First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has praised the duties nurses are playing in promoting primary health care in the country.
The First Lady appreciated the sacrifices of nurses in the country for delivering better services in maternal and child health services especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“That is why we shall be appreciating nurses who have been on the frontline working during the pandemic at the Beyond Zero Summit to be held in September this year,” the First Lady said.
She added, “They have been exceptional. They have worked tirelessly and sacrificed themselves as dedicated caregivers.”.
Speaking on Thursday April 8 during a virtual Beyond Zero technical working group meeting that drew participants from the Ministry of Health, National Aids Control Council (NACC), National AIDS and STI Control Programme (NASCOP), development and implementing partners as well as civil society organizations, the first lady reaffirmed her commitment to continue contributing towards the improvement of Kenya’s health system.
“Beyond Zero will focus on investment at the primary health level through the refurbishment of community life centres,” she said.
Beyond Zero’s programs are guided by two blueprints, the Strategic Framework on Engagement for HIV Control and Promotion of Maternal Child Health of 2013 to 2017 and the Strategic Framework for the Engagement of the First Lady in the Promotion of Healthy Lives and Wellbeing of Women, Children and Adolescents of 2018 to 2022.
According to reports both the Linda mama initiative and the Beyond zero campaigns have been effective in improving maternal and neonatal health.
Since the inception of the Beyond Zero Campaign in 2013, Stunting reduced from 35 per cent to 26 per cent, while exclusive breastfeeding improved from 32 per cent to 61 per cent.
“Our successes have been many and the impact has been encouraging. There has been positive transformation in reducing preventable maternal and child deaths. The clarion call that ‘no woman should die while giving life’ remains central to Beyond Zero’s work,” First Lady Margaret Kenyatta said.