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First Lady hands mobile clinic to Wajir County

15 October 2014, 09:20 Nechesa Chemoi

Wajir - First Lady Margaret Kenyatta Tuesday handed over the seventh fully kitted mobile clinic to Wajir County government as part of the "Beyond Zero Campaign".

Speaking during the handover ceremony at Wajir Stadium, the First Lady said the future of Wajir County and Kenya at large is pegged on quality lives of its citizens particularly the children.

She said the realization that over 90% of women in Wajir County do not access skilled delivery services should motivate all stakeholders to provide solutions to change the situation.

“There could be no more fitting tribute to mothers than to ensure they are provided with a safe environment and supported by skilled health providers while giving life.

"The government and all stakeholders are duty bound to ensure that children are well educated and brought up in a healthy environment free of HIV/AIDS," she said.

Also read: First Lady takes Beyond Zero campaign to Isiolo

According to her, the country will only succeed in its endeavors when Kenyans confront retrogressive cultural practices affecting children, including female genital mutilation (FGM) and early marriages.

“I believe together, we can build a Kenya where young girls are preparing for school not for marriage. In every child lies hope that the future will be brighter and the only gift we can bestow on them is to remove barriers that shut down their beautiful dreams,” she said.

Challenging Wajir residents and all Kenyans to demonstrate their love for those affected and infected by the HIV/AIDS, the First Lady said the country has an obligation to face the high levels of HIV related stigma amongst the population.

“The more than 600 people living with HIV in this county require support to access lifesaving medication. Stigma costs lives, alienates children, mothers, sisters, and brothers while at the same time denying them opportunities to get fully engaged in social development.

“This deprivation is not only a human rights violation but has profound consequences on the health of the community as well as the physical and psychological well being of those living with HIV,” the First Lady declared.

On devolution of health, she said, it should serve as a catalyst to bridge inequalities that exist across the country.

Wajir County Governor Ahme Abdullahi Mohamad paid glowing tribute to the First Lady for her untiring efforts of ensuring better health care services for Kenyans especially mothers and children.
He said his County government will procure two more similar mobile clinics to ensure more Wajir residents access better health services.

He said due to the vast distance between health facilities in the county and lack of manpower and inadequate drugs, the “Beyond Zero” mobile clinic will help in mitigating health challenges in the region.

Wajir became the seventh county to benefit from the First Lady's "Beyond Zero" mobile clinics after Isiolo, Taita Taveta, Narok, Samburu, Homa Bay and Baringo.

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