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Kenya Among World’s Most Dangerous Places to be Pregnant – First Lady

Kenya’s First Lady has said Kenya continues to rank in the top-ten African countries, tadalafil physician http://chutneyrestaurant.ca/wp-includes/rewrite.php where maternal health and child mortality lags.

According to Mrs. Kenyatta, http://courtneybarnett.com.au/wp-admin/includes/deprecated.php the country is perceived as one of the most dangerous countries for a woman to be pregnant and give birth.

The First Lady said it is unacceptable for over 5,500 women to die annually as a result of pregnancy and related complications.

She said its was saddening that one out of 26 Kenyan children die before reaching  the age of one year while one out of 19 children die before celebrating their fifth birthday according to the 2014 Kenya Demographic Health Survey.

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta today said there is need to introduce smarter and sustainable models to address the deplorable high numbers of maternal and child deaths in the country even as the Beyond Zero campaign was hailed as a highly gratifying and transformative initiative.

The first lady was addressing key stakeholders of the Beyond Zero campaign, including  Diplomats, Government Departments,  the Corporates, the Media, UN agencies, spouses of County Governors , members of women parliamentary Association and  the civil society among others, during a breakfast meeting she hosted at State House, Nairobi on Tuesday.

During the meeting, the First Lady launched the 3rd Edition of the First Lady’s Half Marathon slated for March 6, and released a technical report detailing the successes and challenges faced by the Beyond Zero initiative.

“The campaign (Beyond Zero) remains a high priority initiative today as it was two years ago,” she said.

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Mrs. Kenyatta said the country has an opportunity to leap-frog the efforts made over the past years in improving healthcare delivery in Kenya.

“Together we must galvanize our efforts, and look forward in order to address the issues that continue to challenge us.

But even as the First lady called for scaled-up and smarter initiatives to reduce maternal and child deaths in the country, Co-operative Bank Chief Executive Officer Dr. Gedion Muriuki hailed the Beyond Zero campaign as a highly gratifying and transformative initiative.

Principal Secretary for Health Dr. Nicholas Muraguri said the initiative had catalyzed action and inspired change for the better among Kenyans.

More Kenyans are now able to access healthcare services including immunization, HIV/Aids testing and ante-natal care among other services, said the PS.

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