meru Youth Service members where some will be used as community health volunteers to help in the eradication of Neglected Surgical Diseases.
On her part, the Cabinet Secretary- Health , Sicily Kariuki noted that people with neglected surgical conditions live with stigma and are largely left out of nation building. “There has been lack of public awareness and inadequate funding for corrective surgery.But as a government, we are now committed to ending these conditions for equity and development,” said the CS, adding that the government plans to reach more than 7,000 Kenyans with cleft lip and palate through the initiative supported by Henry Family Advised Fund, The Global Alliance for Surgical, Obstetric, Trauma, and Anaesthesia Care (G4 Alliance), College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (Cosecsa), Mount Kenya University and the Smile Train.