Tullow Kenya has donated a mobile clinic to Turkana County as part of the company’s Ksh100 million support to the First Lady’s Beyond Zero campaign that will see it donate a total of seven mobile clinics to several counties across the country.
The handover, held at the county headquarters in Lodwar, was graced by Her Excellency The First lady Margaret Kenyatta, Cabinet Secretary for Health, James Macharia, and the County Executive led by Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok.
In addition to the donation to Turkana County, Tullow has already donated a mobile clinic to Baringo County and has pledged to donate other clinics to Elgeyo Marakwet and Kisumu counties in the coming months. The remaining three mobile clinics will be handed over to other counties in the coming months and in accordance with the Beyond Zero schedule.
Tullow’s commitment was first announced during First Lady’s historic run at the London Marathon in April this year. This is in addition to the Kshs 400 million that Tullow has committed on water, education, health and livelihood projects across all regions where Tullow has operations.
Speaking at the event, Tullow Kenya’s Country manager Martin Mbogo praised the First Lady’s commitment to fighting maternal mortality and improving child health in the country through the Beyond Zero Campaign, which has seen her named the 2014 UN person of the year.
“Access to maternal and child health services in Turkana county has been identified as a priority area for improvement and Tullow is proud to partner with the First Lady and the County Government in this effort,” he said. “The mobile clinics we are donating will bring health services closer to the people who need them,” he added.
Mr Mbogo added that Tullow is committed to promoting the socio-economic development of the communities where the company operates.
“We have well-developed community engagement programs that are created, rolled-out and managed in partnership with local leaders and with the community,” said Mr. Mbogo.
As part of its social investment projects in Turkana, Tullow plans to spend Ksh140 million in building three level four hospitals, each at Lokichar, Lokori and Kanamkemer.
In addition, Tullow will also spend Ksh75 million to sponsor 15 students from the Turkana community for masters degree in oil and gas related studies and Ksh34 million to offer bursaries to over 2000 secondary school students in Turkana County. The company also plans to spend Ksh212 million over the next three years in expansion and rehabilitation of existing irrigation schemes in the County as a way of building food security.
“Our goal is to ensure that the growth of the oil and gas industry brings real and lasting benefits to the people and communities in our area of operations,” said Mbogo.