KPC’s generosity was evident last week when the Company led by the Board Chair, John Ngumi attended the 4th Beyond Zero Medical Safari that was held in Engineer Town, Nyandarua County.
The official launch of the 3-day medical safari on 15th August, 2019 was presided over by the H. E. First Lady Margaret Kenyatta and attracted over 8,000 participants. The medical safaris are at the core of the First Lady’s Beyond Zero second strategic framework which runs from 2018 to 2022. The strategy is anchored on the principle of “leaving no one behind” executed through a life-cycle approach targeting pregnant women, newborns, infants, adolescents, young people, men, older persons and persons with disabilities.
The First Lady emphasized that physical exercise has many benefits to the wellbeing of the human body, most importantly being the prevention of illnesses.
“Let us be proactive and embrace healthy and active lifestyle. This way, we will help keep cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure at bay,” she said.
She commended the Government for putting in place additional measures to fight cancer including increasing budgetary allocation as well as the number of health centres for chemotherapy and radiology across the country.
“The aim is to make services more accessible to all Kenyans as well as improving the pricing and availability of drugs,” she said.
The First Lady also affirmed her commitment to promoting the health of babies and children.
“As a mother, I know the pain that severe child illness causes. That is why I have prioritized the well-being of babies and children in my work by promoting pre and postnatal check-ups for mothers to enable them deliver healthy babies,” the First Lady said.
Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki said health is a devolved function but unless the county governments work and collaborate with the National Government, provision of quality health services will be a futile exercise.
“That is why as a Ministry we are committed and we will continue to be committed in partnering with the counties wherever they are to make sure that needs to be done, that which the Kenyans desire in terms of healthcare is realized in accordance with the promises and commitments made by His Excellency the President,” the Health CS said.
On his part KPC Chair John Ngumi said the Company every year, sets aside 1% of its Profit After Tax (PAT) to its Corporate Social Investments (CSI) through the Foundation. “One of our key focus areas is health and KPC is proud to partner with the Beyond Zero Initiative for this noble cause,” he said.
“KPC through its Corporate Social Investments also carries out activities that allow for social inclusion of all. Under our Inuka Programs the company has provided scholarships to over 282 students who are persons with disabilities from across the 47 counties and trained over 4,600 women, youth and person living with disabilities on various issues such as business, entrepreneurship and saving,” he added.
The Beyond Zero medical safaris have been carried out in West Pokot, Narok and Kisumu counties so far.