The long awaited ultramodern Defence Forces Wellness Centre (DFWC) that will serve to restore the Physical, Occupational and Mental Health of the KDF service members, civilians and their dependants is finally fully operational, Lt Col Felister Mutisya told Majeshi Yetu Magazine 2021.
Majeshi Yetu Magazine is a publication released by KDF through their Public Affairs Office currently headed by Colonel Zipporah Kioko who is also KDF Spokesperson.
It is located at 7 Kenya Rifles in Langata Barracks, Nairobi County, and the wellness centre is the Ministry of Defence’s largest Psycho-social health facility, created to respond to the needs of the KDF fraternity.
Langata Barracks is home to Maroon Commandos, and definitely there must be constant flow of good music for recuperating solders in the facility.
With a state-of-the-art bed capacity of 80, the Defense Forces Wellness Centre comprises of six major departments; Mental Health department, Orthopedic, Visual and Auditory department, Physiotherapy department, and Occupational therapy departments.
With In-patient and Outpatient services, these departments are well equipped with world class top-notch medical equipment, each serving a unique purpose in therapy and restoration of function.
Lt Col Felister adds that KDF members and dependants in need of Physical and Mental health services, would be admitted at Defense Forces Memorial Hospital (DFMH) and the KDF regional hospitals in Nairobi, Lanet, Eldoret, Nanyuki, Mtongwe and Garissa while undergoing treatment and rehabilitation following physical injuries (combat casualties and Road Traffic Accidents victims) and psycho-trauma.
The specialized facility will adequately address the ever increasing need for these healthcare services.
According to Lt Col Obadiah Yator, a clinical psychologist and the Commanding Officer of the Defence Wellness Centre, Combat stress is a condition that affects not only military personnel but also civilians.
Soldiers with mental health trauma symptoms can present themselves for family support through their units or Base Welfare centres or referral for treatment/therapy at DFWC.
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