Free lifestyle diseases treatment for head teachers

A Kenya Primary Schools Head Teachers Association delegate undergoing tests at the KEPSHA's annual conference in Mombasa. [Maarufu Mohamed,Standard]
Head teachers attending this year's 44th Annual Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) /Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (Kessha) currently underway in Mombasa have once against benefited from free medical screening courtesy of the Mount Kenya University (MKU).

The free screening is being done by MKU's School of Nursing, Medical School and the School of Public Health.

Elizabeth Ndungu, lecturer at the MKU School of Nursing who is overseeing the whole process said that they have pitched camp at the Kenya School of Revenue Administration, Bamburi Mombasa where over 7,500 school heads are attending the annual conference.

Education Cabinet Secretary, Prof George Magoha is expected to officially open the conference whose theme this year is ''Quality Education in Context of 100 per cent Transition''.

''We are here again as part of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The response on the first day is overwhelming. We hope to handle close to 1000 clients by the time this conference ends,'' she said.

Clients are being assessed on biometric nutrition, blood pressure screening, random blood sugar screening, nutrition and health education.

''Most of those we are seeing are people aged over 35 and above. We have so far seen cases that require referrals for proper medication and are advising our clients accordingly,'' she said.

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She said that it is prudent that people eat proper balanced diet and partake in regular exercises to keep fit.

''We offer counselling on right diet and insist on compliancy with those under medication to continue taking medication until doctor advices otherwise,'' she said.

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