Deputy President William Ruto during a meeting with Nigerian President Jonathan Goodluck at the Transcorp Hilton in Abuja. Mr Ruto also attended the nation's Centenary Celebrations in Abuja's International Conference Centre. February 27, 2014 PICTURE REBECCA NDUKU/DPPS
Deputy President William Ruto addresses guests during Nigeria's Centenary Celebrations in Abuja's International Conference Centre. PICTURE REBECCA NDUKU/DPPS
Deputy President William Ruto addresses guests during Nigeria's Centenary Celebrations in Abuja's International Conference Centre. February 28, 2014 - PICTURE REBECCA NDUKU/DPPS
President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport before the Head of State left for a one day visit to Uganda. February 19, 2014 Photo by Jacob Munyao DPPS
The Government will cater for all infants with HIV or whose mothers are infected.
Deputy President William Ruto said it was the duty of the Government provide for the vulnerable newborns.
The national Government will liaise with county Governments to agree on how close to Sh1 billion meant for the infants will be used.
The funds have already been released to counties.
Deputy President William Ruto (right) in a meeting with Spanish Ambassador Javier Herrera discussing Health issues on vulnerable infants.
Mr Ruto spoke when he met Spanish ambassador to Kenya Javier Herrera, Head of Nutrition and Dietetics unit Rosemary Ngaruro and Dr Victorio Torres Feced, chief executive Vihda Association.
The funds will mainly be used to buy formula for infants whose mothers have agreed not to breastfeed in order to protect them from being infected.
A total of 100,000 children are born annually by HIV infected mothers out of whom 5,500 are orphaned at birth.
“We will address this issue as a Government in consultation with the county governments,” Mr Ruto said in his Harambee Avenue office.
The Deputy President said three ministries-Health, Devolution and Labour and Social Services-will address the plight of the newborns by coming up with a proper national intervention plan.
He said the budget line to cater for such vulnerable groups will be fully supported by the Government. The Spanish Government and the Elton John Foundation were also sponsoring a high impact nutrition intervention.
Earlier, Mr Ruto said the National Hospital Insurance Fund will be restructured and contributions pegged on earnings.
The Deputy President said once Parliament passes the Miscellaneous Amendment Bill, reforms will commence in earnest at NHIF.
“We want to ensure that those who earn more like the deputy president can pay for others who cannot afford proper healthcare.”
He was speaking when he met World Bank Country Director to Kenya Diarietou Gaye and Danish ambassador to Kenya Geert Aagaard Andeersen.
The two diplomats said the donor community was keen in partnering with the Government in funding healthcare projects and environmental conservation among other issues.
A working group between the Government and development partners will be formed to progress the partnership.
Mr Ruto assured the diplomats that the Government would improve security by providing the agencies with better equipment and transport.
It will also streamline procurement of security items.
Deputy President William Ruto welcomes Somalia Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed when he called on the DP at his office in Nairobi. February 19, 2014 - Photo by Jacob Munyao DPPS
Kenya and Somalia today renewed their commitment in the fight against terrorism.
They said the purge against the Al-shabaab and the Al-Qaeda terror groups will be upped.
Deputy President William Ruto and Somali Prime Minister Abdiwelli Sheikh Ahmed gave an undertaking that their governments under the IGAD and AMISOM arrangement would defeat all terrorist groups and bring stability to Somalia.
Speaking at his office after holding bilateral talks with the Somali Prime Minister, Mr. Ruto said fighting terrorists does not require an explanation, apology nor justification.
Deputy President William Ruto and Somalia Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed hold discussions at the DP's office. February 19, 2014 - Photo by Jacob Munyao DPPS
Mr. Ruto said Kenya’s aim of sending troops to join AMISOM in is to help bring stability to Somalia.
He lauded the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia for their tremendous contribution to the management and stabilization of Somalia noting that piracy that was rampant along the Somali/Kenya coast was now under control.
“Indeed because of improved stability in Somalia, Kenya would be setting up an embassy in Mogadishu by June 2014 as a demonstration of the relationship and brotherhood that exist between our two countries,” he said.
Mr. Ruto disclosed that a tripartite arrangement between the Government of Kenya, the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia and the United National High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was facilitating the voluntary repatriation of the refugees.
"Already some 80,000 Somali refugees have voluntarily gone back to their country to engage in reconstruction."
Mr. Ahmed said his government was committed to working closely with Kenya to create a more secure environment in the region where business can thrive.
"We are committed to clearing Al Shabaab from Somalia and will work closely with Kenya to accomplish this mission," he said.
Deputy President William Ruto and Somalia Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed held a press conference at the DP's office. February 19, 2014 - Photo by Jacob Munyao DPPS
He praised Kenya for supporting Somalia since the collapse of the Siad Barre regime in 1991, noting that other than hosting close to a million refugees, Kenya had offered opportunities to Somali business people to work in Kenya and provide livelihood for themselves and to people back home in Somalia.
The PM appealed to Kenya to help Somalia build institutions with capacity to run a government that can provide security and social amenities to its people especially in areas that were now safe.
Deputy President William Ruto is presented with a Special Edition of the Kenya Yearbook by Dr Fred Matiang'i (left), Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Information Communication and Technology, The book is a Commemorative Celebrating Kenya's 50 years of independence. Looking on is Dr. Hassan Wario, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Sports and Culture. February 11, 2014 Picture by Domnic Odhiambo/DPPS