KENYA – The Ministry of Health (MoH) Kenya, has assured attendees that their health and safety is a top priority and it’s working with all stakeholders to ensure the inaugural Africa Climate Change Summit/Week is successful.  

The MoH has begun implementing stringent health precautions, swift emergency response, and meticulous public health inspections to create a secure environment for all participants.

Addressing the Diplomatic Corps in Nairobi, Mary Muthoni, Principal Secretary of the State Department for Public Health and Professional Standards, provided insight into the Ministry’s detailed preparations. 

The PS Muthoni unveiled the deployment of Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) ambulances, reinforcing the existing Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulances strategically positioned across event locations. 

Specifically, to bolster emergency readiness, five strategically stationed ambulances will remain on standby throughout the event venue.

This strategic arrangement will ensure prompt medical assistance for delegates in the event of emergencies.

PS Muthoni also emphasized the considerate placement of health clinics to ensure seamless accessibility for all participants, including those with specific needs. 

“Both clinics will be fully staffed with Human Resources for Health (HRH) and meticulously stocked with pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical supplies, effectively equipped to address a wide range of health conditions,” she confirmed

The Principal Secretary further highlighted the Ministry’s unwavering commitment to maintaining elevated health standards. 

To this end, dedicated public health teams are prepared to conduct comprehensive inspections of all accommodations and conduct a thorough vetting of food vendors catering to delegates.

These stringent measures are thoughtfully implemented to ensure unwavering compliance with health standards and proactively address any potential medical concerns.

Muthoni reemphasized the Ministry’s steadfast commitment to health and safety, underscoring the pivotal role of fostering a secure environment for all participants during this significant International Summit. 

As delegates assemble to address critical Climate Change issues and forge collaborations, the comprehensive health measures instituted aim to ensure a successful and worry-free event for all attendees.

Kenya is set to host the inaugural Africa Climate Change Summit 

Parallel to the announcement by the Ministry of Health, the Environment, Climate Change, and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Soipan Tuya, as the hosting ministry, assured that Kenya was ready to host the first-ever Africa Climate Summit/Week.

She recalled that the 36th ordinary session of the African Union Assembly granted the request and approved Kenya as a co-host to the summit.

CS Tuya confirmed that they have accredited 13,000 delegates from 136 countries for the inaugural high-level meeting.

Among those accredited are 13 African heads of state and representatives of international organizations, civil society, youth, and the private sector.

The CS spoke on Wednesday in Addis Ababa where she was meeting the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) of the Africa Union and Ministers of Environment from across Africa.

The CS, who is attending the 19th Ordinary Session of the African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN) said the Summit was convened following a 2019 African Union Assembly resolution.

“The African leaders were prompted by the African continent bearing the greatest burden of climate change despite the fact that its current greenhouse emissions gases are very low,” the CS said.

She also echoed the sentiments of many who were looking forward to an Africa Leaders Declaration on Climate Change and call to action.

She said the blueprint will propose a new climate financing architecture to alleviate the continent’s growing debt distress among other provisions.

“Africa Climate Summit is going to provide an opportunity for partnerships where Africa and the world are offered trade and investment opportunities, in ways that ensure sustainable development,” she said.

The CS noted that Africa is willing to commit its assets including mineral and energy resources, agricultural capacity, and natural capital to lead the global decarbonization agenda. 

Tuya was accompanied by Kenya’s Climate Envoy Ali Mohamed, Kenya’s Ambassador to Ethiopia Jean Kamau, Climate Change Director Pacifica Ogolla, and NEMA’s Director General Mamo Mamo.

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