, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 21 – The First Lady’s ‘Beyond Zero’ campaign has received Sh11 million from the Agricultural and Industrial Holdings limited and the Kenya Nursing Council.
Members of Agricultural and Industrial Holdings Limited – led by Matu Wamae gave a cheque of Sh10 million and thanked the First Lady for coming out strongly to ensure women and children enjoy good health.
“We want to sincerely support you in this noble initiative. Your efforts through the Beyond Zero Campaign have helped in bringing to light challenges facing our mothers and children in accessing quality medical services,” said Wamae.
The Kenya Nursing Council Board members led by their chairperson Everlyne Rotich gave Sh1 million.
Speaking after receiving the donations the First Lady thanked the two organisations for their generosity saying they would go a long way to fulfilling her goals.
She challenged the nursing fraternity in the country always to handle patients with great care and sensitivity.
“We need to concentrate on compassion ,you must make sure every woman who comes to seek medical support gets dignified services,” said the First Lady.
Madam Rotich thanked the First Lady for leading Kenya’s efforts to meet Health Millennium Development Goals.
She said the First Lady’s efforts through the Beyond Zero campaign would help raise rates of skilled attendants at birth and lower maternal and infant deaths.
Also present were Dr. Peter Munga and the Director of Medical Services Nicholas Muraguri among others.
Later, the First Lady met with spouses of Heads of African Mission in Kenya who paid her a courtesy call.
The group – led by their chairperson, Madam Segomotso Raseto-Moreti, of Botswana commended the First Lady for championing quality health services for women and children.
“We have been observing with admiration your activities and efforts in ensuring women and children access quality medical care,” said madam Raseto-Moreti.
They pledged to support the First Lady in her endeavours and expressed optimism that other First Ladies in the continent would embrace the same vision.
The First Lady thanked them for their moral support saying Africa’s greatest asset is its people who must be taken care of.
“In this short time we have been running not just the marathon but to catch up with the Millennium Goals. As you are aware Kenya is still lagging behind, therefore you can join us in delivering the clinics,” the First Lady said.
She added that African countries needed to join hands and solve the continents problems.