First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has told Kenyans to take advantage of the high concentration of mobile telephones in the country to address some of the most pressing challenges in health and agriculture.
She said Kenya is blessed to have one of the largest concentration of mobile telephones across the world and this technological opportunity should be used to resolve the various challenges facing respective communities in the villages.
She said the services and location of the mobile clinics that the Beyond Zero Campaign has been distributing across the counties can be easily accessed and utilized if advertised through mobile telephone messages using local languages.
Similarly, farmers can be educated through positive telephone messages on emerging technologies including best value-addition practices, where to access markets and how to reduce the high levels of post harvest losses.
Mobile telephone messages can also be used to alert people on emergencies and caution on how to avoid life-threatening hazards like those being caused by the current El-Nino rains, she said.
The Sema-Doc tele-medicine health solution that was launched by the First Lady in August is one such initiative that leverages the use of the Mobile telephone to exchange medical information from one site to another electronically.
The First Lady spoke at Nyamaiya Stadium in Nyamira when she handed over the 35th fully kitted Beyond Zero Mobile Clinic to the County leadership today.
The Clinic, sponsored by Wemyss Charitable Trust, was received by Governor John Nyagarama on behalf of Nyamira people.
The First Lady called on the County Government to explore ways to locally process Nyamira’s enormous farm produce so that the benefits of value addition can end up with the farmers.
Besides coffee and tea, the county also produces huge amounts of bananas, cassava and sweet potatoes
The First Lady also asked the County Government to tap and support the highly innovative ideas from Nyamira’s energetic youth population and turn them into business start-ups.
She however cautioned the youth to steer clear of risky behavior that may put them in danger of contracting HIV/AIDS, adding that despite the strides made by Kenya to control the disease over the last ten years, the numbers of those being infected appear to be on the rise again.
“You are our future and we want you to grow up happy and healthy”, she told the youth.
The First Lady appreciated the various projects initiated in the county aimed at improving health facilities and services for the people of Nyamira including the construction of new facilities, the rehabilitation of old ones, the acquisition of critical equipment like dialysis machines and setting up CT scan imaging services.
She especially praised the partnership between the County Government and the ADRA-Czech Republic Organization through which some of the health resources have been established.
Through this partnership, observed the First Lady, Itibo SDA Health Centre has been upgraded into a functional and fully-equipped out-patient facility with an operational delivery room, maternity ward, a dental unit, inpatient wards and a capacity to conduct minor surgeries.
The First Lady called on the County Government to expand the partnership especially on areas of training for local medical personnel.
“I encourage the county government to explore ways of expanding this co-operation to include exchange programmes for local medical students to benefit from the advanced medical expertise from the Czech Republic”, said the First LadyThe First Lady congratulated Mrs. Naomi Nyagarama, for her efforts in championing the empowerment of women at all levels and leading the fight against Female Genital Mutilation which she said belongs to the past.
Earlier, the First Lady visited the Nyamira County Refferal Hospital accompanied by newly appointed Principal Secretary-Designate for Health, Dr. Nicholas Muraguri.
She toured the Maternity wing that incorporates the labour , delivery, post-natal and nursery units.