By Yussuf Hamza:
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has expressed satisfaction with efforts by the County Government of Garissa to fight child and maternal deaths in the County.
Speaking after handing over a fully kitted Beyond Zero Mobile Clinic to Garissa County Governor Nathif Jama on Thursday, Mrs Kenyatta also noted the positive contribution of the Garissa County First Lady Amina Abdullahi saying her tireless work in initiatives that seek to gain the confidence of women and girls was encouraging.
“The investment in increased health infrastructure-dispensaries and maternity wards, establishment of new community healthcare units, recruitment of healthcare workers as well as purchase of motorbikes to support the community outreach services all speaks volumes of your desire for a healthy society.” Said Mrs. Kenyatta.
“First lady, Amina Abdullahi, your tireless work in initiatives that seek to gain the confidence of women and girls is encouraging. The maternal and financial initiative, the sanitary towels program, your advocacy work against FGM and the school bursaries are all helping to lay a solid foundation for our girls and women”. She added.
Mrs. Kenyatta also lauded the County administration and the local people for their collective advocacy work in getting students back into the Garissa University following the tragic Al-shabaab attack that left more than 150 people dead.
The first lady said the country must invest in care throughout pregnancy, birth and after delivery as wellness strategies for improving the health of mothers and newborns.
Garissa is among counties with highest mortality rates in the country and the donation will go a long way in curbing the same.
The clinic was purchased for the First lady’s cause by the Kenya commercial bank.
The First Lady said despite the enormous social economic and security challenges, people in the county have stood together portraying the true spirit of nationalism – a key pillar of the nation’s prosperity.
Garissa Governor Nathif Adan said his administration attached a lot of importance on Health and Water and allocated the lion’s share of the county budget to the two sectors.
The Governor said the county government, in affirming its commitment to safe motherhood, has constructed 25 maternities, 16 dispensaries and fully equipped two theatres.
“My administration has constructed two maternal shelters to support pregnant mothers from distant parts of the country. Let me assure your Excellency that the mobile clinic will be put into the intended use,” he assured.
Other speakers included acting Director of Medical services Dr Jackson Kioko, NACC Director Dr Nduku Kilonzo and Regional Commissioner Mohamud Ali Saleh.