More than 1,000 residents of Ithanga Sub-County in Murangá County are expected to benefit from a one-day free medical screening camp courtesy of Del Monte Kenya Limited (DMKL).

The screening will be done by Del Monte in partnership with Murang’a County’s Ministry of Health (MOH) and Family Health Option at Matunda Primary School on October 8, 2022.

According to the company, the camp will feature free breast and prostate Cancer screening, in commemoration of World Health Organization’s (WHO) Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Residents will also get free dental and eye checkups, family planning, pediatric treatment, voluntary counselling and HIV/AIDS Testing services, deworming and also general checkups.

“Health is one of our Corporate Social Responsibility pillars, and our objective in hosting this medical camp is to provide much needed health services to our neighbors and create awareness about health and hygiene among the people of Murang’a County,” said Stergios Gkaliamoutsas, Managing Director, Del Monte Kenya.

He added: “We are keenly aware that our success as a company is directly related to the health and welfare of those we work with and the people that we serve. We look forward to continue demonstrating the many ways in which DMKL can be a valued, respected, responsible corporate citizen contributing to the economy and the wellbeing of communities where we are present.”

Del Monte’s medical team and peer educators are also expected to raise awareness on cancer and offer counselling as part of its partnership with the United Nations Foundation (UNF) Women Empowerment initiative.

Through the initiative, the firm pledged to empower 10,000 women, including its employees and neighboring communities, with reproductive health services and information by 2024.

Under the UNF initiative, DMKL is running five programs including menstrual health and hygiene, gender-based violence and sexual harassment, reproductive health and cancers, family planning, and STI’S/HIV/AIDS preventive measures, diagnosis and follow-up.

Previous medical initiatives run by the firm include Ndula Medical Camp, Kandara Medical Camp, Swani Primary School medical outreach, and Ng’araria Primary School Medical Camp and partnered with MOH Murang’a County, Furaha Chemist, LTD, Central Memorial Hospital, Family Health Options Kenya, Cascade Outside Catering, AON Minet, National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF).