By Meya Meya
Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) today received Master Stephen Lowesit and his mother Alice Tukwali Riwoole from Kanaodon, Turkana County after they appealed publicly for help in accessing medical care for Stephen’s chronic condition.
Alice had lost all hope that her son Lowesit will ever get relief from the pain he was going through. The lump on his neck kept getting bigger as time went by making it difficult for him to eat and he had stopped going to school.
Raising Kshs. 100 for her was a challenge and she needed Kshs. 10,000 for further tests. Accepting her son’s fate, she resorted to take him back home to Kanaodon, 143kms from Lodwar, and make him as comfortable as possible. This was the fourth child she would lose.
Their story was highlighted in The Star on Monday (October 28, 2019) and the Chief Executive Officer; Dr. Wilson K. Aruasa, MBS requested that Lowesit be brought to MTRH for treatment and care as part of the Hospital’s support for the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) agenda. The Cabinet Secretary Health, Madam Sicily Kariuki, EGH asked MTRH to ensure the patient is treated.
Efforts to trace Stephen and his family in Kanaodon was led by Dr. Roberts Abok, the Chief Officer, Department of Health, Turkana County and through the support of the County Government he was finally able to get to MTRH, Eldoret on Wednesday (30th October, 2019).
MTRH is committed to providing the highest attainable standard of health by ensuring UHC in our catchment population and beyond as well as supporting H.E. The President’s agenda of provision of quality, accessible and affordable healthcare irrespective of the patient’s ability to pay.