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First Lady Margaret Kenyatta donates 10th clinic to Kitui

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By PSCU | November 12th 2014

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has urged county governments to use devolved funds to purchase more mobile clinics to meet increased health needs of Kenyans.

The First Lady said introduction of free maternity services in public health facilities by the Government had increased the number of pregnant women attending both ante-natal and post-natal clinics.

"By using devolved funds or money from the Constituency Development Fund, county leaderships can, without delay, purchase more mobile clinics to ensure health services are brought closer to the people," she said.

She spoke today at Ithookwe Grounds, Kitui town when she donated the 10th fully equipped mobile clinic under Beyond Zero campaign to Kitui County.

She commended the Kitui county leadership for boosting the Beyond Zero initiative by purchasing two more mobile clinics to ensure health services are brought closer to the people.

HIV transmission

Ms Kenyatta stressed the need for more investment in health infrastructure to cope with increased demands.

"Our journey will continue beyond the 47 mobile clinics as we seek to ensure a bright future for our mothers and children," she said after presenting the mobile clinic, donated by Kenya Commercial Bank to Governor Julius Malombe.

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Provision of medical services and facilities, she said, will enable the country to achieve its goal of eliminating HIV transmission from mother-to-child, and lower the prevalence below the national average.

Noting that the 'Beyond Zero' initiative is progressing well, the First Lady said through the goodwill of Kenyans, the goal of providing fully-kitted mobile clinics to all 47 counties is well on course.

"I look forward to all Kenyans joining me for the second edition of the First Lady's Half Marathon in Nairobi next year, in support of the 'Beyond Zero' campaign," she said.

Ms Kenyatta challenged Governors and County leaders to ensure full public participation in all development activities within their borders to ensure sustainability of projects.

She also stressed the need for tightened security in all parts of the country, to deter criminals from using urban centres as transit points to Nairobi and beyond.

POLITICAL INCLINATION

Kitui leaders urged politicians to keep the First Lady's campaign out of politics. "The mobile clinics have gone to counties based on the maternal and child health needs and not political inclination," said Malombe.

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