Joy as residents get free information services

Residents receive free medical services at Baraka Park in Siakago town, Embu County on Friday. (Joseph Muchiri, Standard)

Hundreds of residents, including secondary school students, on Friday got free information and other services on various sectors.

The clinic, organised by Embu County professionals, at Baraka Park in Siakago town offered information and services on health, education, land rights and finance.

While addressing the meeting, Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki warned public and private hospitals against detaining bodies over unpaid bills.

“This should stop. The hospital administration should talk with the family for a commitment to pay later and release the body for burial,” she said.

Embu County Professionals Development Association Chairman Ibrahim Mwathane said they would continue to tap their skills and experiences to give back to their county.

“The clinic aims to pass information to the people on services that best serve their daily needs. We plan to hold such clinics in all the sub-counties annually,” Mwathane said.

Besides free testing and treatment, residents were taken through processes in land transactions, information about finance by banks and saccos, and courts procedures and jurisdictions. They also received seedlings for indigenous trees.

Hundreds of students and school leavers were also taken through available courses in various universities and technical colleges represented.

Organisations that participated were Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), University of Embu, United States International University-Africa (USIU), Kenya Institute of Management, Embu College and foreign universities from the United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Malaysia, Australia and Turkey.

The clinic was attended by Embu County Commissioner Abdullahi Galgalo, ACK Diocese of Mbeere Bishop Moses Masamba and Mbeere North MP Muriuki Njagagua, among others.