All 47 Counties to get Beyond Zero mobile clinics, says Kenyatta
07 March 2016, 15:18
Nairobi - Thousands of Kenyans Sunday participated in the third edition of the First Lady Half Marathon held in Nairobi, raising hopes that maternal deaths will soon be eradicated in the country.
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, her Rwandese counterpart Janet Kagame and the wife of Deputy President William Ruto Sunday took part in the 10km race, in the beyond Zero campaign which seeks to raise funds to protect Kenyan mothers from maternal deaths.
Speaking after the race, Mrs Kenyatta said the funds raised in the race will see the purchase and equipping of mobile clinics in 11 counties in the country that did not earlier get the clinics.
“Today we have collectively managed to raise money to buy fully stocked Beyond Zero mobile clinics for the remaining 11 counties that were yet to receive them,” she said.
“We have already established partnerships with the other 36 counties to support the stocking and refurbishment of the existing clinics,” added the First Lady.
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She revealed plans of expanding the scope of Beyond Zero Campaign to include other health services, apart from focusing on maternal deaths alone.
“My faith is stronger now, we do not have to stop at mobile clinics, together we can transform the country’s health landscape, we can refurbish the existing health facilities in rural areas, we can build fully fledged state of the art hospitals across the country,” said Margaret .
“We do not have to stop, because runners don’t just aim to win but to break records. We can break records together, If we keep pushing , keep running , keep going, keep giving, Kenya won’t just win this race against Zero maternal deaths , but we shall do so in record time, before 2030,” she added.
Rwandan First Lady said the Beyond Zero campaign resonates across Kenya’s regional borders and lauded Margaret Kenyatta for starting the initiative, noting that it is important as it creates awareness on the need to create access to basic health services.
“It is through such strategic programs based on consistent advocacy efforts resulting from strong public private partnerships that we will get closer to eradicating preventable diseases and conditions that claim too many lives of our own people,” said Janet.
Sahle-Work Zewde, the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi, said the international community recognizes the good work Mrs Kenyatta is doing and pledged to continue offering support.
“The UN family who proudly call Kenya home is behind you, we shall continue mobilizing greater participation in this noble cause,” promised Ms Zewde.
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