Kenya One Health Students’ Club members in Massive Community action

Wednesday, 24 May 2017 - 3:32pm
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May 7th 2016, students of Moi University conducted a community outreach activity at Makhene Primary School area, Saboti Sub County, Trans-nzoia County.

This activity was carried out in collaboration with the Kenya Red Cross, the Indian community and Trans-nzoia County Government. 

The objective of the activity was to help eradicate and educate people about Jiggers. The activity also included rabies control through dog and cat vaccinations as well as educating the community about the disease. Other activities included laboratory screening of various diseases such as HIV (including counselling) and malaria, basic breast cancer checks, children immunization and education on community health.

The One Health approach to managing health challenges, such as rabies outbreaks, aims to promote and implement meaningful collaboration and communication between multiple allied disciplines working together to attain optimal health for people, domestic animals, wildlife and the environment. This event brought together students and experts from diverse backgrounds that included Veterinary Medicine, Human Medicine, Nursing and Public Health. The diverse student and faculty backgrounds contributed to a rich learning environment and collective problem- solving using novel ideas coupled with technical approaches.

This activity was attended by two faculty leads from the University of Nairobi, 75 students from Moi University and two faculty leads from Moi University (School of Nursing and Public Health).

Specifically, the club members carried out;

Anti- Rabies Vaccination (mainly and cats), community education on rabies, dog bites first aid education and animal handling.

Jiggers’ treatment -the club members in collaboration with Kenya Red Cross volunteers actively participated in the treatment. 156 people were treated, the majority of them children. Their feet were first washed with water and soap after which the affected areas were dipped in potassium permanganate or Lysol, provided by the Kenya Red Cross. Hydrogen peroxide was used to clean septic wounds and tetanus shots administered to those with severe cases. Tom shoes were given to those treated, courtesy of Kenya Red Cross.

Tree planting was also conducted with trees planted at the school after the treatment, courtesy of the Hindu Religious Community Services. 1000 tree seedlings were provided.

Medical treatment was provided by club members in their clinical years of study (5th and 6th year medical students and 5th year Dentistry students) with the guidance and supervision of the county medical staff.  Services that were offered included blood sugar monitoring (diabetes), blood pressure testing, consultation services, and laboratory services for malaria, typhoid and UTIs. The laboratory tests were carried out by the laboratory technicians from the county with the help of club members. Drugs were dispensed by the county pharmacy technicians. Members of the community turned out in large numbers to receive these free services and many came from far to be able to benefit. Overall, 332 people were attended to in this section.

Maternal, Child Health and Family Planning were provided by undergraduate and postgraduate nursing students were actively involved in these activities. Mothers were educated on Family Planning methods available and the importance of family planning, especially long term methods. Mothers who came with their Children Clinic book/cards were able to receive immunization services. A total of 38 mothers visited MCH and the FP tent and 7 children were immunized.

Other services offered included dental and health education.            

The students also administered a jiggers Knowledge, Attitude and Practice (KAP) questionnaire on Kinyoro residents.