First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has said she will remain steadfast in her efforts to take healthcare services closer to Kenyans in all parts of the country.
The First Lady was speaking at Makutano where she officially launched the 3rd Beyond Zero Medical Safari. The medical safaris are part of the second phase of the First Lady’s efforts to boost delivery of healthcare services in the country, especially women and children through her Beyond Zero Initiative. The first phase entailed the delivery of fully equipped mobile clinics to all the 47 counties.
She emphasized her commitment to her promise of ensuring that the people of Kenya, especially mothers and children, are protected from preventable illnesses and deaths.
“I believe that everyone – girls and boys, men and women – must have a chance to reach their full potential; an opportunity to pursue their dreams and contribute to the development of their community. This is all possible with good education and access to quality healthcare services,” the First Lady said.
The First Lady, who had earlier opened a reproductive health theatre and commissioned a cryotherapy machine at the Kapenguria County Referral Hospital before launching a satellite blood bank constructed and equipped at a cost of Kshs 40.1 million, commended the West Pokot County Government for giving provision of healthcare services the attention it deserves.
“I commend the efforts the county leadership has made towards increasing the number of nurses and resource allocation to its health facilities, including the new satellite blood bank, so that this county can achieve better health outcomes and continue to save many more lives,” the First Lady said.
“These are valuable steps in leading this region to become a model centre of excellence in health,” she added.
The event saw the signing of the Facility Improvement Bill for West Pokot County by Governor Prof. John Lonyangapuo. The Bill, the first of its kind for county governments, is set to revolutionize the improvement of health facilities in the county.
Governor Lonyangapuo thanked First Lady Margaret Kenyatta for her support in the provision of healthcare services in West Pokot and singled out the Beyond Zero mobile clinic as a key health asset to the county.
Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. Rashid Aman, Members of Parliament Peter Lochakapong (Sigor), Samuel Moroto (Kapenguria), Lillian Tomitom (West Pokot County MP) and Mark Lomunokol (Kacheliba) also spoke at the event.
Others who spoke included the spouse of the West Pokot Governor Mary Lonyangapuo and her Makueni counterpart Nazi Kivutha, Acting Chief Executive Officer of AMPATH Prof. Sylvester Kimaiyo, Merck Foundation Program Director Leonard Saika and West Pokot County Executive Committee (CEC) Member for Health Geoffrey Lipale.
County First Ladies Lydia Khaemba (Trans Nzoia), Priscilla Oparanya (Kakamega), Elizabeth Ongwae (Kisii), Ivy Kiptis (Baringo), Sheila Sang (Nandi), Dorothy Nyong’o (Kisumu) and Caroline Wangamati (Bungoma) also attended the event.