When 35 year old Linet Akinyi learnt that World Friends/ Ruaraka Uhai Neema were conducting their monthly medical camp on 30th July 2016 in the informal settlements of Mathare, it was a great relief for her.
“My 4 year old daughter, Faith Brandy had been sick for about 5 days. I had taken her to a health facility here in Mathare but her condition was not getting better. Things got worse when she started nose bleeding and having a very high fever at night. I took her to get treatment and more checkups from Ruaraka Uhai Neema Hospital doctors who frequently conduct medical camps here in our neighborhood. Their service was really efficient since when they noticed that my daughter was looking frail as we were on the queue waiting, the nurses quickly took her in as the next patient. The pediatrician assessed her and gave us some medicine to control the fever plus a referral letter to conduct further tests at Ruaraka Uhai Neema Hospital. At the hospital, they admitted my daughter into the pediatric unit after some laboratory tests and her condition is getting much better. She is now stronger and the fever is no more. My girl can even smile and this has made me very happy. I also received medical care at the camp and this is something I appreciate since I have been feeling ill for a while but could not seek medication because of the cost it would incur which I cannot afford at the moment. Raising my 5 children as a single parent is not easy and so I appreciate the people who make it possible for us to access quality health care through such initiatives. In the slums, we don’t have a health facility with a Pediatric Unit and we are grateful to Ruaraka Uhai Neema Hospital for giving us quality care despite where we come from.” Said Linet who is a casual laborer residing in Mathare slum.
Linet and Faith were among the over 200 Mathare Slum residents who attended World Friends/ Ruaraka Uhai Neema Hospital Medical Camp held last Saturday.