Flood victims in Lamu have something to smile about after the county government conducted free medical camps in the various villages worst affected by the raging floods.
On Monday, the County Government Health Department dispatched a team of doctors, nurses and community health workers to Chalaluma, Dide Waride, Moa, Kitumbini and other villages where they treated the residents of various ailments.
The team led by County Executive Member for Public Health, Sanitation and Environment Abdu Godana Dae also distributed mosquito nets, face masks and water treatments to the flood victims to help them avert diseases.
More than 200 families at Chalaluma Village alone benefited from the medical camp.
Among those who received the medical aid are pregnant women and children who are the worst affected by the situation as they cannot access medical facilities for pre-natal care and delivery.
The pregnant women were provided with clinical services while children received vaccination from the team.
Mr Dae said the county government’s focus during this period of floods is to rescue the lives of those affected through provision of the free medical camps.
A few days, the flood victims appealed to both the County and national governments to assist them with relief food and medication.
Mr Dae assured the flood victims that the county government in coordination with other relief agencies will continue to provide assistance until the floods subside.
“Since the floods commenced, it has become very difficult for villagers affected by the situation to access medical healthcare. Roads have become impassable due to the floods. That’s why we’re here to offer the medical care, having realized the desperate need for the services. These free medical camps we’ve introduced are meant to save lives and restore the health of the residents affected by the raging floods in the entire Lamu,” said Mr Dae.
Locals who talked to journalists at Chalaluma thanked the national and county governments and other well-wishers for helping them during the period of floods.
Mr Abdalla Ali said they had already received food aid and medication from the county, national government and area leaders.
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