Bata Children’s Programme through the Bata Health Clinic in partnership with the Nairobi Outpatient Centre conducted a one day medical camp at the St. Anthony’s Children’s Home on 27th July 2013, children from a neighboring children home – Elshadai were also invited for exercise. The BCP Medical Camp was aimed at identifying and addressing ailments affecting children at the homes as well as ensuring that the children remain medically fit. The camp saw more than 65 children from both, St Anthony’s and Elshadai Children’s Homes get medical checkups and treatment for various illnesses
The BCP volunteers actively took part in this exercise by helping in the arrangement of the venue, control and registration of the children and also interacting with them to share their love and advise on nutrition from experienced mothers in the team.
The Bata Health Clinical Officer in Charge said that an evaluation of the camp highlighted two important issues. “Firstly, greater attention needs to be paid to healthy diet especially for the little children and secondly, there is a need for the children homes attendants to learn basic First Aid skills so as to be able to handle minor medical issues.”
According to Sister Alice, the initiative was rewarding. “We express our heartfelt thanks to Bata, BCP volunteers, the medical personnel for helping the less fortunate children in our society. Today’s exercise is a good gesture of ensuring proper development of our children’s health especially in this cold season”. However, She expressed that they rely entirely on well wishers like Bata for such services and therefore there is a need for sustainable support from sponsors. The Children were happy to receive the medical services.
Bata has been supporting St Anthony’s Children’s Home for many years through Bata Children’s Programme.