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Uhuru holds talks with Japan, Canada Prime Ministers

Uhuru holds talks with Japan, Canada Prime Ministers

By Justus Karanja

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday afternoon separately held telephone conversations with Prime Ministers Fumio Kishida of Japan and Justin Trudeau of Canada.

In the phone conversation with Prime Minister Kishida who updated him on the situation following yesterday’s devastating earthquake in the East Asian country, President Kenyatta expressed Kenya’s solidarity with the Government and people of Japan as the relevant authorities continue to monitor the development.

The two leaders also discussed other issues of mutual interest to Kenya and Japan including the eighth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD8) that will be hosted by Tunisia in August this year.

With Prime Minister Trudeau, President Kenyatta lauded the enhanced bilateral ties between Kenya and Canada.

President Kenyatta and Prime Minister Trudeau also discussed trade between the two countries as well as peace and security in the Horn of Africa among other matters of importance to Kenya and Canada.

President Kenyatta also held talks with His Royal Highness Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex and Forfar, who paid him a courtesy call at State House, Nairobi.

During the meeting, Prince Edward commended President Kenyatta for his commitment to championing the needs of young people around the world through the Duke of Edinburgh International Award.

The award, founded in 1956 by the late Prince Phillip, gives young people aged 14 to 24 access to global framework that empowers them to learn and grow through non-formal education while working towards a globally recognised accreditation.

President Kenyatta and Prince Edward also discussed the President’s Award Kenya, a self-development programme that equips young people across the country with positive life skills to make a difference for themselves, their communities, country and the world.

The President’s Award Kenya is a member of the Duke of Edinburgh International Award Association and has over 100,000 young people drawn from 750 schools, universities, middle-level colleges, youth groups, rehabilitation centres and open award centres across the country participating.

President Kenyatta was on Friday morning scheduled to commission the newly upgraded Mathare-Korogocho Level 5 Hospital now known as Mama Margaret Kenyatta Children Hospital.

The facility which boasts of a 350-bed capacity was refurbished last year at a cost of Ksh 400 joins the list of top referral hospitals in the country.

The hospital which had stalled for years opened its doors to the public on December 14 and has been offering specialised health care services available for free or at subsidised rates.

According to Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) boss General Mohamed Badi, the hospital was upgraded to ease pressure on Kenyatta National Hospital (Level 6) and Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital (Level 5) in Eastlands, which serves over 2.1 million people.

In August 2020, President Uhuru Kenyatta directed NMS to construct 24 hospitals in informal settlements so as to avail health services closer to the people as part of government scale dup efforts to revolutionise healthcare through the rolling out of the Universal Healthcare Coverage (UHC).

Since the Jubilee administration, there has been an increase of 43 per cent in public health facilities from a stock of 4,429 facilities in 2013 to 6,342 currently. 

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