For the second time this year, the Rotary Club of Oyster Bay in Dar es Salaam is providing medical services in the form of a one-day Medical Pop-Up Camp to students in primary education. The approx. 1,400 children of Makumbusho and Victoria Primary Schools will be offered a medical check-up, treatment, medicine and hygiene education free of charge. The Medical Camp at Makumbusho Primary School is part of Rotary Club of Oyster Bay’s ongoing Community Health Initiative (CHI), which organizes medical camps and other health targeted initiatives since 2012.


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As part of its Community Health Initiative, Rotary Club of Oyster Bay is organizing a one-day Medical Pop-Up Camp at Makumbusho Primary School in Dar es Salaam. With the large support of sponsors such as Diamond Trust Bank, Whitedent, Securex, Knight Support, Mansoordaya, Mini and MeTL, and in cooperation with doctors from Hubert Kairuki Memorial University (HKMU), medical students from Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) and the selfless effort of several volunteers, Rotary Club of Oyster Bay is able to provide the primary school students with a wide variety of medical services including general medical check-up, dental hygiene check up, eyesight test, malaria test, deworming, ENT (ear, nose & throat), dermatology as well as counselling. In addition, the students are supplied with prescribed medication upon diagnosis, as well as hygiene material such as sanitary pads; food and water is provided for all those being tested.

Kirubakaran Ramakrishnan, the Rotary Club of Oyster Bay service project director, says he is very thankful that the Club has had yet another opportunity to provide the medical service to the students for the second time this year. “Good health is key for our children to learn and live a happy life. Healthy children have a much better chance to succeed in school and hence are prepared for the daily challenges that life provides. We are extremely thankful that we can offer our services and make a difference in the health of these students.” For Ramakrishnan, the Community Health Initiative and the Pop-Up camps under its roof are a project that immediately affect the living quality of the children as the most vulnerable segment of our society. For Vikash Shah, the President of Rotary Club of Oyster Bay, this Medical Camp is a prime example of what a community can do when people come together to bring change. “Due to the many inspiring volunteers and supporters, we are able to supply the community with these fundamental services. We are commited to serve the community and the less-priviledged. I’m very proud that our Club, together with our partners, is able to organize the Medical Camps year after year”.

Rotary Oyster Bay’s Community Health Initiative has been highly supported by Diamond Trust Bank (DTB) in the past years. Once again this year, DTB is playing an instrumental role for the implementation of the Medical Camps. For DTB’s Head of Corporate Affairs, Mr. Sylvester Bahati, partnership with the Rotary Club of Oyster Bay is a ledger in their community engagement. “Being able to supply medical treatment to thousands of students every year is a humbling experience for our company and all of our employees. Providing this vital medical service at the camp while promoting good citizenry and volunteerism in our communities makes the Medical Camps we support and the cooperation with the Rotary Club of Oyster Bay exceptional”. Next to operational support, about 25 volunteers of DTB annually participate on the day of the event and provide help wherever it is needed.