First Lady Margaret Kenyatta today met the members of the Senate Standing Committee on Health and the National Assembly Lady Spouses Association (NALSA) who paid her a courtesy call at State House Nairobi.
During the meeting, the MPs and NALSA pledged support to the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta’s noble initiative of improving the health of Kenyans.
Members of the Senate Committee on Health led by the chairperson Dr. Mohammed Kuti appreciated the First Lady for her efforts in promoting maternal and child health issues in the country.
“We are very humbled to have you as our First Lady. The impact of the ‘Beyond Zero’ initiative is above our imagination,” said Dr. Kuti.
The committee congratulated the First Lady for ‘leading by example’ by participating in last year’s London Marathon besides organizing Nairobi half marathons to raise funds and awareness on health challenges facing women and children in Kenya.
“Your initiative is being felt world-wide; indeed you are a household name globally. We really appreciate what you are doing” said the senator.
The committee briefed the First Lady on its activities and expressed willingness to partner with the First Lady’s Beyond Zero initiative to scale up its activities to achieve zero maternal and child mortality objectives.
The committee also briefed the First Lady on the Laws it has formulated to ensure Kenyans enjoy good health services.
The committee proposed specific partnership options on health with the office of the First Lady to ensure gains achieved through the Beyond Zero initiative are sustained at the grassroots level.
Committee members pledged to use all forums at their disposal to create awareness amongst communities on the available health facilities including Beyond Zero clinics and the free maternal health services.
They said as a Senate committee, they are lobbying for more funds towards the health sector to ensure a healthy population able to achieve the country’s development agenda.
Senators Zipporah Kittony and Beth Mugo expressed their gratitude to the First Lady saying Beyond Zero initiative is now a popular talk in the health sector.
“We really appreciate your efforts, this initiative is a noble project which requires proper framework in the future to attract budgetary provisions,” said senator Mugo.
Other members of the committee who included Senators Abdirahman Hassan, Mvita Mshenga and Professor Wilfred Lesan said the First Lady has chosen an ideal sector which will ensure Kenyans progress to achieve the middle income status country.
“Beyond Zero has lowered maternal and child mortality rates in the country. You have made a lot of impact not only in Kenya but also in Africa and beyond,” the committee members said.
The First Lady thanked them for their work saying she is ready to ‘partner with them’ to improve on the welfare of Kenyan mothers and children.
The National Assembly Lady Spouses Association (NALSA) board members led by their chairperson Jackie Kiaraho also pledged to partner with the First Lady in building a strong health and cohesive nation.
The MPs spouses said, for Kenya to progress, there is need to restore national values as a pillar of a stable nation.
During the meeting, the First Lady accepted a request by the association to be its patron.
“I feel the work you are doing is extremely important and I will be honoured to be your patron,” she said.
The First Lady pledged to support the association in its efforts to cascade the beyond Zero initiative at the grass roots.
”I just want you to keep up with the work that we are all doing,” she added.