As the countrywide doctors’ strike continue, some kind hearted nurses and doctors have defied their striking colleagues and opted to alleviate the patients’ suffering by preaching and treating.
Speaking at the county information office in Kiambu, Ms Janet Nzioki a nurse at the Kiambu Level 4 Hospital said it was wrong to subject patients to suffering when they could even treat them for free.
The nurse cited the weekend tour of a medical team comprising 20 medical personnel, who included nurses and clinical officers from Kiambu hospital, who delivered medicine and offered prayers at Nzukini village in Kitui county.
The leader called on patients not to shy away from seeking medical services from Kiambu level 4 hospital, saying they would be served. “Some of us are very idle because many people have resorted to seeking services from private institutions and yet we are there to serve them,” she said.
She said the medical team comprising of members of PCEA Kiambu in conjunction with Kiambu medical team and mission camp 13 treated 782 people in a single day and supplied them with drugs during the medical camp, which also gave them an opportunity to have the feel of poverty in the area.“We were given a bottle of 250ml of water for bathing but we appreciated, owing to the drought that has stalked the region.”
She added that the village had been ravaged with hunger, which resulted from the prolonged drought that had also hit many parts of the country.
Among the services they took to the villagers included ENT, HIV/AIDS counselling, dental and cancer screening.
Nzioki observed that she admired the love and concern expressed by the P.C.E.A church to upcoming branches, saying it helped the membership to multiply while they preached the gospel.
After the successful medical camp, some patients who accepted to follow Jesus were baptized, she said.
Nzioka who is a born again Christian said it was immoral to sit back and watch people suffer when “you can give a helping hand.”
We should not glorify money and other earthly riches as God has a purpose for the health jobs he has given us,” she said.
The nurse impressed on her colleagues to form more of such groups through which they could assist the vulnerable and less fortunate in far-fetched regions.
Another doctor from Komarock estate told KNA yesterday that he and his friends in the medical profession had been lending a hand at the Kenyatta referral hospital.
The doctor who preferred to remain anonymous said the lean staff at the hospital was working tirelessly to save lives and that they need the support of volunteers.
And on the same score, the governor of Kiambu County government in a radio programme yesterday confirmed that health services at the Kiambu level 4 services had not been disrupted.
While lauding the doctors for not neglecting the sick at the hospital, Mr. William Kabogo said they had exhibited high moral attributes which were exemplary.
A Spot-check by KNA confirmed the availability of health services at the hospital. At the Kihara and Karuri health centres, patients were also being served and no casualties had been reported.