Kenya's First Lady Commends E-Plus for Exemplary Pre-Hospital Care Services
Beyond Zero Medical Safari was launched on 12th September at Narok Stadium under the auspices of the Office of the First Lady of Kenya.
During the launch of new model of delivering health services dubbed Medical Safaris, an initiative of the Beyond Zero geared towards achieving Universal Health Coverage, the First Lady, Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta noted exemplary work by E-Plus on pre-hospital care saying that emergency medical and pre-hospital care is key in the universal Health Coverage.
Beyond Zero Medical Safari was launched on 12th September at Narok Stadium under the auspices of the Office of the First Lady of Kenya. The First Lady made the first stop at E-plus ambulanced and she was briefed on how E-plus has managed to operate Advanced Life Saving ambulances in the country contributing to reduced mortality and morbidity rate in the country.
Narok County Governor, Samuel Ole Tunai informed the First Lady that the county has extremely benefitted from the partnership with E-Plus. “We have partnered with E-Plus on ambulance services and as a result we have six E-plus ambulances in Narok County” said governor Tunai.
E-Plus Medical Director Dr. Muthoni Ntonjira showcased the ALS ambulance to the First Lady, Cabinet Secretary Health and other partners. She also demonstrated the process of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) which helps save a life after cardiac arrest.
Speaking during the launch, the First Lady noted that the initiative is aimed at bringing all partners together to ensure universal health coverage is a reality. “We have committed to leave no one behind. We have committed to remain responsive to critical challenges by offering integrated specialized services to all groups in our life-cycle – pregnant mothers and their babies, adolescents and young people, adult women and men and elderly persons,” said the First Lady.
She pointed out that the Beyond Zero initiative is committed to contributing to the President’s vision for universal healthcare by conducting medical safaris around the country.
At the same event, the First Lady, who is also the national champion for health, launched Narok County’s Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission (eMTCT) of HIV and Syphilis Plan that will contribute towards fast-tracking pre-validation of eMTCT. The First Lady expressed optimism that with shared conviction and solid partnerships, Kenya will achieve its goal of a healthy nation.
The integrated medical safaris programme will be implemented in collaboration with County Governments to enhance synergy towards universal healthcare and catalyze action towards strategic partnerships across counties, communities, the private sector and other Government agencies.
The event was attended by several partners among them, Cabinet Secretary for Health Sicily Kariuki, UNAIDS Regional Support Team, UNFPA Country Representative, AMREF, Kenya Red Cross, Philips, NHIF, Cancer among others