The Jomo Kenyatta University Students Association (JKUSA) marked its annual health drive at the University’s Main Campus targeting all students and staff, Wednesday, July 13, 2022. The health drive, which was free of charge, saw staff and students get various tests, treatments and referrals, especially for those who needed specialized medical treatment.
Speaking on behalf of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. Robert Kinyua lauded the association for staging the annual event that is aimed at promoting the health and well-being of the JKUAT fraternity.
“The Health Drive initiative is important in raising awareness of the continuous need to make health a priority for all people. It is crucial that we not only put emphasis on academic excellence but also on our physical, mental and sexual health,” said Prof. Ngumi.
The Health Drive running under the theme, “Afya Njema, Jukumu Langu” which translates to “My health, my responsibility”, had a couple of goals including making JKUAT a leading and enlightened community founded upon better health practices thus promoting healthy living and preventing ailments.
Among the services provided were screening services for blood sugar, blood pressure, body mass index assessment, eye screening, cervical and breast cancer screening, as well as promoting health literacy through lifestyle and nutritional counseling.
On his part, Equity Afia dietician, Mr. Boniface Kagumba believed that the initiative will enhance the excellent relationship between the University and the health sector stakeholders involved.
“Apart from building a symbiotic relationship among ourselves, this health drive also plays its part in contributing to the Universal Health Coverage as envisioned by the government development agenda,” said Mr. Kagumba.
The Dean of Students, Prof. Fredah Wanzala saluted JKUSA for its efforts in nurturing the wellness of the university saying, the drive will go a long way in bringing free specialized medical consultations closer to the university.
JKUSA Health, Catering and Accommodation (HCA) Secretary, Ms. Fradina Makena expressed her delight at the success of the event which attracted more than 5000 students, saying, she was glad to see that many students prioritize their health and well-being as evident by the number of students who flocked the drive.
While thanking JKUSA for the health drive initiative, Nyansarora Omunga, a third-year student of Mass Communication said that the facilitators were congenial and professional, and attended to the students with utmost dexterity. She added that she had picked up vital lessons in exercising, healthy eating and safeguarding her overall health.
The event attracted a number of corporates that offered free consultation, testing, vaccination and counseling services to students among them, JKUAT Hospital, Equity Afia Juja Medical Centre, Marie Stopes, Lapaire Opticians, Physiotech Rehab Associates, Stop TB Initiative and Nomad Doctors.