Counties to get Sh 5 billion grant for COVID-19 fight

County governments have received Sh 5 billion from the national government in conditional grants to help in the fight against COVID-19 even as the government plans on reopening the country’s economy. According to health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, the funds will be used by counties to equip health facilities specifically the COVID-19 isolation centers. Kagwe added that the money will also be used in buying personal protective equipment for healthcare workers as well as training community health volunteers to help in the management of COVID-19 patients. The CS noted that…

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County commits to addressing COVID-19 related mental disturbance issues

The country should put measures in place to deal with increased issue of mental illnesses and psychological disturbances during and post the COVID-19 pandemic. Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyajui says that with majority of Kenyans staying at home ,their is a steady rise in case of mental disturbance something he says needs attention. Kinyajui noted that the situation ash been aggravated by the closure of churches and social places where people could go to unwind and kill stress. The Governor said that hard economic times resulting from job losses is a…

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Nakuru’s maternal mortality rate reduces by 30% in one year

Enhanced  health infrastructure and skilled personnel has helped in reducing the  maternal mortality rate in Nakuru County  by over 30 per cent in the past year. The Margaret Kenyatta Mother-Baby Wing at the Nakuru Level Five Hospital and the construction and refurbishment of maternity facilities  across the county has led to improved service delivery Equipping healthcare workers with proper knowledge on maternal care and newborn management has also averted the maternal, neonatal, and postnatal deaths significantly. Latest to be trained are 32 healthcare workers, among them midwives and clinicians from…

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Nakuru’s Chicken Baristo Restaurant back to business after a month-long closure

Nakuru’s Chicken Baristo Restaurant has finally opened doors to members of the public after one month of closure. The Chicken Baristo situated at the CBD just opposite Nakuru Sports club and adjacent to Gilanis Supermarket is a plus to the Nakuru residents as far as hospitality is concerned. In a Saturday interview at the Restaurant, Chicken Baristo Proprietor Mr. Bashir Abdulrahman said they are back to business after the one Month closure. He however says, they are yet to get an okay as per the Ministry of Health guidelines to…

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COVID-19: Nakuru has recorded 3 cases so far

Nakuru County has registered an extra Covid-19 patient totaling the number to three after a lady who was on transit from a burial in Vihiga to Nairobi was screened in Naivasha and tested positive before being taken to Naivasha Sub County Hospital. Through a press release Nakuru County Governor has said that they have so far managed to work with the Nairobi City County Response team and traced two occupants of a private car that the patient was on board and the two have been quarantined. Moreover Kinyanjui has written…

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Healthcare workers trained on medical waste management

The county government of Nakuru Nakuru has enhanced training of healthcare workers on medical waste  management. This is according to County CECM for health Dr.Kariuki Gichuki. He says already healthcare workers in Naivasha and Molo have received training to boost medical waste management. “The program on medical waste management has  seen staff trained in Naivasha and Molo.We want to ensure better waste magement for a better environment” said Dr.Gichuki. According  to Nakuru Level 5 Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr.Joseph Mburu, 1.5 to 2 tonnes of medical waste is produced at  the…

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Governor Kinyanjui calls for proper disposal of face masks

Nakuru County Governor Lee Kinyanjui has appealed to Kenyans to ensure they dispose single use face masks in designated areas to avoid the masks landing at the registered dumpsites where there are families depending on washing them back re-selling to the community saying that the act might cause more spread of Covid-19 and cause more panic in the society Kinyanjui has said that improper disposal of single use face masks might revert the essence of the masks from containing the spread of Corona Virus to being agents of spreading the…

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KEMSA seeks Senate help in recovering debt from government

  The Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) has appealed to the Senate through its Standing Committee on Health to facilitate collection of outstanding debt totaling to KES 4.1bn. Counties owe KEMSA a total of Sh 2.8bn while the Ministry of health owes the agency a total of Sh 1.3bn “We ask support from the Senate in debt collection and we hope that individual Senators can have interactions with their counties for intervention,” said KEMSA CEO, Dr Jonah Manjari. In the meeting hosted by the Senate health Committee chaired by Sen…

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Nakuru, UN partner in COVID-19 food safety campaign

The County Government of Nakuru has partnered with the United Nations in a food safety awareness campaign amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign entails tailor-made messaging targeting key people along various food value chains from the farm to plate through posters, radio and TV mediums. The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is implementing the Market Access Upgrade Program (MARKUP) campaign in 14 other counties. In Nakuru County, the ministry of Trade, Tourism and Cooperatives is spearheading the campaign, targeting all markets and allied activities in the region. Chief Officer…

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Unions call off healthcare workers strike to allow more talks

The nationwide healthcare workers strike which was to start today has been called off by their respective unions. According to the Secretary General of the Kenya National Union of Nurses,Mr Seth Panyako, the strike was called off to allow more time for negotiations with both the national and county governments. Panyako said that the four unions representing healthcare workers in the country had agreed to give the government 21 more days to address their grievances. He said that should the government fail to meet their demands after 21 days then…

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