President Uhuru Kenyatta has rallied Kenyans to continue being cautious of Covid-19, saying, despite the relaxation of disease containment measures, the danger of infections spreading still lurks.
"We must, therefore, continue to be careful as we go about our daily callings; and more importantly, I urge all Kenyans to get vaccinated or receive your booster shots so that we may put the pandemic behind us, once-and-for-all," the President said.
The Head of State spoke on Sunday at State House, Nairobi, when he presided over the 92nd inspection parade of the St John Ambulance Kenya, where he announced a Ksh150 million annual Government sponsorship for the organization, starting with Shs 100 million this financial year.
The President, who is the Chief Patron of the humanitarian institution, challenged it to include more young people in its activities by engaging learning institutions at primary, secondary and tertiary levels.
"By placing a value on volunteerism, we shall be nurturing a higher calling and building a strong sense of civic responsibility amongst the leaders of today and tomorrow," the President said.
In this regard, the Head of State directed the Ministry of Education to develop innovative initiatives to foster and recognize student volunteers, including preferential consideration when seeking internship opportunities.
"Indeed, the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) framework provides a perfect opportunity for this endeavour. I further call upon our Government institutions to grant preference to interns and attachés who have certified volunteer experience from certified charitable organizations such as St. John," he said.
The President commended St John Kenya for contributing to favourable health indicators under the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) programme, noting that the organization's various pre-hospital care-related training courses have ensured that the country has a growing population of first aiders.
"Since St John Ambulance was started in Kenya back in 1923, it has led the way in providing ambulance and paramedical services in Kenya. Following your lead, many more ambulance service in public and private spheres have sprung up," the President said.
He particularly commended St John Kenya for being at the forefront in tackling emergencies, citing the organization's leading role in the containment of the Covid-19 pandemic.
"Looking back to those days of lockdowns and shutdowns, we all recall how St John Ambulance was at the vanguard of our anti-Covid actions.
"St John tirelessly sensitized Kenyans about Covid-19, hosted handwashing campaigns and even helped the Ministry of Health in the administration of Covid-19 vaccines. As a thankful nation, this country appreciates you for your quality service," the President said.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.