Governor Ongwae taking oath of office for a second term at Gusii Stadium on August 21st 2017

Governor Ongwae's swearing in ceremony

Health Cabinet Secretary Dr. Cleopa Mailu Joins Governors under the umbrella Lake Region Economic Block (LREB) during a Health Conference Held at Kisii University Grounds on 29th and 30th March, 2017

Lake Region Economic Block (LREB) Health Conference

Governor Ongwae receives Olympian Hellen Onsando Obiri, the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics Silver medalist

Homecoming of Hellen Obiri

Governor Ongwae addresses county stakeholders during the county ICT consumer forum, Kikao Kikuu, organised by the CAK and Kisii County Government at the Gusii Stadium

ICT Consumer Forum

Governor James Ongwae leads residents of Kisii County in marking the 53rd Madaraka Day Celebrations at the Gusii Stadium

53rd Madaraka day celebrations

Cord leader Raila Odinga (centre) receives a figurine of a giraffe made from soapstone from Kisii Governor James Ongwae and Senator Chris Obure during the launch of the Kisii Entrepreneurship Summit (KES) 2016

KES Launch at Kisii university grounds

Kisii County Governor James Ongwae, Senator Chris Obure and Deputy Governor James Maangi during the launch of Kisii Entrepreneurship Summit 2016 at the Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi

KES Launch at Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi

Governor James Ongwae joins over 300 doctors drawn from Kisii and Nyamira counties under the umbrella organization Inka medics association (IMA) for dinner

Governor joins Inka Medics Association for dinner

Governor Ongwae scoops gender and disability mainstreaming award

Gender and Disability awards

H.E Governor James Ongwae woos investors in Perth, Australia

H.E Governor James Ongwae woos investors in Perth, Australia

Kisii University Vice Chanchellor Prof. Akama speaks during an e-waste management workshop in a Kisii Hotel

E-waste management workshop

Get Early Eye Screening to Avoid Preventable Blindness, Kisii Residents Told

Kisii residents have been encouraged to have their eyes screened early to avoid possible blindness.

Doctors led by the County Director of Medical Services, Geoffrey Otomu said most eye problems could be treated at their initial stages and stop blindness.

Speaking during a free eye screening and testing to mark this year’s World Sight Day 2017 at the Kisii County Assembly, Dr Otomu asked MCAs to encourage the people to prioritize the health of their eyes.

Organizers sought to target the County Assembly members since according to them information can diffuse through to their electorate.

Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital CEO, Dr Enock Ondari said the event targeted to raise awareness to the public on the importance of undertaking eye screens so as to be able to seek timely medical interventions and address any risks that may lead to blindness.

The day is celebrated globally on every second Thursday of October.

Deputy Governor Joash Maangi who opened the free clinic challenged everyone to take up the initiative and develop the habit of being screened regularly so as to contain any dangers that may arise.

"Awareness is our biggest challenge since our people in the villages are not aware of such kind of services. Through the MCAs this message will pass to them easily," Maangi said.

At the same time, Maangi noted that the County Government of Kisii spends up to 50 per cent of its annual budget on healthcare where a big chunk goes to provision of preventive healthcare.

"It against this backdrop that we encourage our people to undertake various tests so as to contain any diseases before they go out of hand," Maangi continued.

He also added that the county government has made an elaborate plan to get members of the public who cannot afford to pay towards the NHIF scheme covered through legislation in the County Assembly.

Maangi said: “NHIF is quite affordable these days, so I ask our MCAs to encourage their people to enroll in large numbers. Those who cannot afford, the county government have an elaborate plan to get them covered.”

County Assembly Speaker David Kombo lauded the exercise noting that a healthy County Assembly member will be more productive and serve their people well.

"I urge MCAs to take up the opportunity and get screened to know their eye status and look for help," advised Kombo.

Dr Ondari said they resolved to conduct the free clinic at the assembly precincts so that members can be agents of disseminating the message to the people at the grassroots.

Apart from eye screening, other tests like blood sugar, diabetes, blood pressure were offered.

The exercise was being organized by the Kisii Eye Hospital in conjunction with Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital, the Kisii Lions Club, Kenya Medical Association and the Galaxy Hospital.

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