First Lady Margaret Kenyatta today asked fishermen and fish-mongers in Kisumu County to stop engaging in risky behaviour that exposes them to the HIV virus.
She said the highly irresponsible lifestyle that some fishermen and mongers engage in has unfortunately become the source of vulnerability to HIV and AIDS.
As a result of the scourge, she said, many innocent children have been rendered orphans and many others left under the care of relatives and aging grandparents.
The First Lady was concerned that by end of 2013, Kisumu county had 134,826 people living with AIDS, 12 per cent of them innocent children.
“We must stop any risky behaviour that can lead to the spread of HIV/AIDS that is eventually passed on to innocent children”, said the First Lady when she handed over the 24th Beyond Zero Mobile Clinic to Kisumu County during an event held at the Otieno Oyoo Seconday School Grounds. The facility was donated by Tullow Oil.
The First Lady told famers in Nyanza to explore alternative methods of fish production rather than over-reliance and over-fishing in Lake Victoria.
She told the farmers to consider fresh water fish pond farming which is more predictable in terms of planning and management.
The First Lady said it was gratifying that school attendance amongst girls in the larger Nyanza region had been enhanced.
“We can make faster progress as a nation if we ensure our women and girls receive the right education. Education enables women to work, raise healthy families and contribute to the economy of the nation”, she said
She told the youth in Kisumu to take advantage of the recently launched Nyalenda slum upgrading programme by taking up available jobs not only to earn their daily upkeep but also generate seed money to start their own businesses
The First Lady called on the leadership of Kisumu to plan how best they can exploit and harness the many natural resources in the county including the abundance of water and agriculturally rich soils for the benefit of the people.
She assured Kisumu people of her commitment, in partnership with County leadership, to improve family health and to keep all mothers and children alive.
Earlier, the First Lady visited Mama Ngina Children’s Home accompanied by Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma among other leaders from the County.