Hundreds of students, staff and members of Juja community Friday attended a free preventive and promotive health camp at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, main campus. Besides advice on healthy living, participants received check-up and medication for various conditions and ailments.
Services at the camp included eye, dental and general check-up; cervical cancer screen, HIV counselling and testing; and nutritional information.
According to Simon Njagi of JKUAT Hospital, the exercise was premised to raise awareness, give counsel as well as offer medical interventions where possible.
Njagi noted a number of aliments and conditions like cancers and blood sugar levels are only diagnosed at advanced stages due to lack of regular medical consultation. To avoid this trap, the medic called for regular check-ups and healthy living.
Deputy Dean of Students, William Nyariki said the event was a way of JKUAT giving back to the host community at a time when the Institution is marking 20th anniversary of University autonomy.
Ruth Nyokabi, a second year mass communications student who attended the event said it is important for Kenyans to keep their health in check through constant consultation.
“It is essential to know about my body status. That is why I came for the camp. The doctors are very helpful and I would encourage everybody to find time for check-ups regularly,” Nyokabi advised.
A number of students from the College of Health Sciences were embedded with the personnel at the camp for exposure.
Beatrice Wairimu, fourth year student pursuing Bachelor of Science in human nutrition and dietetics agreed that the exercise equipped them with industry relevant hand-on skills.
The event which was jointly organized by the University Hospital and the Office of Dean of Students. It was one of the activities JKUAT lined up as it celebrates 20 years of leadership in training, research and innovation.