The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: First Lady Launch First Beyond Zero Mobile Clinic

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has launched the first fully kitted "Beyond Zero" mobile clinic at State House Nairobi.

Taita Taveta County is the first county to benefit from the 47 mobile clinics that are expected to improve access to health care for mothers and children in the counties.

"When we started the Beyond Zero campaign, I made a promise to raise funds to provide mobile clinics, to improve access to health care for mothers and children," the First Lady said.

Speaking at the function the Cabinet Secretary for Health James Macharia said the mobile clinic will bring hope to mothers who face pregnancy related complications in the country.

Macharia said the launch of the mobile clinic services is a key milestone in the health sector as it helps in ensuring easy access to affordable maternal and child health care services.

"Four months ago we never believed that indeed it will come to fruition, and so today we celebrate this key milestone," Macharia.

Taita Taveta Governor John Mruttu thanked the First Lady for her noble initiative which he said will make a big difference to the county's residents many of whom are sparsely spread and have difficulties accessing medical facilities.

"In that area we have people who sometimes walk for about 20 Km to access medical facilities. The population is spread out so far that we have some people who live in ranches and mining areas and hence have challenges accessing medical facilities," said Governor Mruttu.

The First Lady through her "Beyond Zero" campaign anticipates catalyzing national and international actions with a view to accelerating the realization of three Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The three MDGs are number 4 on reducing child mortality; goal number 5 on improving maternal health; and goal number 6 on combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.

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