Homa Bay County suffers the weight of HIV/AIDS infections

First Lady, Margaret Kenyatta with Homa Bay County Governor Cyprian Awiti.

Homa Bay County records one of the highest HIV infections in Kenya, with 12,000 new infections every year, and over 4,500 children dying last year due to HIV/AIDS complications.

These statistics were revealed, when the Beyond Zero campaign entourage, led by first lady, Margaret Kenyatta visited the county to donate the fifth fully kitted Mobile Clinic.

Mrs. Kenyatta told residents of the lakeside county that she would do everything in her power to assist control the situation.

“Reports show that HIV infection in Homa Bay is one of the highest. I pledge to provide the requisite support to ensure the well being of our people,” she said.

She appealed to residents of the county, whose economic mainstay revolves around fishing to change their attitude if the goal of reducing the rate of infections and deaths was to be achieved.

The Mobile Clinics are part of Mrs. Kenyatta’s determination to ensure pregnant mothers deliver their babies safely, as well as making sure preventable and curative diseases are treated before deaths occur.

The Mobile Clinics are supposed to compliment level 5 hospitals by ensuring health services are brought closer to underserved Kenyan communities.

Speaking at the same function, Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said the Government has set aside KES 34bn to upgrade two hospitals in all 47 counties to level 5, in order to improve health care.

Statistics by the Ministry of Health indicate that 21 women die every day in Kenya while giving birth, putting the country on the world map as one of the the highest with maternal death incidents, which are otherwise preventable.

The first lady’s initiative intends to deliver the Mobile Clinics to all of Kenya’s 47 counties. So far, she has delivered in person to the counties of Taita Taveta, Narok and Samburu.