Kenya has five weeks to use over 350,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses from Denmark

KENYA – The government of Kenya will need to expedite the deployment of 358,700 doses of the Astrazeneca Covid-19 vaccine donated by Denmark, which are to expire on July 31. The jabs arrived in Kenya on Monday night and were taken to the national vaccines store in Athi River for distribution. Head of vaccines deployment task force, Willis Akhwale, said despite the short expiry period, Kenya has one of the most efficient rollout plans. “So with these ones, and the capacity to even vaccinate 50,000 people per day, we believe…

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African countries feature prominently in WHO’s new global lists of high-burden countries for TB

AFRICA – African countries have been cited in the new WHO lists of high burden countries for tuberculosis (TB), HIV-associated TB and multidrug/rifampicin-resistant TB. Zimbabwe transitioned out of the list of the 30 high TB burden countries while Gabon and Uganda joined the list. Angola, Chad, Ghana and Papua New Guinea have transitioned out of the 30 high TB/HIV burden countries whilst Gabon and Guinea have joined the list. The 30 high MDR/RR-TB burden countries list saw Ethiopia and Kenya transition out while Zambia joined. WHO officially communicated with the…

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Revital Healthcare EPZ Ltd signs indenture with Tanzania to supply medical equipment

KENYA – Revital Healthcare, a medical disposable products manufacturing company in Kilifi Kenya, has received an order to supply 11 million Covid-19 vaccine syringes to Tanzania. Revital Healthcare EPZ is the only manufacturer of the COVID-19 test kits in Africa and one of the 66 manufacturers in the world which is USFDA (United States Food and Drug Administration) certified. This comes amid improved relations between Kenya and Tanzania since President Samia Suluhu took over leadership. According to Revital Healthcare sales and market product development director, Roneek Vora, the Tanzanian market…

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Nairobi Hospital confirms James Nyamongo as hospital CEO

KENYA – The Nairobi Hospital Board of Management has confirmed the appointment of James Nyamongo as the facility’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Mr. Nyamongo’s appointment is effective December 7, 2020, when he was appointed acting CEO on a six-month probationary term following the unceremonious ouster of former CEO Allan Pamba. In a statement to media houses announcing his appointment, the board said it appreciated the progress Mr. Nyamongo has achieved towards the transformation of the hospital. The CEO holds a Master’s Degree in Finance and Public Policy from the University…

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Kenya augments COVID-19 restrictions in parts of the country following a surge in infections

KENYA – Kenya’s Ministry of Health has announced stringent measures to help curb the spread of coronavirus in 13 counties located in the western parts of the country that have been designated as the new virus hotspots. Mutahi Kagwe, cabinet secretary in the Ministry of Health said that among the revised measures to halt the spread of the virus in the 13 counties includes extended night curfew, ban on public gatherings and in-person worship. “Except for essential and emergency services, movement between the hotspot zones and the rest of the…

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Ministry embarks on a mechanism to strengthen accountability for donated blood in the Country

KENYA – The Ministry of Health, through the Kenya National Blood Transfusion Service has embarked on strengthening blood accountability mechanism, an approach that will ensure regular blood stock taking, maintenance of the national blood inventory management system and electronic tracking of donated blood. Speaking in Nairobi when she officiated the World Blood Donor Day, Health Principal Secretary, Susan Mochache, noted that the safety of blood being offered to Kenya is very important and informed that the Ministry has issued a circular on hemovigilance to ensure safety of blood. “We urge…

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NMS set to commission 12 new hospitals in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi

KENYA – The Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) is primed to open 12 new hospitals within a fortnight as it steps up access to affordable healthcare in informal settlements in Nairobi. The 12 health facilities are part of 24 hospitals being put up by the Major General Mohamed Badi-led administration in the lower-income residential areas. “A total of 12 of the new hospitals are ready for commissioning. We are hoping in the next two weeks His Excellency the President will give us guidance on opening them,” said Mr Badi. Already, four…

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Helium Health launches in Kenya with aim to integrate new technologies in healthcare

KENYA – Helium Health, a Lagos-based HealthTech provider, has launched its operations in Kenya to offer services in Electronic Medical Records(EMR) and Hospital Management Information(HMI) systems. The company is in partnership with Philips Healthcare Technologies, Carepay and Savannah Informatics, who are local service providers, to integrate new services, including an EMR to serve the entire East African market. Launched in 2016, Helium Health is the largest Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and Hospital Management Information (HMI) Systems provider in West Africa. Venturing into the Kenyan market follows a plan the company…

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Kenya launches mental health plan to implement recommendations of task force

KENYA – Kenya has launched a new mental health plan that will provide the framework to implement the recommendations from the mental health policy and taskforce report that was released in 2019. Speaking during the launch, the Chief Administrative Secretary at the Ministry of Health Dr. Mercy Mwangangi, on behalf of the Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, said that the Kenya Mental Health Action Plan is targeting to improve mental health management in the country, considering that it remains an integral pillar in Kenya’s health system and social-economic development.  According to…

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Medical care giant MP Shah Hospital launches its 5-year strategic plan centered on innovation

KENYA – MP Shah Hospital, a 240-bed facility located in Nairobi, has launched a five-year strategic plan in a move to refocus on the hospital’s vision, mission and values. The strategy labelled AMUA (Always Maintaining Uniformity of Awesome Care), is part of the hospital’s journey of tiny but steady steps upward. “Healthcare innovation has resulted in improvement in products, technology and service delivery that have shown improvements in life expectancy, quality of life and clinical outcomes. This has also improved efficiency, reduced costs and human errors,” said Dr Toseef Din,…

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