The spell of rain which had been missing for some time casting fears in the minds of the University of Eastern Africa Baraton and its environs marked the arrival of volunteer Medical and Sports teams from USA which on Wednesday March 22, 2017 to offer a week long free Medical and Sports Camp services for the university and local Community. Led by Dr. Erling Oksenholt and Dr. Janice, the 28 strong group of respective specialists embarked on free medical and other services to the people of Nandi County i.e. in the University Hospital, Mosoriot Sub-County Hospital, Kilibwoni and Kapsisiywa Health Centre’s. Five primary schools benefited immensely from a two day coaching clinic and sports competitions where they were exposed to skills towards their development of their sporting talents conducted by Prof. Radcliffe, a Professor of Sports at Oregon University and his team of coaches. At the end of it all, the participating primary school teams; BIS, Baraton, Chemundu, Kapkechui and Kapng’ing’ich were rewarded with certificates, trophies, sports shoes and balls.
In total over 4,000 medical, eye and dental patients were attended to. Hundreds of eyeglasses were distributed. In a parallel activity at Chemundu Secondary school, over 100 young primary school girls assembled to be ware on puberty challenges and were supplied with reusable sanitary pads.10 sewing machines were also donated to Community women after being exposed to a two month basic skills training by the Nutrition and Dietetics department of the University.
Closing the events on Tuesday night March 28, 2017 the University Vice Chancellor, the County Director of Health and Sanitation Dr. Kemboi the Sub County Commissioner Chesumei Mr.Mwamachi and the County Executive Committee Member Minister for Health and Sanitation Hon Mathew Rotich Tai(UEAB alumni), paid glowing tribute to the American teams for their selfless service which saw them provide free drugs , clothe wear etc. worth hundreds of thousands of shillings to the University and the Community at large. Each of the speakers ,as they thanked the guests profusely, applauded them for their excellent services and henceforth extended a special plea to them to come back soon to the scene of action .Both the Vice Chancellor and the government sides vowed to facilitate their travel arrangements, where possible.
Dr. Kemboi referring to the recent 100 day national doctor’s strike and the current acute shortage of nurses in the County etc. termed the event God send and further declared these events as a demonstration of the international solidarity of doctors in service of mankind. He further declared that the medical services have enabled the County to meet its set target of service delivery to the Nandi community. In conclusion, Dr. Kemboi applauded the US Government for being the main partner with Kenya government on HIV, TB, Malaria, and Family Planning projects in the Country.
In his closing remarks to officially mark the end of this series of community activities, Hon Rotich (UEAB alumnus) Nandi County CEC on behalf of the County Governor and the people of Nandi County, expressed profound gratitude to the teams for their successive selfless service to the community. The unsurpassed team spirit and commitment to service thus demonstrated , would arguably go a long way to inspire others, beginning with himself, to participate in efforts geared towards improving the medical welfare of others. As he embarks on his ambition to contest for an MP’s position in Tindiret, Constituency, Hon. Rotich acknowledged that these philanthropic milestones will forever inspire him in his political adventure and aspiration to be the next MP for Tindiret Constituency, Nandi County, in the next General Elections.
Also present in the official closing ceremony were: Dr.Terer – the Chesumei Sub County MOH, Mr. Laban Talam- Nandi County Logistician, Mr. Alfred Bichiy-County Public Health Officer , Ms Florence Lelei – County Nurse (aluminus UEAB) Prof. Gude (UEAB),Dr Paul Wahonya (UEAB), Amon K. Chepkwony(UEAB), Benson Kinuthia (UEAB) Sara Biru (UEAB), Dr. K. Agwata(UEAB Hospital), Dr.Jackie Obey (Dean, School of Health Sciences), Mary Njeru (HOD Nursing), Mr Emmanuel Laryea (University Librarian) etc./