REPUBLIC OF KENYA

Kenya First lady launches campaign to raise nurses’ status. Nairobi, KENYA Thursday August 23, 2018

The First Lady HE Margaret Kenyatta and the Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki together with the Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. Rashid Aman are joined by nurses for a group photograph after the opening of Nurses Now Kenya Campaign today.

Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki addressing nurses ahead of a procession for the opening of Nurses Now Kenya Campaign today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki and the Chief Administrative Secretary, Dr. Rashid Aman flag off a procession for the opening of Nurses Now Kenya Campaign today.

Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki ,the Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. Rashid Aman and the Principal Secretary Eng Peter Tum join nurses in a procession walk for the opening of Nurses Now Kenya Campaign today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Lady of the Republic of Kenya Margaret Kenyatta today launched the Nursing Now campaign to help promote the vital work of nurses nationally.

The three-year global campaign run in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses and the World Health Organization, is being launched to improve health globally by raising the profile and status of nurses worldwide.

Running until the end of 2020, the campaign aims to improve perceptions of nurses, enhance their influence and maximize their contributions to ensuring that everyone everywhere has access to health and healthcare.

During the launch, Health Cabinet Secretary, Sicily Kariuki praised the First Lady immense contribution to the progress of health in the country in particular the control of HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health.

She singled out the Beyond Zero campaign which has complemented government’s interventions in maternal and child health as well as the progress towards zero HIV infections.

The CS noted that Kenya is steadily gaining ground towards achieving its Vision 2030, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the national constitution’s mandate of the right to health.

“Our development agenda in the next four years is now to attain Universal health coverage by the year 2022 and this can only be attained through a well-motivated, highly skilled and fully engaged Health Workforce which is the backbone of any functional Health System,’ she argued.

She pointed out that Kenya has a total of 60,579 registered Nurses and Midwives, 38,000 of which are in the public sector. The CS also noted that although 11,000 Nurses and midwives graduate in Kenya every year, nursing care in Kenya is understaffed by about 50 percent.

She called upon the Nurses and Midwives to embrace approaches that are patient centered and responsive to the comprehensive needs of patients, in recognition that health is not just the absence of disease, but the state of complete physical, mental and social well being.

The Ministry of Health she added will embrace dialogue towards finding lasting solutions to labor issues in the health sector in collaboration with the County Governments through the Council of Governors towards a motivated and engaged workforce.

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