Mother Appeals For Help For Child With Neurocognitive Deficits

A mother of a six-year-old boy diagnosed with neurocognitive deficits is appealing to well-wishers to help her raise over Sh1.3 million to airlift her son to India for specialised treatment.

Six years ago, Millicent Arego, a single mother, gave birth to a bouncing baby boy, but when he turned three years old, life took a sudden twist after he fell and convulsed.

Then a long, arduous journey to seek treatment for Neuro Regenerative Rehabilitation Therapy with Integrative Therapies began.

According to medical documents, treatment in India will entail a comprehensive rehabilitation programme which includes physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and psychological counselling.

It also includes regenerative treatment with autologous bone marrow-derived cell transplantation along with integrative therapies.

‘We rushed him to the nearest hospital, and we were told the child must be referred to Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, where he underwent a Computed Tomography (CT scan), and Magnetic Reson
ance Imaging (MRI scan).

The doctors informed me the problem was in the brain. Since then, I have exhausted all the hospitals in the country. I even cross borders in Uganda and Tanzania,’ said Asego.

Specialists’ doctors have assured the mother that her son can be treated before reaching seven years old. She worries that July is fast approaching and his son will turn seven years old.

‘The money will cover all the expenses. I appeal to well-wishers to help my child get treatment. As a mother, it is hard to have a child like this. I have tried to enrol him in special schools, but he can’t learn because of his condition,’ said Arego.

For assistance and further inquiries, the mother can be reached through her mobile phone number, 0743938504.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Education Director Ramps Up Tree-Growing In West Pokot

The County Director of Education in West Pokot County, Simon Wamae, has launched a tree planting exercise at Kapsang’ar Mixed Secondary School in Pokot South Constituency.

The event saw the participation of various government officials, including Mary Krop, the Pokot South Sub County Director of Education.

During the event, Wamae emphasised the importance of environmental conservation and urged the school community to actively participate in tree planting efforts in support of the government’s agenda of planting 15 billion trees by 2032 in order to increase the forest cover in the country.

The director revealed that the launch of the tree planting exercise saw both primary and secondary schools in the region participate in the exercise, as well as the local Chesta Teachers’ College.

He disclosed that during the launch of the tree planting exercise in Kapsang’ar Mixed Secondary School, a total of 2,000 tree seedlings were planted, with a commitment from the Ministry of Education to continue planting more t

Wamae stated that students had been educated about the significance of tree planting in line with the President’s directive to plant 15 billion trees by 2032.

He expressed gratitude to the school management of Kapsang’ar for establishing their own tree nursery, which ensured the availability of trees for planting.

Additionally, Wamae mentioned that they had successfully motivated the students by highlighting the opportunities provided by the government and their parents to excel in their studies, thus securing a better future in education.

On her part, Krop emphasised the establishment of tree nurseries in schools to support the government’s initiative to increase forest cover nationwide.

She mentioned that there is a specific target for tree planting, which they are diligently working towards achieving.

Additionally, the director highlighted Kapsang’ar Mixed Secondary School as having great potential, encouraging students to prioritise their studies to improve the school’s performance.

Dennis Ro
tino, the principal of Kapsang’ar Secondary School, expressed his gratitude to the former Form Four students for their initiative in establishing a tree nursery on the school grounds.

”Despite the absence of last year’s Form 4 students, their efforts resulted in the production of 2000 tree seedlings, which have now been planted as part of a tree planting exercise in the county,” Rotino explained.

He emphasised the school’s commitment to establishing an indigenous tree nursery this year and, in the future, with the aim of increasing the forest cover on the premises.

Additionally, the principal commended the students for their dedication to their studies, acknowledging their hard work.

”The trees that have been planted on the school grounds have proven beneficial in constructing classrooms and dormitories, as they have reduced the cost of purchasing materials from external sources,” Rotino disclosed.

He further went on: ‘We obtained timber from the school trees and saved on the cost of purchasing them.

Rotino expressed optimism that the trees planted in the school compound would enhance the school’s aesthetics and provide shade for students to engage in class discussions and further their studies.

Furthermore, he highlighted the role of the planted trees in attracting more rainfall to the region, which is crucial for food production.

Following the launch of trees at Kapsang’ar mixed secondary school, the county director of education made a visit to Chepkalit Primary and Secondary School to conduct an inspection of the school’s development.

This visit was prompted by the recent destruction caused by floods during the heavy rains that hit the region a week ago, affecting the school infrastructure of ELCK Chepkalit mixed secondary school and primary school in Pokot South Constituency.

According to Principal Chesta Jacob of ELCK Chepkalit Mixed Secondary School, on the night of May 9, 2024, heavy rains caused floods that destroyed over 200 water pipes supplying water to the school.

Source: Kenya News A

Hypertension Cases Rise In Kenya

24 per cent of Kenyans suffer from hypertension, Director of Family Health Dr.Issak Bashir has said.

Issak said out of the 24 per cent, only 22 per cent have been initiated on treatment, while a paltry 3 per cent of those undergoing treatment have achieved control of the Non Communicable Disease (NCD).

He termed the prevalence of the disease as alarming and underscored the need to create awareness for early detection and management.

‘The statistics are alarming. Hypertension was labelled a disease of the affluent, but it’s now affecting a large number of people from low social and economic backgrounds,’ said Issak.

The director called for the prioritisation of screening for prevention and early detection, saying hypertension progresses unnoticed until complications arise.

‘Screening is the cornerstone of high blood pressure management, it’s the first step to taking proactive measures to mitigate potential risks. Regular monitoring also enables people to track their progress and make informed decisions,’
he added.

Issak called for a collaborative approach from stakeholders to enable access to quality health care for the management and treatment of hypertension.

The director disclosed that the Ministry of Health has put in place a raft of measures to strengthen primary health care services and promote preventive strategies for the disease.

‘We have mobilised Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) and equipped them with blood pressure monitors to screen people at the community level. The CHVs also play a pivotal role in conducting patient follow-up and facilitating referrals if need be,’ he noted.

Issak further added 96 per cent of primary health care facilities are equipped with blood pressure machines, enhancing the ability to detect hypertension early.

‘The government has also availed medication in all level two and three health facilities for management of the NCD,’ said the director.

Speaking in Machakos during celebrations to mark World Hypertension Day, Issak also launched the guidelines for NCDs, whic
h will ensure services for the diseases remain uninterrupted in case of emergencies like COVID-19 and floods, and called on the county government to adhere to the guidelines.

Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Kenya Diabetes Management and Information Centre, Joan Kimeto, said the prevalence of hypertension continues to rise both locally and globally and reiterated the need for screening.

Kimeto said most of the hypertension cases go undiagnosed due to the asymptomatic nature of the disease, which leads to poor health outcomes.

‘Hypertension, just like the majority of other NCDs, only shows symptoms once the disease has progressed, hence the need for screening for early detection and management,’ she said.

The acting CEO also called on patients to adhere to instructions given to them by health care workers for easy management of the disease.

‘We are also encouraging people to eat healthy foods, exercise, and avoid consumption of alcohol and smoking cigarettes, which can predispose them to the diseas
e and other NCDs,’ noted Kimeto.

Also present was Machakos County Executive Committee Member for Health, Dr. Daniel Yumbya, who disclosed that the county government has availed medication for hypertension in all level two and three health care facilities.

Source: Kenya News Agency

County Appoints Ad Hoc Committees To Oversee Upgrade Of Townships

As Eldoret prepares to receive a charter of conferment to city status in August this year, the County Administration has taken yet another key step aimed at upgrading six of its townships into municipalities.

In his speech during the inauguration ceremony of the ad hoc committees, Governor Dr. Jonathan Chelilim pointed out that the initiative marks a historic moment for the great county to manage urban areas, aligning with one of the Nguzo Kumi objectives, which is on sustainable urban development and enhanced governance.

The towns to be elevated into municipal status include Moi’s Bridge, Ziwa, Moiben, Turbo, Burnt Forest, and Kesses.

‘As committees, you will be tasked with collecting views according to the parameters set by the Kenya Urban and Cities Act of 2011 for the elevation of towns to municipalities. Our administration is committed to planning our towns for the future correctly,’ noted the governor.

The sub-committees are tasked with carrying out considerations of urban planning, waste management
, revenue enhancement, citizen service delivery, and the devolution of functions closer to the residents.

The governor emphasised that their focus is mainly on enhancing the municipalities, recognising that as the towns grow, there is an urgent need for proper planning to accommodate future expansion.

‘The Ad hoc committees present today will play a key role in determining whether our townships meet the criteria for elevation, as we also look forward to the award of a charter for Eldoret to become a city,’ he added.

Dr. Chelilim called on the committees to consider historical origins while renaming some places with undesirable names like Jua Kali and others.

‘While seeking views from our residents and professionals, the committees will engage them as to whether they wish to retain names like Burnt Forest and Jua Kali or revisit the history of their regions,’ alluded Dr. Chelilim.

He explained that The Urban Cities Act provides specific parameters that must be met, such as the population threshold, demand
for municipal services and governance, economic viability, infrastructure and services, spatial planning, and public participation, which will be key guides for the committees.

Noting that there will be urban to rural migration upon the elevation of the town to city status, the governor underscored that programmes expected to impact these municipalities include the Kenya Urban Support Programme and the Kenya Informal Settlement Programme, both set to benefit the residents.

‘The elevation of a township to a city will mean that our residents will begin enjoying the privileges that come with it. As the population grows, reports indicate that the future will be urban, with a significant number of our residents shifting from our towns to our municipalities,’ he noted.

He assured the members of his administration’s full support in the noble exercise, noting that the outcome will significantly impact on the communities in terms of governance.

The County Executive Committee Member (CECM) for Lands, Physical Plann
ing, Housing, and Urban Development, Dr. Janet Kosgei, stated that the committees are required to complete their tasks within two months.

He commended the initiative, which she said will play a crucial role in opening up opportunities, ensuring good engagement with residents, and bringing services closer to the people, which will promote development at the grassroots level.

On his part, Roads and Public Works Executive, Eng. Joseph Lagat said that as a department, they are ready to support your vision of urban centres through good roads and transport systems.

In his remarks, County Secretary, Edwin Bett indicated that there was an ad hoc committee to oversee the elevation of Eldoret municipality to city status, which worked with the department responsible for urban development in the county to ensure that the town had complied with the provisions of the law with regards to attainment of city status.

He added that, a similar process is also going to be undertaken for the conferment of the towns to municipa
l status in line with Section 8 of the Urban Areas and Cities Act, which gives directions on the procedures to become city and Section 9, which gives directions on the attainment of municipal status.

He further noted that the conferment of towns to municipal status is a developmental issue because those areas are going to be the decentralised units of the county government, and it is going to attract funding for development from investors and other partners.

The Chairman of the Committee on Lands and Physical Planning at the County Assembly, Simat/Kapseret MCA, Moses Kebenei, who was accompanied by his Housing and Urban Development counterpart, Race Course MCA Amos Kiptanui, noted that upgrading the status of the towns to municipalities will improve the development of the towns.

‘In terms of the benefits that come with municipalities, as the assembly committee on land and physical planning, we are going to give all the necessary support to the ad hoc committee and the executive in terms of approval of the
report at the county assembly,’ noted the MCA.

‘To the committee, we congratulate you and believe that you are up to task while you will be discharging that mandate of preparing a report on municipality status as required by the law. This will save some of the towns which have been struggling in some way in terms of development and other benefits associated with the status,’ Noted Kiptanui.

In his remarks, Eldoret Municipality Manager, Mr. Tito Koiyet, lauded the move by the county administration, which he said ushers in a new phase for the county as it prepares to receive city status.

‘As we expect to receive the charter of conferment of Eldoret to city status in August, being the only municipality, this means we would have remained as a county without any other municipalities,’ alluded Mr. Koiyet.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Officials Vow to Take Concerted Effort to Bring Tendaho Irrigation Dam into Full Operation

Addis Ababa: Senior government officials expressed their commitment to carry out a concerted effort to bring the Tendaho irrigation dam into full operation.

The officials visited Afar Region of Ethiopia to see development projects including drinking water and sanitation schemes, summer wheat cultivation activities and irrigation development projects.

Minister of Water and Energy Engineer Habtamu Itefa, Minister of Agriculture, Girma Amente , Minister of Irrigation and Lowlands, Engineer Aisha Mohammed and other regional age federal government officials were among members of the delegation.

Minister of Lowlands and Irrigation, Aisha Mohammed stated during the event that the Awash River has enormous potential for developing vast tracts of farmland in the region noting the efforts being exerted to make the Tendaho Irrigation Dam, which is built on the Awash River to develop 60,000 hectares of land, fully operational.

The Tendaho Irrigation Dam is a massive infrastructure development project, according to Minister of Water and Energy Habtamu Itefa, who also promised to expeditiously finish the remaining operations surrounding the dam.

Minister of Agriculture, Girma Amente underlined the dam’s significance in terms of its ability to harvest agricultural products all year round in all kinds of weather and stated that the region has enormous agricultural potential that would make beneficial not only the region but the entire nation.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

Norway Pledges Continued Support for Ethiopia’s Green Development Efforts

Addis Ababa: Norway has announced that it will continue its assistance for the government of Ethiopia’s efforts to fight climate change through green development.

Mari Martinsen, adviser of Climate, Environment and Forest at the Norwegian Embassy told ENA that Ethiopia and Norway have maintained a robust relationship in the battle against the effects of climate change, ever since the launch of Climate Resilient Green Economy Strategy in Durban in 2011.

The government of Norway has also been providing supports to civic society organizations and research institutions that are engaged in the protection of climate change and biodiversity in Ethiopia the adviser noted.

The adviser has also commended the efforts being carried out in the protection of biodiversity citing the Green Legacy Initiative.

According to her, the Green Legacy Initiative demonstrates the commitment of Ethiopian government to ensuring green development.

“Green Legacy demonstrates the commitment of Ethiopian government towards green develo
pment manifesting the importance of forestry sector as trees are important instruments in helping to tackle the impacts of climate change.”

Since climate change poses a threat to biodiversity and future generation’s wellbeing, it must receive adequate support from all corners, the adviser underlined.

The adviser also stated that Norway’s climate and environment minister made a commitment to fortify its cooperation with the Ethiopian government on climate-related matters until 2030.

” As per this partnership agreement the government of Norway will continue providing support to Ethiopia’s efforts to mitigate impacts of climate change, forestry development, and food security,” she stated.

The agreement will also allow Ethiopia to tap the financial market of carbon credit and other resources.

She affirmed that Norway’s government will continue to assist the development of forests in Ethiopia, pointing out that two of the 36 areas with notable successes in biodiversity protection worldwide are in Ethiopia.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency