Teachers in Elgeiyo Marakwet get free medical check-ups courtesy of Minet 

Teachers getting free medical check-up at Iten Elgeyo Marakwet County recently. 
Teachers in Elgeyo Marakwet County have benefitted from a free medical camp organized by their medical insurance broker Minet-Kenya.

The camp held at St Patrick’s Iten Boys High School brought on board a host of local private hospitals, which include Top Hill, Reale, Bliss, and Palmcare Sinai, amongst others.

The teachers were screened for blood pressure, sugars, weight and other random medical checks and consultation, including optical and dental services.

They were also taken through verification of their personal and dependents’ records.

Addressing the press at the camp, the agency’s North Rift Regional Manager Ronny Kipruto said the activity was a sensitization exercise for teachers.

“We have previously done similar activity in five other counties in Kenya. We have seen about 250 teachers. I am sure if the weather around this place was friendly today, the numbers would have been high,” said Kipruto.

A teacher being attended to during the Iten medical camp.

“Our objective today was to inform our teachers that these services are closer to them and to also introduce them to the hospitals around this place,” he added.

A Teachers Service Commission (TSC) officer Michael Nyambinya appreciated Minet and its partners for organizing the event, saying early detection of ailments and treatment would reduce sick offs.

“This activity has come at a time when teachers are out of school and there are so many opportunistic diseases nowadays,” he said.

Some of the teachers however challenged the insurer to ensure the facilities have sufficient drug supplies in their pharmacies.

“Sometimes you get attended to in some of these hospitals and once you are at the pharmacy you are asked to purchase drugs elsewhere because what you have been prescribed is out of stock,” said Janet Wangila, a teacher at Kipsoen Secondary School.


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