Nairobi County Governor Ann Kananu has vowed to elevate healthcare services in the county pledging affordable access to healthcare for all.
Speaking on Sunday during a women’s event organized by local comedian Erick Omondi in Upper Hill, Kananu said she wants to compliment President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Universal Health Care agenda, which is part of the Big Four Agenda.
“My administration will make sure that healthcare is affordable to everyone, especially for the people in informal settlements,”
She said maternal healthcare provision in Nairobi’s informal settlements needs to be improved, so that mortality rate among young children is reduced.
“We all know that children are gifts from God. We will do whatever it takes to protect the lives of young children and their mothers,”
The function was attended by over 300 expectant women whose aim was to promote childbirth and recognize children in the society.
The Governor also fully paid maternity fees for 20 expectant women.
“The lives of the unborn children must be protected. Children are our future leaders,”
She said healthcare services will be available in all the 17 sub counties of Nairobi before the next general election.
According to a recent survey, over 70 percent of Nairobi’s population live in the informal settlement.
Majority of the residents are in Dagoreti, Lang’ata, Kibera, Mathare, Mukuru, Kamkunji, Jerusalem, Kajiji, Motherland, Angola, Digo Kitui among other areas.
Kananu also thanked President Uhuru for rolling out the Kazi Mtaani Programme, which is going to give the youth a livelihood, especially during these hard economic times.
She however said women ought to be given 50 percent opportunity in the ongoing registration of the Kazi Mtaaani Youth Programme.
“We must ensure that everyone gets an equal opportunity,”