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First Lady Margaret Kenyatta Wednesday launched a new model of delivering health services dubbed Medical Safaris in which a large array of medical service providers will come together to offer specialized services to the public at designated locations.

The new programme which is part of the enhanced Beyond Zero Initiative is part of the ongoing efforts geared towards achieving Universal Healthcare Coverage (UHC), a key component of the Government’s Big 4 development agenda.

Addressing Narok residents who thronged Narok Stadium in their hundreds to receive the specialized medical services, First Lady Margaret Kenyatta expressed her confidence that the Medical Safaris initiative will enhance the Government’s agenda for universal healthcare by providing access to all Kenyans.

“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.

The First Lady said the initiative would also advocate for many Kenyans especially women to enrol into the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) and the Linda Mama programme so as to protect them from financial hardships associated with healthcare.

“It is my hope that all Kenyans are protected against financial hardships associated with healthcare,” said the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta.

She observed that Kenya still has significant healthcare gaps, which affect citizens.

“We all still have a lot to do to eliminate HIV transmission and reduce maternal and child mortality,” said the First Lady.

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 three-day event began on Monday with various activities, among them the identification of women and girls who require treatment for obstetric fistula including their re-integration into their communities; registration and assessment of children with intellectual impairment; enrollment of pregnant women into the Linda Mama NHIF programme; eye care for older persons; screening of cancers including provision of routine services such as immunization, HIV testing and counselling.

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The Medical Safaris which at the core of the First Lady’s Beyond Zero 2ndStrategic Framework (2018-2022) that is anchored on the principle of leaving no one behind and adopts a life-cycle approach targeting pregnant women and newborns, infants and children, adolescents and young people, men, older persons and children with disabilities, and intends to increase the number of people with health coverage from the current 16.53 million to 25.74 million.

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.

Speaking at the event, Cabinet Secretary for Health Sicily Kariuki  commended the First Lady for catalyzing sustained dialogue on maternal and child healthcare, as well as elimination of mother-to-child transmissions.

The Health CS said the First Lady’s efforts have greatly contributed to increased awareness and sustained resource investment towards maternal and child healthcare.

“With the launch of the First Lady’s Beyond Zero Medical Safaris we can only be optimistic of scaling greater heights. We all join you in appreciating that maternal, newborn and child health is the gateway to family health, Universal Health Coverage and a wealthy nation,” said CS Kariuki.

Narok Governor Samuel Ole Tunai commended the First Lady for her efforts in championing healthcare for the less privileged in society saying she is the nation’s foremost healthcare ambassador.

“You have given the Kenyan mothers and children hope and the desire to soldier on,” said Governor Tunai.

Partners who included Executive Director of UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Eastern and Southern Africa Dr. Catherine Sozi, UNFPA Country Representative Dr. Ademola Olajide commended the First Lady for her passion and zeal to improve the healthcare provision especially for the less fortunate in the society.



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Frosty ties between police and Olenguruone residents

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Rossy Lang’at (center), the mother of Emmanuel Kipkoech, 17, a Form two student at Sugutek Secondary School being consoled after her son was shot on the right hip by a police officer while dispersing protestors at Mlango trading centre. [Kipsang Joseph, Standard]

Over the years, Kiptagich and Olenguruone police stations, which are barely 15km apart, have been hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Several times police officers at the stations who are supposed to be enforcers of the law have found themselves under sharp civilian criticism for breaking the same laws.
From deaths of civilians in their hands in unclear circumstances or by the law keepers’ bullets, to cases of assaults and drunk driving, the residents have found themselves demanding that the officers live up to the discipline as expected from the service.
Shockingly, the officers accused of breaking the law and some who have been arraigned have held senior positions at the two stations.
At the height of 1992 and 2007 post-election chaos, which are the worst the country has ever gone through, officers here were placed in a spot by human rights activists for taking sides based on ethnic lines.
Since then the relationship between villagers and the officers has been frosty. The residents appear to have lost confidence in the law enforcement officers and in some instances expressed their frustrations through violent protests.
In the most recent incident last weekend, at a roadblock erected at Mulango and manned by police officers attached to Kiptagich police station, officers flagged down a car bound for Tenwek Hospital in Bomet County.
The roadblock had been set up to stop movement of people from Nakuru County to Bomet County following a zonal lockdown that has since been lifted.

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The driver and the child’s mother are said to have disembarked from the vehicle to inform the police that they were rushing a sick child to hospital, but their plea landed on deaf ears.
Alex Tonui, a resident, explained that the two returned to their vehicle only to find that the child had already died, causing the woman to break down and attracting the attention of residents.
“The residents confronted the police officers. The situation escalated after more officers were deployed from Kiptagich and Olenguruone police stations,” said Tonui says.
A one-hour running battle between the police and the residents who had blocked the road left at least one civilian dead, police officers injured and property destroyed.
The deceased was identified as Emmanuel Kipkoech, a 17-year-old Form Two student at Kiptagich Secondary School.

Police at Olenguruone Police station in Kuresoi South, Nakuru county on May 4, 2021.[Kipsang Joseph, Standard]

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During a visit to the Kipkoech’s home yesterday, his mother Rossy Langat was inconsolable as she mourned the death of her son, who the family said they had great hopes on.
“My only son. Why did it have to be him? He was my only child,” she wailed as women struggled to get her back to her house.
Esther Lang’at, a neighbour, said Kipkoech had left home in the morning to do laundry at the banks of a seasonal river near the family’s farm.
“As he was waiting for the clothes to dry, he heard people screaming at Mulango trading centre. He stood at a corridor watching the battle unfold before the police started firing in the air. Minutes later, Kipkoech was lying in a pool of blood,” said Lang’at.
Gilbert Toroitich, the medical superintendent at Olenguruone Sub-county Hospital, said efforts to save Kipkoech’s life were futile.
“He had already lost too much blood and turned pale. He had a bullet that entered through the right hip. We tried to resuscitate him but unfortunately lost him,” said Dr Toroitich.
Kuresoi South Police Commander Henry Nyaranga accused the residents of overreacting and taking the law into their hands.
“The residents blew the situation out of proportion. They extensively damaged police vehicles and we now have two police officers admitted in hospital with serious injuries,” said Nyaranga.
The sub-county police boss has, however, dismissed claims that there was bad blood between the law enfocers and locals, terming the incidents isolated and spread over a long period of time.
“I am not aware of any brewing beef between our officers and the civilians. The cases that were reported recently are either before court or under investigation. The officers are not above the law and the citizens should not take the law into their own hands either,” said Mr Nyaranga.
He said 34 people were arrested and presented before court where they faced charges of being in an illegal gathering, flouting Covid-19 regulations and vandalising police vehicles.
Tension remained high around Olenguruone and Kiptagich police stations, with the residents reportedly planning to burn down the two stations where tens of motorbikes had been impounded. “We detained over 30 bodabodas and arrested 34 people. The residents planned to burn down the stations on Monday. We mobilised police officers from other sub-counties and investigations are on,” said Nyaranga.

The two deaths, however, have emerged to have been a trigger for the simmering tension between the police and the residents who have had a fair share of each other’s wrath in the past.
A chief inspector of police attached to Kiptagich is under investigation for assaulting Maragaret Chelang’at who he found outside during curfew hours last month. “Her case was booked at Olenguruone Police Station vide OB number 9/17/04/2021,” said Nyaranga.
In June last year, Inspector David Kiprotich, Police Constables Henry Mureithi and Tom Kikao attached to Kiptagich, were arrested and charged at Molo Law Courts after they were captured mistreating a suspect.
The officers were filmed dragging Mercy Cherono, 21, with her hands tied at the back of a motorbike after she allegedly stole electronics and cash from a house belonging to one of the officers.
A week later, Police Constable Fred Amaya, who was stationed at Kiptagich, wrecked a police vehicle after he took an unassigned drive while drunk.
Two weeks after he was discharged from hospital, Amaya committed suicide by hanging himself in a bathroom within the station.
In July 2014, Olenguruone Police Station, which is the sub-county headquarters, was extensively damaged as the residents protested the murder of a bartender in the hands of the police.
Caren Chepkoech Rono died in the back of a police vehicle on July 8, 2014 while in the custody of corporal Silas Marimi, constables Reuben Maino and Wycliffe Wangila who were later charged with murder.
Charles Ng’eno, a witness in the case, testified that the three dragged Ms Rono from a bar and bundled her into a police vehicle.
Although the three officers were acquitted of murder charges, a postmortem report indicated that she either hit her head against a surface or was hit with a blunt object.
“There was violent brain shake to cause counter coupe injuries. This could have been caused by either the head moving towards and hitting a hard surface several times or the force hitting the head several times,” the report read.
Interviewed residents have revealed that there has been bad blood between them and the police in the area over their conduct.
Paul Chelule, an elder, said that the officers have been operating outside the law in their handling of arrested persons and the use of excessive force.
“I watched in horror as the boy was shot. The officers who came as back-up didn’t make any attempts to calm the crowd. Instead they started firing live bullets in the air. They should have used teargas instead,” said Chelule.
Another resident said that there have been many unresolved assault cases by the officers which leaves the villagers view them as enemies.
“The young boy was with his friends and they were not part of those protesting. Many people have suffered in the hands of the police and denied justice. The incident has rekindled past experiences,” said Langat.
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?President Samia Suluhu’s address to Parliament was a masterclass in charm, punctuated by periodic applause and stomping of feet by Kenyan lawmakers.

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