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First Lady’s eyes ultramodern medicare unit

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta hopes to set up a specialised ultramodern medical care centre as the ultimate legacy of her Beyond Zero initiative.

The proposed hospital will be in the likes of Aiiku state-of-the-art medical centre in Tokyo, Japan, which the First Lady visited yesterday.

The hospital provides quality maternal and child healthcare. Mrs Kenyatta presented her project proposal to the Japan International Co-operation Agency (Jica) president Akihiko Tanaka during bilateral talks in Tokyo, saying that any assistance in this regard will be appreciated.

Although there was no immediate commitment from the Jica, Tanaka said this would be one of the mandates of the new representative in Kenya Sano Keiko, who reports to Nairobi in a few weeks’ time. Jica is a semi-autonomous governmental agency that co-ordinates official development assistance (ODA) for the government of Japan.

The agency, in liaison with the Foreign Affairs ministry, is responsible for funding and implementing all Japanese ODA projects. The role of Jica includes providing technical assistance, advancing capital grants, undertaking feasibility studies and coordinating technical training programmes.

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