, NAIROBI, Kenya Jul 5 – First Lady Margaret Kenyatta’s Beyond Zero campaign received a further boost after Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero and Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu launched a month long free medical camps to support the initiative to improve maternal and child healthcare in the country.
Speaking during the flagging off of a sensitization campaign for a medical camp to be held next weekend, Ngilu said it was unacceptable that 26 women continue to die every day when they are delivering.
“If women of Kenya counted in the last 50 years that we have been independent today we would not be talking about 26 women to continue dying daily. If we had two matatus killing 13 people inside, I am sure the world would stop and ask why, but because it is women it is okay we can continue to be statistics,” Ngilu asserted.
Kidero lauded the President’s directive to provide free maternal health care saying his County Government has been able to reduce the number of maternal death to 41 mothers from last year’s 84.
“I would like the other leaders that our mission in life is defined by the difference we make and by the lives that we change. If we reduce and eliminate the mortality rate of mothers and children in child birth, we will have given a better account of ourselves and we would have helped the First Lady achieved her dream,” said the Governor.
The medical camp seeks to improve the quality of health services for women and children, especially during child birth.
Kidero said the free maternity programme that is being implemented in the country has already yielded positive results.
The Nairobi Governor added that the county government will work together with the national government to improve healthcare facilities in city hospitals
Health Principal Secretary Fred Segor urged men to take interest in safe motherhood by ensuring their wives attend antenatal clinics.
“I want to use this opportunity to encourage our men to ensure that no woman will die as she is giving birth. I would like to also appeal to our pregnant women to come to antenatal clinics because that is where we can detect any irregularities in the pregnancy,” said Segor.