Affordable healthcare is every Kenyan citizen’s right. The government, as well as private health providers, has the responsibility of ensuring that affordable healthcare is available to the citizens.

A generation ago, people used to see their doctor only when they felt sick. Today, preventative health care is becoming commonplace as people become more educated and empowered about their own health. People are keen on seeking medical advice on how to live a healthy lifestyle. They are also looking to lower their risk of various conditions or diseases by maintaining a healthy diet, weight, and level of physical activity. It is, however, a question of debate whether or not this is available to every person or only the upper-middle class.

Speaking with Eric, one of the officials at Bliss Healthcare – a health provider that has partnered with the government and taken part in a medical camp campaign – he explains that the partnership aims at ensuring officers in various police camps have regular medical checkups. This campaign has seen hundreds of officers attended to during these camps held at Kisumu, Usenge, Machakos, Kiambaa, Mosoriot, Kakamega and Nakuru police stations.

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Police officers getting checkups at a medical camp

“Considering that Police duties are quite stressful, and the fact that the tough working environment exposes them to stress-related diseases, regular check-up on basic tests such as Blood Pressure and Blood sugar is vital. This does not apply just to Police officers but every person. We are holding these free camps to ensure that the officers don’t have to stress further about the time to go to a clinic. We bring the camp to their convenience.” Says Eric.

“Regular check-ups can help find potential health issues before they become a problem. It gives you the best chance of getting the right treatment quickly, avoiding any complications. Besides, you are taking important steps toward living a longer, healthier life.”

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