First lady, Margaret Kenyatta, has given Wajir County its second mobile clinic through her Beyond Zero campaign on Monday, January 1, 2016.
The Wajir county is the only county that was given a second mobile clinic in the entire 47 counties for emerging the best in the use of the clinic.
The county won the heart of the initiative after it saw a dramatic decrease in the rate of maternal mortality death, transmission of HIV and AIDs through mother to child and aiding nutrition cases.
Following inauguration by Wajir county first lady Rukia Abdinasir, the mobile clinic will begin its operations at Hubsoy town, Wajir south sub-county.
Quoting Rukia Abdinasir
We want to change the narrative that Kenya is the worst place to be pregnant and give birth by bringing services closer to the remotest place and aid pastoralists even when they are on the move.
Applauding the campaign, the executive committee of health of Wajir county, Rukia Maalim, thanked the efforts of partners like NGOs and Corporate businesses in holding the torch for beyond zero campaign.
Sh also appreciated the joint help on providing equipment and on emergencies.
Together, we can inspire the importance of collective action and responsibility. Our main focus must be us all pulling resources to save lives.
The mobile clinic is furnished to a level-three hospital with necessary features such as pharmacy, consultation office, laboratory and maternity sections.
Since its establishment, the first mobile clinic has reached more than eight thousand adult, 9054 HIV tested individuals, 11,657 children, 214 nutrition cases, 33 deliveries, and over 1000 expectant mothers.
Founded in January 2014 by Margaret Kenyatta, the campaign is in partnership with the government and aims at making cutbacks in Kenya’s maternal and infant mortality rates.
According to the founder of the initiative, the campaign has so far been able to raise millions of shillings through donations from private-public sector partnership, individual philanthropists, the media, the UN family, national and county governments.