Ahadi Kenya and Lotto foundation donate ambulance to county
Ahadi Kenya and Lotto foundation Wednesday donated an ambulance dubbed “Machining Ambulance’ to boost maternal health in Garissa County.
The ambulance which will be attached to Shantaabaq health center in Lagdera constituency will help reduce infant/maternal deaths among the rural population. The ambulance is fitted with an Ultra Sound machine.
According to the Kenya Demographic and Household Survey (KDHS), maternal deaths in Garissa stand at 1000 for every 100,000 live births against the national average of 643.
Speaking when he officially handed over their 26th ambulance, Ahadi Kenya CEO Dr. Stanley Kamau said the vehicle would assist mothers from the far flung areas who were unable to access health care facilities because of the distance.
“Garissa, is one of the counties that is doing very well in maternal health; the ambulance is going to add more value in saving lives as it provides 24 hour emergency assistance,” he said.
He lauded the First Lady Mrs. Margret Kenyatta for her Beyond Zero campaign which showed her concern for mothers and their children and asked Kenyans to support her initiatives.
Kamau called for support to people spearheading projects that are beneficial to society adding that such individuals should not be targeted because of their political affiliation, regional or ethnic background.
“When somebody does well, it is always important that you support that person to be able to do more. You don’t discontinue the services of such a person,” he said.
Receiving the donation, Garissa Governor’s wife Mrs. Amina Abdullahi said the additional effort will boost facilitation of referral services in the county.
“Our concerted effort towards improvement of maternal, new born and child health is not in vain,” she said.
By Jacob Songok