Written by Mulindi Carey Adekhela
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Residents of Kipsigon in Mt. Elgon gather at the kipsigon Church during the Kenya Red Cross campaign against jiggers in the region. [PHOTOS |Mulindi Carey | West Fm]
Residents of Kipsigon, Mt. Elgon had all reasons to smile as Red Cross officers pitched tents for an initiative dubbed “Outreach Medical Camps for Disaster affected communities,’’ which aimed at jiggers control, nutritional assessment and counseling for children and adults, child immunization and Vitamin A provision held at Kipsigon Baptist Church.
According to Abduba Mudabe the regional health officer with Red Cross, the outreach targets areas affected with disasters and it was started at Baringo and aims to end in Turkana.
Present in the event were Dr. Mahomud Said, the National Deputy Governor of Red Cross who conducted the screening for surgical cases and booking the affected for operation in Bungoma, Sophy Majuma Omogo a nutritionist with Red Cross dealing with nutritional assessment and counseling for children and adults, Hebert Ogot a Red Cross volunteer in charge of child immunization and Vitamin A provision among other Red Cross officers.
The initiative begun Wednesday and ends Thursday in Cheptais.
Elsewhere, in Kipsigon market centre Mt. Elgon DC, Farah Mohamed, held a peace meeting with locals addressing the conflict that has emerged between the Soi and Ndorobo following cases of murder and cattle rustling between the two communities.
The DC urged the locals to live together in peace and shun away any form of violence and killings lest the government initiates a fresh operation in the region. Citing the recent death of two middle aged men and a 96 year old woman who was butchered at Chengeiywo location, the DC advised the locals to abide by the laws and report to the provincial administration for action in the occasion of a conflict between them.
The DC urged the senior citizens to register with their area chiefs so as they can also benefit from funds kitty for the senior citizens from the government. About the issue of resettling the displaced, the DC said those who didn’t benefit from phase 1, 2 and 3 program will be resettled at Transnzoia County.
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