NAIROBI, 16 August 2018 (PSCU) – First Lady Margaret Kenyatta today held talks with the Chinese and Qatar envoys Ambassador Sun Baohong and Ambassador Jabor Bin Ali Al-Dosari respectively who paid her a courtesy call at State House, Nairobi.
The two envoys separately commended the First Lady for her vision and involvement in advocacy and provision of quality healthcare for Kenyans especially vulnerable women and children.
Ambassador Sun, who was the first to meet the First Lady, said China has been impressed by the work of the First Lady and the Chinese government is ready scale up its partnership with the Beyond Zero initiative to achieve the organization’s goals.
“We admire your good work of improving maternal health and reducing child mortality,” said Ambassador Sun.
The Chinese envoy briefed the First Lady on the forthcoming Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit in Beijing scheduled for September 2018 during which the Kenyan First Lady will give a key note address in a concurrent Programme organized by her Chinese counterpart Professor Peng Libyan.
The theme of meeting be to hosted by the Chinese First Lady will be “The AIDS Prevention and Control Advocacy” and will be held on 4th of September.
The Chinese top diplomat commended Kenya’s First Lady consistent leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS saying her splendid work is known worldwide and that her passion, diligence, resilience and steadfast commitment towards elimination of mother-to-child transmission of the HIV virus sets a good example that should be emulated by other nations.
“It is because of your passion and devotion to the fight against HIV/AIDS that the First Lady of China has invited you to give a speech during the meeting in Beijing expected to be attended by 40 African First Ladies,” said the Chinese Ambassador to Kenya.
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta expressed her gratitude to the Chinese envoy, saying for the last four years the embassy has been a strong supporter of the Beyond Zero campaign.
The Kenyan First Lady singled out medical equipment which the Beyond Zero has received from the Chinese government with the help of the embassy in Nairobi including the most recent specialized medical equipment worth Shs. 15 million.
The specialized medical equipment, which included infusion and microinjection pumps, were donated during the launch of the second strategic plan for the ‘Beyond Zero’ initiative and are installed in six health facilities in Nairobi and Tana River counties.
“We thank you for what you have done in the past and look forward for more collaboration. I also look forward for the visit to China and present my views on the HIV/AIDS,” said First Lady Margaret.
Further, the First Lady said that the Beyond Zero would require support, especially in training nurses who would continue to offer services through the mobile clinics, a request Ambassador Sun pledged offer support by facilitating the training of midwives to boost maternity services.
Shortly after meeting the Chinese ambassador, the First Lady hosted Qatar ambassador to Kenya Jabor Bin Ali Al-Dosari who lauded the Kenyan First Lady for helping women and children noting that her vision is similar to that of Qatar’s First Lady Sheikha Moza bint Nasser.
“Am impressed by your project. It is amazing to see that you and Qatar’s First Lady have a similar vision aimed at improving the society,” said the Qatar envoy.
Amb. Al-Dosari pointed out that the Qatar government is keen on improving its relations with Kenya through investments in various sectors and in this respect, the Qatari embassy in Nairobi has facilitated various visits by delegations from Qatar to familiarize themselves with the investment and trade environment in Kenya.
The Qatari envoy thanked the Kenyan Government for granting Qatar airlines approval to start direct flights from Doha to Moi International Airport, Mombasa in addition to the current daily three flights from Doha to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.
“This is the right time for us to partner and improve on the lives of our people,” said Amb. Al-Dosari.
While outlining her plans to scale up the Beyond Zero initiative going forward, First Lady Margaret Kenyatta expressed her desire to partner with the First Lady of Qatar to achieve the desired goals of improving healthcare in Kenya especially for the less privileged in society.