, Wundanyi July 30 – It was joy and excitement as Taita/Taveta County today received the first fully kitted “Beyond Zero” mobile clinic from the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta.
This was ‘a dream come true for accessible medical care’ to the Taita/Taveta community as the First Lady handed over the mobile clinic keys to the county’s leadership led by Governor John Mruttu.
“When I learnt that over 5,500 Kenyan mothers die every year while giving life to the next generation and that over 100,000 children die annually from preventable diseases, I decided to do something about it,” she stated.
Speaking during the ceremony in Wundanyi town, the First Lady called on Kenyans to stop concealing HIV infected children but facilitate their treatment to enable them lead normal lives.
Saying with treatment, infected children can lead normal lives like others, the First Lady regretted that only two in every five HIV infected children are on life saving medicines.
She said saving lives is a collective responsibility and told both the National and County Governments to ensure Kenyans access quality health services.
“This mobile clinic should be used to deliver essential health services such as vaccination, ante natal care, treatment of sick children and parents, HIV testing and treatment. It will also be used to strengthen emergency services,” said the First Lady.
She regretted that while more than 90% expectant mothers in Taita Taveta County attend antenatal clinics, only half of them deliver in a health facility.
“Delivering at home puts the life of mothers and newborn children at risk,” she said.
The First Lady lauded the successful implementation of the free maternity services program countrywide by the Ministry of Health, saying it is the responsibility of all Kenyans to ensure that mothers deliver in an environment that promotes their dignity and safety.