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SPEECHBYH.E.

MARGARETKENYATTA,THEFIRSTLADYOFTHEREPUBLICOF
KENYA,DURINGTHEOFFICIALHANDINGOVEROFTHE18THFULLYKITTED
BEYONDZEROMOBILECLINICTOLAIKIPIACOUNTY
ONTHURSDAYJANUARY22nd,2015

DistinguishedGuests,
LadiesandGentlemen,
ItgivesmegreatpleasuretojoinyouinyourbeautifulCountytodaytohandoverthe18thfully
kittedmobileclinicproudlysponsoredbytheBeyondZerocampaign.

Isincerelythankyouforthewarmwelcomeyouhaveaccordedustoday.Welookforwardto
establishingagoodworkingpartnershipbetweenthepeopleandleadershipofLaikipiaCountyandthe
BeyondZeroteamforthebenefitofmothersandchildrenofthisgreatcounty.

Ihavestatedonnumerousoccasionsthatallourcollectiveenergiesandresourcesneedtobeharnessed
toensurethatnomotherorchilddiesofpreventablecausesinthisdayandage.

Withtheaveragedistanceof15kmtothenearesthealthfacilityinLaikipia,itiscrucialthat
wegetadditionalmobileclinicsontheground.Thiswillgreatlyeasetheplightofpregnantwomen
whoneedquickaccesstomedicalfacilitiesduringlabourandupondelivery.

Butonemobileclinic,thoughagoodstart,willnotbeenoughtoserveeveryoneinthisvastcounty.
TheCountyGovernmentshouldmobilisemorefundstothehealthsectortomakecritical
facilitiesavailabletothepeopleofLaikipia.

TheaimoftheBeyondZerocampaignistominimiseandeventuallybringtoanendmothertochild
transmissionofHIVduringchildbirth,ineffectenablingustobepartofthesolution.

ThespreadofHIVmustconcernallofus.StatisticsfromtheMinistryofHealthshowsthatbytheend
of2013,10,324peoplewerelivingwiththevirusinLaikipia,withchildrenconstituting13percent.

Thisisahugenumbertakingintoaccountthat73percentofresidentshadnottestedforHIVby2009.
Therefore,allthenecessaryandurgentmeasurestostemthisworryingtrendneedtobetaken.

Inowwishtotakethisopportunitytoinviteyoutojoinusonthe8thofMarchfortheFirstLady'sHalf
MarathoninNairobitoraisemorefundsforthepurchaseofadditionalmobileclinics.

However,makesureyoupractiseandpreparesufficientlysothatyouwillbeabletocompletethe
race.Icantellyoufromexperiencethatitrequiresyourphysicalandmentalfacultiestobeattheir
best.

Besidesrunningtoraisemoney,themarathongivesparticipantstheadditionalbenefitsofensuring
theyremainingoodhealth.

Physicalinactivityisthefourthleadingriskfactorforglobalmortalityandcontributes6percentof
deathworldwide.DatafromtheWorldHealthOrganisationrevealsthatmorethan60percentofthe
worldspopulationisnotphysicallyactive.

Whenyoujoinmeintheforthcomingmarathon,youwillbejoiningglobaleffortstoreduce
unnecessaryandprematuredeathsoccasionedbyinactivityandlackofexercise.Thesestandatone
deathforevery10peopleworldwide.

InowrequestyoutojoinmetohandoverthefullykittedBeyondZeromobileclinictoGovernor
JoshuaIrunguonbehalfofthepeopleofLaikipiaCounty.

ThankyouandGodblessyou.