Garissa Governor Nathif Jama holds five-year old Abubakar Abdikadir, one of the beneficiaries of the free heart congenital condition treatment to be held by US doctors at Mai Mahiu, Nakuru County.
The Garissa County Government is spending Sh1 million to send 70 children from the devolved unit to Mai Mahiu for treatment of congenital heart diseases.
County Governor Mr Nathif Jama said a team of US doctors under the Heart Gift Foundation will offer the heart treatment at no cost. He said this when he bid farewell to the children, aged between one and seven years, at the Garissa County Referal Hospital today.
Governor Nadhif said he met the team in the US where they struck the deal ahead of the camp, noting that next camp will be set up in Garissa County. He said the Sh1 million will cater for transport and accommodation expenses for the children and their families for the four days they will be away in Nakuru County for the treatment.
The governor said those who may require further attention will be transferred to the US by the same team of doctors. “It is our hope and prayer that our children will come back well after treatment,” he said.
He added that the help had come in handy for the parents who could not afford to take their children for treatment since it was expensive to do so. Parents who spoke to the press expressed their delight over the opportunity to have their children treated.
“I had completely lost hope that my five-year child would never receive treatment because personally, I could not afford to take him to hospital, thanks to the county’s partnership with the doctors from USA – my child will be treated,” said a parent, Mohamed Abdi. (KNA)