First Lady Margret Kenyatta led the nation in marking the 31st World Aids Day in a colorful function at Gusii Stadium in Kisii County.
Speaking during the event the First Lady said the community and families need to sacrifice in the fight against the global menace noting that everybody needs to contribute towards the country’s challenge of achieving an HIV/AIDS-free nation by 2030.
She said efforts to eliminate HIV are central to the government’s health promise for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and strengthening health systems and increasing access is essential to the government’s program.
Cabinet Secretary for Health, Cecily Kariuki said that they recognize how the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Kenyan counties has been managed with great milestones recorded by the government.
Kisii Governor James Ongwae said the county has given 50% towards the health sector in the county adding that the county is working hard to ensure there is quality health service delivery to Kisii residents.
He noted with the Sh2.5 billion funds they are soon launching the construction of a cancer center facility to help residents cut on travel expenses to Kenyatta National Hospital or the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital.
Dr. Nduku Kilonzo, the Chief Executive Officer, National Aids Control Council (NACC) said that Kenya had taken bold steps towards tackling HIV/AIDS.