LU Health Week from 23rd September - 27th September 2019

Theme: Fighting Non- Communicable Diseases (NCDs) for a Better Life

The Health Week started with a seminar which addressed Non - Communicable Diseases.

NCDs refers to chronic diseases that are not transmissible. They include diseases such as Diabetes, Cancer, and Hypertension. During the seminar it was noted that the burden of NCDs is on the rise. According to Dr Kamau, Ag. Medical Officer, NCDs contributes 70% of deaths in Kenya and 55% of hospital beds are occupied by patients with NCDs. Unhealthy lifestyles, consumption of unhealthy foods, alcohol intake and tobacco use are some of the causes of these diseases.

LU Health Week focuses on management and preventive health care to staff, students and the surrounding community who benefit from:

  • Blood Sugar checks for those above 35 years
  • Blood Pressure checks
  • Body Mass Index
  • Eye camp with free screening and treatment
  • Breast Examination (male & female)
  • Via/Villi for cervical cancer for females above 45 years
  • Blood Donation
  • HIV/ AIDs - free counselling & testing

LU has partnered with:

  • Africa Cancer Foundation
  • International Cancer Institute
  • AMUA Family Health Clinics
  • Lions SightFirst Eye Hospital
  • Kenya National Blood Transfusion Services
  • NHIF
  • War Memorial Hospital- Nakuru
  • Charity Hospital- Nyahururu
  • National Blood Donation
  • ST Benedict Hospital – Nyahururu
  • Ampath

In his address, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Kibett Rotich appreciated the sponsors and facilitators who have partnered with the institution in organizing the Health Week. He asserted that when people are empowered with knowledge they can defend themselves hence urged everyone to take advantage of the exercise. As a way of leading by example, all the members of the University Management Board went through the screening process. Kudos to the VC and DVC (ARSA) for taking part in blood donation.

During this Health Week, LU Ambulance was also launched. The Ambulance is set to enhance access and response to emergencies services which is a major milestone in the Medical Department. Other major achievements in the department includes registering the LU Medical Unit as a NHIF Hospital with 24/7 medical services. The Department has also acquired a Serum Biochemistry analyser machine and a Haematology machine. All these are geared towards enhancing better health services.

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