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President Uhuru's Madaraka Day goodies

03 June 2013, 09:32 Dennis Omido

Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta directed public hospitals across the country to offer free services to pregnant mothers.

President Kenyatta made the announcement in his speech during 50th Madaraka Day celebrations at Nyayo Stadium, Nairobi.

“With respect to health, my government has made adequate budgetary arrangements to enable all pregnant mothers to access free maternity services in all public health facilities, with effect from 1st June 2, 2013. Consequently, I direct that no charges of whatever nature shall be imposed by government health institutions to access maternity services,” said the President.

The President further directed the scraping off of KES 10 and KES 20 user fees that dispensaries and health centres have been charging also with effect from 1st June 2013.

“These measures are expected to increase access to required services by all pregnant mothers. They will also increase access to primary healthcare services in government health centres and dispensaries by all Kenyans,” the President noted.

The government has also proposed KES 17 billion in the next financial year towards food security.

“The allocation will be committed to on-going irrigation projects countrywide as well as initiating the one million acres irrigation programme,” said the President.

The youth and women have also been allocated KES 6 billion to access credit for starting or expanding small businesses, with KES 20 million equally distributed in each constituency as a Revolving Fund.

The President also said that the government will establish the National Gender and Development Council and further remodel the National Youth Council as institutions that will transform the mainstreaming approach into tangible and practical solutions.

President Kenyatta also assured the 1.4 million pupils joining Standard One next year that they will get laptops, saying that resources will be set aside for building the capacity of teachers in lower primary schools, content development, the deployment of computer labs in ten schools per constituency and for the connection of power to schools identified for provision of laptops but do not have power.

The ministries and government agencies concerned with these programmes are expected to implement them expeditiously.

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