Taita Taveta County has received a first fully kitted mobile clinic from General Motors East Africa that was officially handed over to county authorities by first Lady, Margaret Kenyatta through her Beyond Zero Campaign launched in April this year.
The clinic will compliment level 4 hospitals in providing minor operations such as male circumcision, pre and post natal services.
The campaign aims to reduce maternal deaths caused by lack of accessibility to health facilities by mothers.
“Environment is a key factor in the health of mothers and new born babies. Out of the 90 per cent pregnant women who attend clinics for the first time, only half deliver at a health facility,” said Mrs. Kenyatta.
Taita Taveta County has one of the highest maternal deaths incidents in Kenya with an estimated 600 women dying of pregnancy related cases, said Cabinet Secretary James Macharia.
General Motors East Africa Managing Director Rita Kavashe asked for more support for the initiative from corporation within the private sector.
Use of mobile clinics is an effective strategy for delivering health services to Kenyans in inaccessible areas. The clinics can also assist government scale up health intervention services for preventable and curative diseases. The mobile clinic is equipped to handle minor surgeries like male circumcision to reduce the prevalence of HIV/Aids.