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Press Release: Zuri Health hosts first free medical camp at Kawangware

  • 978 took part in the check-up camp and received treatment.
On 11th December 2021, Zuri Health conducted its first free medical health camp in collaboration with CheckUps Medical Hub, Health & Wellness Solutions, Nairobi Metropolitan Health Department at Free Pentecostal Fellowship in Kenya Church (FPFK) located in Kawangware. The aim of hosting the free medical camp was to provide medical attention to the less privileged and to raise awareness about the importance of regular checkups in detecting and curbing chronic ailments early. It was also aimed at providing accessible and affordable healthcare to the common mwananchi who cannot afford quality healthcare services.  The camp included free general medical consultation, Blood pressure monitoring and management, Blood sugar monitoring and management, Body Mass Index measurement, Urinalysis test and community health education and sensitization. The Medical camp was organized in association with CheckUps Medical Clinic with Kenya’s first ultramodern mobile clinic fully equipped with X-rays, lab and diagnostics, HWS mobilized doctors, clinical officers, and nurses, and the Nairobi Metropolitan Health Department for provision of the necessary permits and medical prescriptions. The total number of patients attended to during the health camp was 978 including men, women and children across all ages receiving much needed free, quality health care from our qualified medical personnel. The 16-member team included doctors, nurses, clinical officers, and lab technicians who handled various issues of health for the locals. A free physical examination along with free blood sugar and blood pressure tests were provided.  The team identified 67% of the patients had underlying issues such as high blood sugar, blood pressure issues they were unaware of, and 49% of the patients were referred to specialized care for better monitoring.  “As part of our promise in delivering quality and affordable healthcare to all populations regardless of social strata, Zuri Health is strategizing on a nationwide campaign to serve a larger number of people in need of assistance of a similar nature”, said Ikechukwu Anoke, Co-founder, and CEO Zuri Health. End. Media Contact: louize@zuri.health About Zuri Health Zuri Health is a mobile app that helps patients to access and book certified healthcare services on-demand based on availability, location and specialization of the provider, aiming to provide affordable and accessible healthcare solutions via mobile with dedicated apps, wap and SMS services easily and quickly in the palm of patients’ hands. Zuri Health mobile service allows patients to book appointments instantly simply by logging in through mobile devices. Time slots and availability are also indicated, saving time and resources. Download the app at www.zuri.health

Safiri na Zuri: Is travelling safe with COVID-19 variants

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This time last year, deciding whether to go to visit relatives, or even go to the shop - let alone hop a flight — seemed like a mind-bending puzzle. This is December, we are having an easier time making the choice to travel. Whenever possible, travellers are recommended to get vaccinated against or tested for COVID-19 before travelling. You are less likely to get or spread COVID-19, you are at a higher risk of exposure to virus variants. The vaccines are only 90 or 95 percent effective.  Avoid places where the vaccination rate is low or where the COVID-19 numbers are high or rising. If you are traveling out of the country, you might also need vaccinations or medicines to prevent specific illnesses. Which ones you need will depend on what part of the world you're visiting, this time of year. Foreign travel is generally easier for people who have been fully vaccinated. Although usually not a mandatory entry requirement, especially for essential trips, vaccinated passengers may be exempt from entry restrictions such as pre-departure testing and quarantine. There are two different types of tests used to detect COVID-19. One is the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, which looks for traces of the virus’s genetic material and is sensitive enough to detect infection in its earliest stage. These tests are available at dedicated COVID-19 testing sites, hospitals, doctor’s offices, and the like, with samples sent to a lab that typically provides results in one to several days. The other main kind of diagnostic test is an antigen test, also known as a rapid test, which detects the presence of a specific molecule that implies a current viral infection but does not document it directly, making it a bit less accurate. Results are available within minutes, which is why this is the type of test used at home. This year, many parts of the world are fully reopening, but certain activities will be safer than others. While you can do much more than you could last year, you might want to hold off on certain dicey choices. To be safe, keep a safe distance from others, wash your hands frequently, and wear a well-fitting mask while you’re flying or taking public transportation, even if you’re vaccinated. At Zuri health, we know meeting your loved ones during this festive season is imperative. We understand it matters to take the necessary precautions. You can easily book a COVID-19 test via the app, and get results within 6 hours at the comfort of your home. Travelling soon for the festive season? Book a test today!    

Benefits of a Regular Health Check Up

We live in the century of the hustle and fast-paced life, where technology has become the biggest substructure and on which we humans are always on the run. Barely taking the time for ourselves, we do not eat properly, get enough sleep, exercise or lead a healthy lifestyle, added to these are the environmental factors. While these may manifest and hint in our health in discrete ways, we tend to overlook them presuming that they are petty and trivial, until things get ugly and our health is in neck-deep trouble. The reason why you should be getting checked by your doctor even when you are feeling healthy is that medical exams can help detect health problems early on. Sometimes they can be detected before they have even started. Once the problem has been detected the doctor can help you with treatment and even a cure which ultimately gives you a better chance at a happy, healthy and longer life. Of course, your age, health, family history and lifestyle choices will affect how often you need to receive a check-up at your health practitioner. Do not wait until you are sick before you pay a visit to the doctor for what should be a routine examination. Make it a habit to take care of yourself and your health by making regular appointments with your doctor throughout your life. Regular health checks are vital for 3 reasons:
  • Health problems can be detected at an early stage before they develop into something much more serious.
  • A screening test can detect and prevent a serious illness like cancer.
  • Preventing health problems from becoming chronic can save you money.
In an endeavour to raise health awareness to the local people and encourage the importance of regular health checkups. Zuri health shall be conducting a free medical camp in partnership with Checkups Medical Hub at Free Pentecostal Fellowship in Kenya, Kawangware on Sat, 11th of Dec. All are invited.

Zuri Health goes live in Senegal in partnership with Expresso Senegal

We are pleased to announce a new partnership with Expresso Senegal as Zuri Health Launches in Senegal! Expresso Senegal, a subsidiary of the Expresso Telecom group is a telecommunication operator in Senegal that offers services adapted to the internet, calls, and SMS with the 4G technology and business and roaming solutions. Our partnership is aimed at revolutionizing e-health in Senegal and Africa at large. We see the application of mobile technologies in the healthcare industry as a way to provide high-quality and easily accessible medical care at a lower cost. “It is with great satisfaction that Expresso Senegal and Zuri Health are launching together with the health app under the name Zuri Health. This is a major innovation in the Senegalese healthcare ecosystem, allowing our company to once again contribute to the solution of the challenges the population faces in accessing a first-resort physician for guidance and referrals.” Says Radi Almamoun, Acting CEO at Expresso Senegal. This partnership will give us the ability to provide value across the entire chain by merging technology and healthcare. An Expresso subscriber in Senegal simply sends a keyword to 28008 to subscribe to the service and begins to chat and consult with a doctor via SMS. The patients will get real-time and reliable responses from certified doctors, affordable healthcare and secure and protected private health information. The majority of users in Senegal who may not have access to internet-enabled devices or smartphones will now have the opportunity to receive first-level medical consultations from qualified medical professionals through the SMS platform. "We are very excited to be working with Expresso Senegal as our Telco partner in Senegal. At Zuri Health, we have taken into cognizance Africa's unique challenges and offered medical consultation via SMS service to take care of the over 65% of the population without access to smartphones or the internet. Patients are now able to consult with a doctor for as low as 30 CFA franc. Our commitment to offering quality, affordable and accessible healthcare is the key reason we have partnered with Expresso Senegal.”- noted Ikechukwu Arthur Anoke, Founder and C.E.O at Zuri Health.

We Stand With Red: HIV/AIDS Awareness

A virus that diproportonatly affect the continent with over twenty million reported cases, Africans are no stranger to HIV/AIDS. Over the last two decades steps have been taken by the healtcafe sectors to raise awareness about the various and it treatment. One of the biggest steps as a continent toward raising awareness is gradual changing of our mindset from one of condemnation and ostracization to understand and inclusion. On this World Aids Day we delve deeper and break don the important aspect of this virus. What Is HIV? HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that attacks cells of the immune system, affecting the body’s ability to fight infections and making a person more vulnerable to those infections. HIV is spread by contact with certain bodily fluids of a person with HIV, most commonly during unprotected sex or through sharing needles. If HIV is not treated, it can therefore lead to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) which is the late stage of HIV infection, and it happens when the immune system becomes badly damaged due to HIV.  When does the patient develop AIDS? 
  • When the number of their CD4 cells falls below 200 cells/mm3. 
  • OR when the patient develops one or more opportunistic infections regardless of their CD4 count.
CD4 cells are the type of white blood cells that fight infection. HIV destroys CD4 cells and as the immune system loses CD4 cells, it becomes weaker. When the loss of these cells become to large, the patient risks getting AIDS-related opportunistic infections. A CD4 cell count is an indicator of the immune function in HIV  patients. Treatments  There is still no effective cure for HIV, but there are multiple medications that can control the disease and this helps the patient to live a long and healthy life. some also work to prevent HIV transmission to the sexual partner and children born to mother infected with the virus. The most effective treatment for HIV is antiretroviral therapy (ART). This is a combination of several medications that can control the amount of the virus in the body. ART slows the rate at which the virus grows. Other treatment for HIV/AIDS include PrEP(pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a prevention method for people how are HIV-negative and have high risk to be exposed to the virus, they can get antiretroviral medication to prevent acquisition of HIV infection.  PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) is the use of antiretroviral medications for people who are HIV-negative after a high-risk exposure to HIV infection (exposure can be through sex or sharing needles with infected person). It should be started as soon as possible to be effective. Research by: Mariam Alsulimani
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