Ladies and Gentlemen,
Today I join you as we hand over the 22nd fully kitted Beyond Zero mobile clinic to Kakamega county.
However, I preside over this ceremony with a heavy heart. Just a few days ago we lost so many of our children to the barbaric and senseless killings at Garissa University.
The primary purpose of our Beyond Zero campaign is to save the lives of our mothers and children so that ultimately our children grow to be our pride and joy, and contribute positively to the future of our country. It is heartbreaking to see the efforts of parents to raise and educate their children brought to such a tragic end at the hands of terrorists.
Yesterday I had the opportunity to condole with families at the Chiromo Mortuary. It was a devastating experience and my heart goes out to all the relatives who have been forced to undergo this most painful experience. I am informed that about 10 families from this county were affected, I wish to pass on my condolences and prayers of comfort.
As Kenyans we must live to appreciate our diversity and shun the ignorance of intolerance for the sake of our children and future.
Ladies and gentlemen,
As I had promised when I started the campaign last year, today’s event is another milestone in the achievement of what we are doing to improve the health of Kenyan mothers and their children.
Our success to date would not have been possible without the kind support and goodwill from local philanthropists and other stakeholders including the government of kenya.
It is this support that has made it possible for us to gather here today to witness the realization of our dreams.
It is expected that the mobile clinic we are donating today will be used to deliver essential health services and strengthen response to emergency cases in the county. I am certain that together with other healthcare services including the free maternity program we will eventually bring the desired results to all Kenyans. This to ensure all mothers can celebrate the joys of motherhood and watch their children grow into healthy adults.
Ladies and gentlemen,
As we proceed with our pledge to deliver mobile clinics to every county, let us not forget that this initiative alone cannot bring about success. Success requires all actors in the health sector, especially county governments to expand this program to every corner of our country. It is this commitment that will secure our dream of bringing preventable deaths of mothers and children to zero.
Kakamega is a county blessed with an abundance of resources, rich culture, and populated by a hardworking people, let us join hands to make our common dream and destiny a reality.
Please now join me in handing over the mobile clinic kindly donated by Equity Foundation, to Mr. Wcyliffe Oparanya the Governor of Kakamega on behalf of the people of this great County.