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The medical camp themed as 'Afya Njema Maisha Mema' is I&M Bank's way of giving back to the community and supporting the less fortunate in society/FILE

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3,000 Kamukunji artisans benefit from I&M Bank medical camp

The medical camp themed as 'Afya Njema Maisha Mema' is I&M Bank's way of giving back to the community and supporting the less fortunate in society/FILE

The medical camp themed as ‘Afya Njema Maisha Mema’ is I&M Bank’s way of giving back to the community and supporting the less fortunate in society/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 14 – Over 3,000 Kamukunji Jua Kali artisans are this year’s beneficiaries of a free medical camp offered by I&M Bank.

The second edition of the medical camp organized by I&M Bank and conducted by a team of professional doctors and paramedics including volunteer staff from the bank, took place at Muthurwa Primary School and covered various ailments including prostate and breast cancer, Ear Nose and throat (ENT) among other conditions.

The activities at the camp themed ‘Afya Njema Maisha Mema’ included diagnosing and treating any immediately evident ailments while offering advice for follow up treatment at good referral hospitals.

“One of the major problems is a lot of noise which affects our ears so much when we are making things like boxes. There is also a lot of dust. I wish the government would put up a clinic here,” said Elvis Odhiambo, who had come to seek medical care at the camp.

“I am so happy that I&M bank decided to come here for the second time because some of the challenges we have are many. When you talk of health, most of our members here in Kamukunji suffer especially from ear problems and as you can here there is a lot of noise. Another big issue is dust and injuries from being cut by metals during their work,” Kamukunji Jua Kali Association Vice Chairman Bob Akumu explained.

Due to the nature of their work, the artisans are prone to conditions arising from injury, noise, dust pollution and exposure to toxic substances hence the bank saw the need to reach out to these key players in Kenya’s economy most of whom are unable to obtain medical attention.

“I think the artisans here have suffered a lot in terms of health issues. I have worked in a factory so I know too well what these people go through in terms of inhaling dust and all that, and if you are not treated by a doctor it can lead to other complications. This is why we decided on coming here,” CEO I&M Bank Arun Mathur said.

“Having done this myself, I have a soft spot for this industry,” Mathur added.

The first edition of the medical camp that happened last year saw a total of 2,646 patients treated within two days.

The medical camp themed as ‘Afya Njema Maisha Mema’ is I&M Bank’s way of giving back to the community and supporting the less fortunate in society.

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