Early Thursday morning, we all set for a day at Anole clinic. We drive the 13 kilometers through the semi-arid, sandy soil from Madogo to Anole, enjoying the sceneries of Acacia tress, camels and sand dunes along the road.
This is a faith journey, made every Thursday by DOVE Missionaries in Garissa as they reach out to the Illwana community. These basic health services represent a significant ministry to residents, who are dominantly Muslims. This is a chance to interact with the local community and share the gospel while meeting health needs.
From a few meters away, we see a big crowd of people waiting for the clinic to open. Within a few minutes, they are all in a queue. The missionaries start checking temperatures and blood pressure, one after another, before patients are attended to by the nurse.
The clinic started operating in 2002. “We started the clinic after one pregnant woman died due to complications as she was transported by a cart from Anole to Madogo Health Centre, 13 km away,” explained Amos.
The clinic first operated under a tree and later moved to a village house. Through partnerships, Anole clinic now operates inside a small building.
Every Thursday, the clinic requires one nurse, a local assistant staff and medicines. The budget per open day (one day per week) is Kshs 7,000 ($70). The small charges to patients, Kshs 20 per adult ($ 0.20), are not enough to cater for this budget.
Your generous donations to this project are most welcome.
By: Kenneth Irungu