REPUBLIC OF KENYA

11 counties to recieve fully equiped mobile clinics, as Kenyans paint Nairobi city purple

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 6– Kenyans from all walks of life turned out for this year’s Beyond Zero Campaign Marathon, raising enough funds to purchase fully staffed mobile clinics for the remaining 11 Counties.

These Counties are; Tana River, Kirinyaga, Murang’a, Nandi, Vihiga, Busia, Transzoia, Migori, Garissa and Nairobi.

First Lady of Rwanda Jeannette Kagame, various government officials, international NGOs, athletes, women, men and children all joined Kenya’s First Lady Margaret Kenyatta in turning Nairobi City purple.

“The faith is stronger now than ever before and we don’t have to stop at mobile clinics. We can refurbish the entire health system across our country; from every village to every town because we are runners and runners never stop. They aim to break records,” said Mrs. Kenyatta.

Beyond Zero Campaign is based on four thematic areas and the marathon is just part of the bigger goal. Its aim is to accelerate economic and social development in Kenya by facilitating a healthy Nation.

The Campaign continues advocating for maternal, neonatal and child health through various programmes. These include preventing and treating HIV transmissions, providing healthcare for pregnant mothers, increasing accessibility to immunization schedules, provision of mosquito nets, encouraging exclusive breastfeeding of all infants for the first six months and increasing awareness on cancer prevention.

“We have once again proved that we can get to zero maternal deaths; zero infant deaths and zero HIV transmissions,” added the First Lady.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is away on official duty in Ghana, also took the time to address those who had gathered at the Nyayo National Stadium and congratulated them for their commitment to the Beyond Zero Campaign via a recorded video message.

Deputy President William Ruto noted that the entire Beyond Zero Campaign complemented the health programmes that the National Government had recently embarked on. Among these programmes are free maternity and the revamping of referral hospitals.

On his part, Health Cabinet Secretary Cleophas Mailu observed that reducing maternal and infant deaths would go a long way in driving the future economic aspects of the country. He further applauded the First Lady for adding her voice and energy to the country’s health agenda.

“We must sustain the tempo so that in future, we continue investing in our children and mothers. Investing in them is an important factor in building our country’s economy,” he said.

Mrs. Kagame echoed the Deputy President’s sentiments noting that the Campaign had had far reaching implications on the promotion of health services.

Since its inception on January 24 2014, 36 Counties have received fully functional mobile clinics. In these clinics, pregnant women get free prenatal care and children get free immunization. ARVs, antimalarials and insulin are also available. Priority in the allocation of mobile clinics was given to Counties with the highest infant and maternal deaths. This year’s marathon hoped to raise more than Sh350 million.