As shown from the previous post, on 1st June, my lovely country turned 50 years old since its independence in 1963. Madaraka day, as its fittingly called means freedom. We therefore fifty years ago were free from any colonization and we were free to do as we wanted. We moved from the British rulers to Jomo Kenyatta, our founding father.
50 years down the line and we are now under Uhuru Kenyatta. The so called ‘prince of Kenya’, due to the fact that he was the son of Jomo Kenyatta. as Kenyans we therefore expect change under this new governance, and change we are seeing. In Uhuru’s speech, to Kenyans one of the many changes made was free maternity care for all women.
This announcement has seemed to cause quite a stir in various homes with the question as to whether this was really the right decision. Many people believe that this decision will only encourage women to have more children!
However, I strongly disagree with this. We constantly read stories of women trapped in public hospitals unable to go home after giving birth because they cannot clear the bill. We also hear of women dying while in labor or after due to the fact that they know they cannot pay the bills and so opt to have the child at home.
I believe the decision to have free maternity care for women is a good decision.No girl will feel as though she must abort her child due to the fact that she will not be able to go to afford the hospital bill. i see Kenya moving ahead positively as we try to help all the people at the grass root levels. I therefore salute and support the decision. Not only will we have more healthy mothers but also happy children and families,leading to a peaceful country.