April 25th 2017

Health & Science

Time running out for decision on legalisation of marijuana

Joe Khamisi | Thursday, 13 Apr 2017 13:52 EAT

Proponents of the intoxicant claim by prohibiting it the government was going against African tradition. They claim weed has been used for generations as part of ritual ceremonies.

Activist provokes vibrant debate on legalisation of bhang

Nyambura Muthoni | Friday, 07 Apr 2017 16:45 EAT

Bhang is widely consumed in Africa and among the black diaspora in the Americas, notably the United States, Central America, Brazil and other Latin American countries with black population.

Survey reveals higher TB prevalence rate

Samuel Owida | Friday, 24 Mar 2017 18:34 EAT

The report established that a majority of TB cases were HIV negative, suggesting that broad efforts at controlling TB in people with and without HIV are needed and further observation confirming that the current practice of screening for TB symptoms using microscopy as the only test misses many case

Aga Khan University launches Mombasa Research Office

Liza Makena | Saturday, 18 Mar 2017 14:24 EAT

The office is expected to attract investment in projects, which will lead to positive behavior change and improve the quality of people’s lives in the region. It will also provide a platform for networking among various partners engaged in development initiatives in the Coast region.

"We thank the doctors that have so far gone back to work. We note the union’s statement on the subject, which was sent to doctors last night. But the President’s resolve and message remain the same: there will be no more chicanery on this subject," said Mr Esipisu.

Nakuru County, partners launch guidelines to improve healthcare

Jackson Okata | Friday, 03 Mar 2017 10:11 EAT

On costing of family planning Mungai said that Nakuru County stands at 54 percent meaning that 50 percent of the women are not accessing contraceptives. He noted that family planning translates to improved livelihood adding that it prevents maternal death by 50 percent .

Homa Bay governor gives ear to health workers' union, but crisis remains

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 01 Mar 2017 09:56 EAT

The county has only about 30 doctors, among the lowest in the country, with one doctor for a population of more than 150,000 people in some constituencies such as Mbita, Kabondo Kasipul and Ndhiwa.

It should not be lost on them and the national government that when the rains will fall as they are beginning to, these decomposing carcasses will be washed downstream into rivers and lakes where majority of our poor populations still fetch water for domestic use.

Why Somali mothers from Wajir prefer midwives to hospitals

Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Wednesday, 15 Feb 2017 15:39 EAT

According to Mr Abdullahi Hassan Maalim, the chief officer of public health and sanitation, the county has expanded health and raised the number of dispensaries from 55 to 112.

A three judge bench comprised of Justices Wanjiru Karanja, Hannah Okwengu and Jamilla Mohamed at the same time directed negotiations to take place in the next seven days and the matter be back in court February 23.

KMA cancels Mailu, Muraguri membership as private doctors join strike

Cecilia Karanja | Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 15:16 EAT

"In view of their role in the ongoing crisis and their crimes of omission and commission, KMA hereby revokes the membership of the two for one year," the association said in the statement issued after a meeting of its top decision-making board.

Uproar as doctors' officials sent to jail

Cecilia Karanja | Monday, 13 Feb 2017 17:15 EAT

Interior Permanent Secretary Karanja Kibicho has been in news for defying court orders in relation to compensating a torture victim and the matter has never been determined.

Government carries responsibility for failing to end doctors’ strike

Priscillah Wanjiru | Saturday, 11 Feb 2017 17:34 EAT

The doctors’ resolve has also been strengthened by the fact that the government has refused to make any concessions, sticking to the same deal the doctors’ union turned down in the first week of the strike.

Six counties holding doctors' December pay in suspicious accounts

Free Press Reporter | Wednesday, 04 Jan 2017 20:10 EAT

However, by this afternoon doctors from some of the counties including Mombasa had not received their salaries. “This is corruption. We have information that money to pay affected doctors have been released but diverted to top 'dubious' accounts," the unionist had said.

Uhuru meets doctors' union, gives offer that could end strike by Friday

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 04 Jan 2017 18:33 EAT

Doctors were represented by a 7-member team from the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU) led by Chairman Samuel Oroko and Secretary Ouma Oluga. They were accompanied by a legal representative. The unionists will consult their wider membership before responding on the offer.

Govt, doctors should deal to end grotesque paralysis in health sector

Athanas Kipchumba | Thursday, 29 Dec 2016 17:00 EAT

I am reliably told that the outspoken COTU secretary general, Mr Francis Atwoli has since asked the president to take charge of the talks, but the writings on the wall suggests that maybe his (Mr Francis') pleas fell on deaf ears.

Nakuru nurses defy union, hold on to strike

Jackson Okata | Thursday, 15 Dec 2016 14:36 EAT

She said union officials held a meeting with county that was chaired by director of administration and planning Dr Benedict Osore who said 212 employees had been promoted. However, the said officers have not received promotion letters and that the move was meant to victimize the striking force.

Nurses union chairman calls off strike, doubts remain

Soilan Kenana | Sunday, 11 Dec 2016 14:09 EAT

The Kenya Free Press has learnt that the minister worked extra hard to have the agreement signed today to counteract an embarassing situation where he had prepared for Mr Bii to do so yesterday, only for the chairman to decline, saying powers to call off a strike rested with the secretary general.

Over the four years, Bomet has also built 43 new health facilities and established 23 maternity wings in its hospitals as part of the government’s partnership with First Lady Margaret Kenyatta’s Beyond Zero Campaign, Dr Sowek informed us.

Medical Board to discipline doctors who disrupt private hospitals

Phillip Mulee | Friday, 09 Dec 2016 13:57 EAT

The chairman of the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board Prof. George Magoha today warned of disciplinary action against any medical or dental practitioner should they paralyse clinical services in private and mission hospitals as they plan on Tuesday 13th December 2016.

Uhuru urges medics to be 'humane' as opposition demands govt pay up

Free Press Reporter | Wednesday, 07 Dec 2016 18:40 EAT

He spoke after commissioning Kenya Medical Training Centre (KMTC) Makindu campus and launching medical equipment at Makindu sub-county hospital. Uhuru pointed out that Health ministry officials and governors have been working round the clock for weeks to resolve the matter.

Nakuru hospitals open as county hires emergency staff

Jackson Okata | Wednesday, 07 Dec 2016 17:19 EAT

Nakuru CEC for health Dr Kabii Mungai who addressed journalists said that Nakuru Level Five Hospital, Langalanga Health Centre, Mirugi Kariuki Health Centre and Bondeni Health Centre have started offering services to the public.

Visiting American scholar stunned by USIU students’ ‘laziness’

Free Press Reporter | Tuesday, 15 Nov 2016 16:13 EAT

Walking, in particular for students, has been proven to improve mental alertness, counteracting the effects of weight-promoting genes, curbing the craving for chocolates among other benefits. Walking also helps reduce the risk of women developing breast cancer.

Kenya on right track, but should do more to safeguard pediatric health

Tobbie Wekesa | Saturday, 12 Nov 2016 17:39 EAT

“We have done well in Kenya, we have reduced child and infant deaths by half, but now we also need to look at what else after saving the lives. We have to focus on the health of those who have survived,” said Prof Fredrick Were, professor of pediatrics and Dean, UoN School of Medicine.

UNICEF launches WASH programme in Kitui

Boniface Mulu | Saturday, 22 Oct 2016 20:40 EAT

The educationist asked the schools wash health clubs patrons and the community to use the child-to-child approach to promote wash in schools. She said that the treatment of the hygiene related diseases was costly, so people should take hygiene promotion seriously to prevent the diseases.

Government pumps in Sh4.2 billion to expand free maternal care

Soilan Kenana | Tuesday, 18 Oct 2016 20:35 EAT

“The launch marks a great step to expand universal coverage by giving women greater access and the opportunity to make choices of the facilities that they wish to seek maternal services from,” added Dr Mwenda.

Kitui marks Global Handwashing Day with call for better hygiene

Boniface Mulu | Monday, 17 Oct 2016 20:47 EAT

Ms Mutinda thanked the clubs for being sensitive over hygiene promotion, and also the Kenya Integrated Water and Sanitation Programme for supporting Kitui County on handwash and nutrition.

The Kamani Foundation has been providing prosthetic limbs and correctional eye facilities to the needy in India since 1996. The Foundation has provided over 17,000 prosthetic limbs to those in need in India since that time.

Kajiado Assembly asked to suspend business to discuss acute health shortage

Free Press Reporter | Wednesday, 05 Oct 2016 17:26 EAT

The county executive member in charge of health, Gladys Marima, confirmed the drug shortage but said the process to purchase the drugs from Kenya Medical Supplies Agency was underway.

In a report released by the Ministry of Health, about 40,000 cases are reported each year with at least 27,000 succumbing to the disease.

Longisa Hospital becomes the fourth public hospital in Kenya with the capability for total knee replacement, which is currently undertaken at Kenyatta National Hospital, the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret and the Nakuru General Hospital.

“Due to the ignorance twelve per cent of human rabies cases have been confused for cerebral malaria,” added Kahariri.He was however optimistic that the disease could be contained noting that this had worked around the Serengeti area.

“We had positive negotiations with the county officials and they agreed to start the promotion of consultants exercise,” said Dr Gor.

Faced with sack, Nairobi doctors to resume duty

Oscar Ndunda | Tuesday, 20 Sep 2016 19:32 EAT

“We received the court order, we respect the court. We will call for a meeting with the doctors tomorrow to inform them of the new developments,” said Dr Ouma.

County Executive Member for Health, Andrew Mulwa, said the new health plan is aimed at covering the majority of county residents who cannot afford health cover through the National Hospital Insurance Fund as well as other private health insurers.

Siaya County in campaign to eradicate open defecation

Free Press Correspondent | Tuesday, 06 Sep 2016 11:55 EAT

Siaya has so far attained 50.3 percent latrine coverage, and are getting the support of several organizations including the United Nations’ children agency UNICEF and Medical Assistance Programme (MAP) International.

New programme launched to address Aids in Siaya

Free Press Correspondent | Tuesday, 30 Aug 2016 20:43 EAT

The new report shows that although HIV awareness in the region is at 100 percent, majority of the sexually active adults have not embraced behaviors change leading to new cases of infection.

New medical scheme to train 600 cancer specialists in East Africa unveiled

Free Press Reporter | Friday, 19 Aug 2016 21:34 EAT

Ms. Yeda said the East Africa Community has for a long time failed to prevent and treat the cancer scourge because of lack of trained and skilled doctors.

Public health office mulling legal action against Naivasha Water Company

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 20 Jul 2016 21:21 EAT

“You are hereby directed to immediately unblock the prison line, disinfect all the contaminated land and refrain from such actions in future failure to which you will face legal action.”

Elgeyo Marakwet signs partnership agreement with Moi Teaching Hospital

Free Press Correspondent | Friday, 15 Jul 2016 15:39 EAT

Governor Alex Tolgos signed the deal with MTRH director, Dr Wilson Aruasa, under which the hospital will construct and operate an annex in Elgeyo Marakwet. The county desired both the development of a modern health facility and the medical tourism that such a facility would promote, Governor Tolgos

Bloodless circumcision device launched in Kenya

Waithera Murugi | Monday, 11 Jul 2016 13:24 EAT

Compared to conventional surgical circumcision, health stakeholders say the PrePex device does not use surgical blades and there is no need for stitching of the foreskin thus reducing any adverse complications.

Common misconceptions to avoid in a weight loss programme

Sandra Onindo | Tuesday, 28 Jun 2016 19:10 EAT

Kenyans have never been as fat as they are today; munching on french-fries and sitting in front of a computer all day at work doesn’t help.

Why you should be wary of instant noodles

Sandra Onindo | Sunday, 19 Jun 2016 12:11 EAT

It is probably your go to food, the food item that sits in abundance on your pantry shelves. But does consuming instant noodles aid you nutrition-wise, or are you just ingesting empty calories?

Nurses, technicians want recognition in Health Bill

Winfred Mbuya Mwaniki | Thursday, 16 Jun 2016 16:31 EAT

Professionals in the health industry have called for a review of the Health Bill, 2016, which is intended to regulate the healthcare sector in Kenya.

Cervical Cancer is the second most recurrent cancer after Breast Cancer among women in Kenya. Mostly caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), it is also the leading cause of death among women of reproductive age.

Pneumonia now the leading killer in Kenya, but it shouldn't be

Cynthia Irandu | Wednesday, 15 Jun 2016 07:51 EAT

Pneumonia is now the leading killer disease in Kenya, causing over 22,473 of recorded deaths in 2015 alone.

Makueni receives Sh100 million medical equipment from US donor

Free Press Reporter | Saturday, 11 Jun 2016 17:07 EAT

Makueni County has received medical equipment valued at nearly Sh100 million from an international relief organization.

Mandera leaders want aerial sprays to kill Aedes aegypti mosquitoes

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 09 Jun 2016 10:20 EAT

Leaders in Mandera County, which is suffering concurrent outbreaks of cholera and chikungunya, have called upon the national government to conduct aerial sprays against the mosquitoes.

Kajiado to feed malnourished children, mothers

Free Press Correspondent | Tuesday, 07 Jun 2016 09:51 EAT

The Kajiado county government has launched a programme to eradicate malnutrition among newborn children and lactating mothers.

Welcome to my column on health

Samuel O. Afubwa | Tuesday, 07 Jun 2016 09:07 EAT

Optimum Mental health is a level of psychological well-being, or an absence of a mental illness. It is the "psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment

Mandera to quarantine cholera patients

Free Press Reporter | Saturday, 04 Jun 2016 13:46 EAT

Governor Ali Roba said the county administration will open isolation centres at Moi Stadium since the quarantine centre at the local referral hospital cannot cope with the increasing numbers.

Nakuru, World Vision to combat open defecation

Free Press Correspondent | Tuesday, 31 May 2016 14:00 EAT

The Nakuru County Government has announced a partnership with World Vision, an international NGO, under which they will provide toilets in 20 villages in a bid to curb open defecation.

India's cotton crop failure should caution Kenyans on GM technology

Derrick Kiraka | Tuesday, 31 May 2016 10:55 EAT

Indian media has reported of more suicides by farmers in Punjab and Haryana regions in the aftermath of cotton crop failure.

Rapidly eating its way through the lifestyles of many, no statistics have been put out yet to show the extent of damage brought about by Anorexia Nervosa in Kenya. It is this lack of documentation that sees a good number of Kenyan women especially those going through puberty suffer in silence.

Veterinary Board endorses Kapsabet NGO, snubbing Nandi county government

Free Press Reporter | Monday, 30 May 2016 08:53 EAT

The Kenya Veterinary Board has endorsed the services of a Kapsabet-based NGO that provides artificial insemination to dairy farmers in the region.