Coastweek: This past September 2015, at a ceremony held at Mwanda Dispensary, Dr. Athuman N Chiguzo stated, “a simple microscope can make a big difference in improving the quality of service delivery at rural dispensary level.”
Dr. Chiguzo knows first-hand the impact a microscope can make in detecting anomalies through analysis of specimens which lead to more accurate diagnosis and treatment of diseases.
During the ceremony, Dr. Chiguzo handed over a new microscope – donated by an anonymous well-wisher – to the Deputy Chairperson of the Mwanda Dispensary Health Committee Mrs. Fatuma Karumbi. Mwanda dispensary, which is managed by Nurse Incharge Ms. Joyce Kinamah, is one of the 20 dispensaries that serve as a ‘first level contact health facility’; this and other dispensaries have been supported by the Aga Khan University’s Department of Community Health based in Mombasa, Kenya.
In this vein, the Medical Laboratory Technician of Mwanda Dispensary was provided with three days of intensive orientation and skills training on the effective use of the microscope at the laboratory of Aga Khan Hospital, Mombasa.