Jomo Kenyatta University Students Association (JKUSA) on Wednesday November 6, 2019 commenced a three-day health drive initiative aimed at easing the financial burden of medical checkups to students, while also bringing closer to the university free specialized medical consultations.
Among the services provided are screening services for blood sugar, blood pressure, body mass index assessment, cervical and breast cancers, as well as promoting health literacy through lifestyle and nutritional counselling.
The event which was actualized through the Association’s Health, Catering and Accommodation (HCA) docket brought on board a number of corporates that offered free services to students and discounted rates-where further management was necessary.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. Robert Kinyua who officiated the opening ceremony on behalf of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, lauded the Association for the compassionate act saying, the move is in line with the Biblical teachings that call on all of us to be mindful of others welfare.
Prof. Kinyua who was impressed by the projected number of students (5000) who are set to undergo the medical checkups said it will complement the government’s Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and ensure a healthy majority with the youth comprising of 40% of the total population.
“With the government set on realizing Universal Health Coverage (UHC) as espoused in the Big Four Agenda, it is imperative that we augment the efforts by promoting the health of the younger generation who make up to 40% of the national population,” said Prof. Kinyua.
HCA Secretary Naomi Nyambura said the initiative was meant to help students make acute decisions about their health status which directly translates to both academic productivity and lifestyle awareness.
The initiative which concludes on Friday, November 8, 2019 is in partnership with Ryculture Health and Social Innovation, a social enterprise founded by an alumni of the University to champion for inculcating a culture of active citizenship and social responsibility for health among the youth.