Kenya launches a five-year national strategic plan for prevention and control of NCDs

KENYA – The ministry of health has launched a five-year National Strategic Plan for the Prevention & Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) as the government moves to effectively deal with the growing burden of non-communicable diseases. Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the burden, especially in low-and middle-income countries, presents substantive challenges for the health systems. In a speech read on his behalf by Health Chief Administrative Secretary, Dr. Mercy Mwangangi, the Cabinet Secretary said the development of the National plan 2021/22-2025/26 is informed by the need to strengthen comprehensive…

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Kenyan Government invests on healthcare systems to bolster access to quality care

KENYA – Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has said the government is investing in regional and national healthcare systems that will enable easy and fast access to quality care at the local level. Speaking at the Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral & Research Hospital (KUTRRH) during the reception of officials from Gruppo San Donato, the CS said the Covid-19 pandemic has brought to light global disparities in healthcare systems and exposed the fragility of public healthcare systems in even the most powerful of nations. The CS cited mental health as having…

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Ministry of health launches the manual of clinical procedures in Nursing and Midwifery

KENYA – Kenya’s Ministry of Health (MOH) has launched the 4th Edition of the manual of clinical procedures in Nursing and Midwifery & entry level scope of practice for Nurses and midwives in Kenya. The Manual of Clinical Procedures in Nursing & Midwifery, captures fundamentals of Nursing; Medical-Surgical Nursing; Midwifery and Obstetrics Nursing; Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing and Community Health Nursing. These documents signify a milestone in fulfilling the function of improving, promoting, and protecting the health of Kenyans as well as their wellbeing through Health Policy and Standards…

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Kenya launches emergency medical care policy, keen on developing health sector

KENYA – Health Chief Administrative Dr. Rashid Aman has launched the Emergency Medical Care Policy 2020-2030. He has also inaugurated the Emergency medical care steering committee. The launch of the policy is a great milestone in the Kenyan health sector, strengthening structures to meet the multifaceted demands for provision of efficient emergency and disaster preparedness, mitigation and response as well as building resilience in the health care system. At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, MOH Kenya initiated a single short-code toll- free emergency access number, 719 which was supported…

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Kenya launches guidelines to cut deaths from leishmaniasis disease

KENYA – Ministry of Health and its stakeholders have launched a plan to eliminate Leishmaniasis disease by 2025. They have released guidelines to help reduce deaths from the parasitic disease visceral leishmaniasis, or kala-azar. Kenya currently hosts about 95% of the infections. The disease affects vital organs like the skin. Leishmaniasis is a parasitic disease that is found in parts of the tropics, subtropics, and southern Europe. It is classified as a neglected tropical disease (NTD). Leishmaniasis is caused by infection with Leishmania parasites, which are spread by the bite…

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Almost four million children set to receive measles rubella vaccine

KENYA – An urgent measles and rubella (MR) vaccination campaign has been launched in Kajiado County by the Government of Kenya, with support of World Health Organization, WHO, UNICEF, Gavi the Vaccine Alliance, and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The campaign, which will be conducted from 26 June to 5 July, aims to vaccinate 3.9 million children aged 9 months to 5 years, in 22 counties across Kenya. The target counties were selected based on high numbers of unimmunized children and reported measles outbreaks. “The Government of Kenya…

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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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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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