NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 5 – Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s wife Ida has urged the private sector to increase funding towards the development of the health sector in the country.
She said that investment in the provision of quality healthcare for Kenyans cannot be done by the government alone.
The Prime Minister’s wife said that quality health for all Kenyans was key to breaking the cycle of poverty and achieving the aspirations of Vision 2030.
“Investment in health is an important means of economic development,” she said adding that substantial improved healthcare will enable the country to break out of the vicious poverty trap. She was launching Nairobi Womens Hospital’s newly refurbished Hurlingam Branch.
Ida who has championed Safe Reproductive and Maternal Health Care, said that there was need to focus more on the health of women and children as they were the most vulnerable members of the society.
She called on women leaders to join her in advocating for women and defending issues that are important to women and their families.
She stated that better access to maternal health care will reduce pregnancy related deaths that occur each year and also help reduce child mortality rates.
“Access to pre- and antenatal care must be improved, as part of integrated efforts to establish a stronger and healthy nation,” she said.
She called upon employers to ensure that the working environment is conducive for workers as healthier workers are more productive.
She decried the increasing rate of teenage pregnancies is the society and called for concerted effort to curb the trend.
“Children born to teenage mothers are more vulnerable to neglect and abuse due to a range of factors including poverty, parenting inexperience and being in an unhealthy relationship for example when there is a situation of domestic violence,” she explained.
The Nairobi Women’s Hospital CEO Sam Thenya maintained that the institution, founded in 2001, is well equipped and staffed to handle all general medic al and surgical conditions.
He said the hospital will soon be open branches in other towns in the country.