Free medical services delight residents in the remote border

30Oct 2018
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Free medical services delight residents in the remote border

DOCTORS and medical attendants from hospitals in Arusha, Kilimanjaro and Dar es Salaam were recently dispatched to the windswept, remote district of Longido at the border of Tanzania and Kenya, to provide free medical services to more than 500 mostly nomadic pastoralists in the area.

The initiative was borne from the philanthropic organization known as ‘Who is Hussain,’ which intends to improve health and sanitation to the residents of Ngeriyan village and ward in Longido District, Arusha Region, so as to offset any possibility of diseases outbreak in the border district, which is usually plagued by water shortage and drought.

The resident director for the ‘Who is Hussain,’ organization in Tanzania, Tahera Abbas, revealed that they had initially targeted to treat 300 people but the turn-up later rose two folds when the residents heard of the ‘good news,’ and therefore the medical attendants were compelled to cater for 500 plus residents.

“We realised that common maladies affecting the people of Longido include, waterborne diseases, malaria, eye problems, fever, worms, stomach-aches and hypertension,” said Abbas adding that those diagnosed with serious problems were referred for further medical attention, including surgeries at hospitals in Arusha and Moshi.

She added that, other patients with sight problems were provided with eye glasses and drops.

The village chairman at Ngeriyan hamlet, Jackson Keriango thanked the ‘Who is Hussain,’ organization for the efforts, saying their health oriented philanthropic entourage was timely, on that many residents did not access health service at public hospitals as they live in remotest section of the district.

“The health camps were very helpful and useful,” said Keriango, pleading with organisers to return again for future interventions. He said the area had a single dispensary which was ill-equipped to handle all medical cases especially serious diseases.

For his part, one of the beneficiaries, Periiya Taiyai said the exercise had saved them a lot of money, time and inconvenience of trekking miles for treatment. “However, one day was not enough, the services should have at least taken three days,” he advised.

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