Monday 23 November, 2020

WATCH: First Lady of Kenya visits polyclinic in Barbados, holds baby

First Lady of Kenya (white dress)learning about the services offered at the Edgar Cochrane Polyclinic.

First Lady of Kenya (white dress)learning about the services offered at the Edgar Cochrane Polyclinic.

First Lady of Kenya, Margaret Wanjiru Gakuo visited the Edgar Cochrane Polyclinic on her husband's first official visit to Barbados.


Bursting with questions for the medical staff on hand at the community facility, which serves a wide catchment area covering parts of St. Michael, St. George and Christ Church, the first lady walked through the St.Michael located polyclinic and made a stop by the child health clinic.




With a penchant for children and child health, she surprised many when she asked 26-year-old Shekenria Howell, "May I hold your baby?" Howell said she was not expecting the visit and never interacted with anyone of such "stature" but she was happy the same to say "yes".


Gakuo, who was married to Kenyatta back in 1990, took the almost two-month-old baby boy Aamir Howell-Jackman from Health Sister Andrea Layne-Bailey. She smiled and cooed over the bundle of joy before handing him over to his contented mother.  Aamir did not fuss one bit during the handover or interaction. But his mother pledged to always remember and share the experience with him when he gets older.



The First Lady's tour was guided by Senior Health Sister Fay Denny, Senior Medical Officer of Health Dr. Karen Broome and Medical Officer of Health (Ag.) Barry Ward.


Dr. Broome spoke to the First Lady about immunization in Barbados and the first-time visitor appeared intrigued about the fact that such services were not only for children but for adults as well. The First Lady also asked about the proximity of the nearest hospital to the polyclinic for emergencies and was informed that they are both located in the same parish.


Minister of Information Lucille Moe who was in attendance with the First Lady asked about the name "polyclinic" and the two learned that the facility is so named because it provides a wide variety of services for its clients including psychiatry, podiatry, child health, paediatrics and more.   


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