First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has called for concerted efforts to help improve healthcare in the country.
Speaking at Mundika school of Compassion during the ceremony of handing over a mobile clinic to Busia County under the Beyond Zero campaign, the First Lady noted that many Kenyans more so women and children are still struggling to access basic healthcare.
“The right to quality and affordable healthcare is something we take for granted yet across this country there are still mothers and children and general larger population who continue to struggle to access health care facilities.” She said
“Many mothers still don’t give birth in clinics, many children are not receiving vaccinations they need, and many are dying under the age of five from diseases that can easily be treated.
“This continues to a major hindrance in our country’s development.” The first lady stated.
Mrs. Kenyatta pointed out the need to put hands together to fight HIV/ Aids in Busia County and across the country.
“All of us must take it upon ourselves to participate in guarding our own as well as each other’s well being. We all have to do our part. we all have to work hard. Governments cannot do to what they do alone. NGOs cannot do what they do alone.” She stated.
Busia County Governor Sospeter Ojaamong, County First Lady Judy Onamu and MPs Geoffrey Odanga of Matayos and Mary Emase of Teso south hailed the First Lady for the donation of the mobile clinic which they said will go along way in supplementing provision of health care in the county,
“This is a big boost to our county and we hope it will help our people in a big way.” Governor Sospeter Ojaamong said.
The governor also highlighted a number of projects they have started geared towards improving healthcare including the ongoing construction of emergency and ICU at Busia County Referral hospital, construction of wards and laboratories at all the seven sub-county hospitals apart from buying of seven ambulances.