30 November 2016

Kenya: First Lady Hands Over Medical Consignment to Consolata Hospital Kyeni, Embu County.

press release

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta today handed over the medical supplies and equipment to Consolata Hospital Kyeni in Embu County.

The Ksh 40 million consignment of medical supplies and equipment, is the second batch of a donation by America's Commission on Urgent Relief and Equipment popularly known as Project C.U.R.E.

The benevolent healthcare foundation is one of the largest non-profit organizations in the world that delivers medical supplies and equipment to over 130 developing countries.

Speaking during the handing over ceremony, the First Lady said the medical supplies and equipment will boost healthcare provision by the health facility which begun in 1933 as a dispensary and got upgraded to a hospital in 1965.

She observed that the Consolata Hospital has had a major impact on the lives of many Kenyans.

The First Lady commended the hospital for improving its health systems as it moves to scale up its service provision to Kenyans.

She said it's due to its efforts to secure quality healthcare for Embu residents that it was awarded the Johnson and Johnson's Best Maternity in Eastern.

"The well- equipped new modern wing which was opened a few months ago, and part of which we are commissioning today, is indeed a true testament of the efforts being made to secure quality healthcare for the people of Embu County," said the First Lady.

The First Lady delivered the first container of medical supplies and equipment worth Ksh 40 million to Chemolingot District Hospital in Baringo County in July this year.

At today's function, the First Lady reminded Kenyans of the need to join hands to win the global war against HIV/AIDS.

She said as the world marks World Aids day tomorrow, Kenyans will be celebrating the progress the country has made in the fight against the disease which has claimed millions of lives and left many destitute.

"Tomorrow we will celebrate the wins we have made over this disease that once claimed millions of lives, left millions of orphaned children and robbed our country of a strong working force of men, women and youth.," said the First Lady.

She thanked the Government and its partners for allocating funds and resources to communities, enabling them to join the advocacy and fight stigma and discrimination associated with the disease.

The First Lady said through these initiatives, HIV positive people have been offered hope to live normal productive lives.

"Thank you to all of you who, in your own way, are ensuring that fear no longer dominates our dialogue on HIV, and that we are registering fewer and fewer casualties and new infections of this disease. Today, we can be grateful that hope for HIV positive individuals now abounds," said the First Lady.

Adding: "We all have seen our loved ones, relatives, friends living positively with HIV, they are the face of resilience and the testimony of triumph over fear. They are our proud victory."

She said the resilience shown by those infected by the virus continue to remind all Kenyans on the need to stand together as a nation in solidarity against the disease.

The First Lady regretted that currently teenagers are more affected by the disease, threatening the country's future.

"So, we must keep working and keep spreading the information about the risks to our youth because only then will we move closer to victory and win this war" the First Lady said.

Earlier on arrival, the First Lady was conducted on a tour of the hospital where she also commissioned a renal unit.

Embu County Governor Martin Wambora and Runyenjes Member of Parliament Cecily Mbarire thanked the First Lady for her kind gesture, saying her commitment to maternal and child health will forever be engrained in the minds of Kenyans.

"It is not a mean achievement you have done for us, Kenyans. I really admire your passion and compassion for the children and women of this country," said the Runyenjes MP.

Other speakers included Embu Catholic Bishop Paul Njiru who commended the First Lady for initiating programs that have addressed the healthcare needs of Kenyans across the country.

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