First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has urged county governments to use devolved funds to purchase more mobile clinics to meet increased heathy needs of Kenyans.
The First Lady said introduction of free maternity services in public health facilities by the Government has increased the number of pregnant women attending both ante-natal and post-natal clinics.
“By using devolved funds or money from the Constituency Development Fund, county leaderships can, without delay, purchase more mobile clinics to ensure health services are brought closer to the people,” she said.
She spoke today at Ithookwe grounds, Kitui town when she donated the 10th fully equipped mobile clinic under Beyond Zero campaign to Kitui County.
She commended the Kitui county leadership for boosting the Beyond Zero initiative by purchasing two more mobile clinics to ensure health services are brought closer to the people.
The First Lady stressed the urgent need for more investment in health infrastructure to cope with increased demands.
Our journey will continue beyond the 47 mobile clinics as we seek to ensure a bright future for our mothers and children, the First Lady said as she presented to Kitui Governor Dr. Julius Malombe, the mobile clinic donated by Kenya Commercial Bank through Beyond Zero initiative.
Provision of medical services and facilities, she said, will enable the country to achieve its goal of eliminating HIV transmission from mother to child and lower the prevalence below the national average.
Noting that the ‘Beyond Zero’ initiative is progressing well, the First Lady said through the goodwill of Kenyans, the goal of providing fully-kitted mobile clinics to all 47 counties is well on course.
She said, “I look forward to all Kenyans joining me for the second edition of the First Lady’s Half Marathon in Nairobi next year, in support of the ‘Beyond Zero’ campaign”.
She challenged Governors and County leaders to ensure full public participation in all development activities within their borders to ensure sustainability of projects.
The First Lady stressed the need for tightened security in all parts of the country to deter criminals from using urban centers as transit points to Nairobi and beyond.
She said Kitui County is endowed with natural resources whose exploitation could spur economic growth and improve living conditions of residents but stressed this can only take place in a safe environment.
“Kitui County is very strategic in its geographical location in the south eastern part of Kenya. It is endowed with natural resources such as coal, iron ore, diatomite and limestone,” she added.
The First Lady encouraged Kitui residents to plant trees especially during this rainy season and reduce indiscriminate felling of the same that can cause environmental degradation.
She said, “Charcoal burning and wanton destruction of forests if unchecked will have a negative impact on residents’ lives in the future”.
Elected leaders in Kitui commended the First Lady for driving the initiative based on the health need of Kenyans.
The leaders including the Governor and local MPs urged their own countrywide to keep the First Lady’s campaign out of politics.
“The mobile clinics so far delivered have gone to counties based on the maternal and child health needs and not political inclination,” the leaders said.
Dr Malombe said his government was working with the national government officials to accelerate development. We consult and support one another, he added.