Kenya contemplates expanded use of recently approved Malaria vaccine

KENYA – The Ministry of Health in Kenya has announced plans to roll out the first ever approved vaccine against malaria to various parts of the Country. The government has said consultations are ongoing with experts and advisory bodies to make considerations on the expanded use of the Malaria vaccine known as RTS,S based on in-country morbidity data and regulatory provisions. WHO recommended wider use of the vaccine across sub Saharan Africa and other regions earlier this week, following a review of malaria vaccine data generated from the pilot and…

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First batch of UK, Kenya healthcare agreement beneficiaries set to leave by end month

KENYA – The first batch of Kenyan nurses set to join the UK healthcare workforce will leave at the end of this month. Kenya will send 20,000 nurses on a three-year contract in an agreement signed between the two countries when President Uhuru Kenyatta visited the UK in July. The bilateral agreement was signed on July 29 for collaboration in the healthcare workforce. It permits Kenyan healthcare professionals to work for the National Health Service. The Labor ministry, through the National Employment Authority, has been mandated to recruit qualified nurses…

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Ministry of Health launches vaccination drive for public transport operators

KENYA – A campaign that seeks to encourage stakeholders in the public transport sector to get vaccinated against Covid-19 has been launched in Kenya amid concern over low uptake of vaccines in parts of the country. Speaking in Nairobi at the launch of the public service transport operators Covid-19 vaccination awareness campaign, health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the Government remains committed to have all those eligible get vaccinated. While lauding the efforts of public service transport operators for their role in the country’s economic development, the health CS said…

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Surge in kidney ailments increases NHIF payment for renal dialysis

KENYA- Cost for covering renal dialysis has more than tripled over the last four years, as NHIF paid a whooping Ksh. 3.8 billion to cover dialysis expenses, indicating the growth in kidney disease burden among Kenyan citizens. The national social health insurer remitted 3.844 billion shillings 295,563 claims for patients who underwent renal dialysis procedures between June 2017 and June 2021 as soaring cases of chronic kidney diseases continue to burden the fund. This represented a 208 percent increase from the Ksh. 1.247 billion the NHIF paid for hemodialysis in…

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KUTRRH launches Brachytherapy treatment for Cancer patients

KENYA – As a center of excellence in cancer care, Kenyatta University Hospital (KUTRRH), a Kenyan National Referral Hospital with a 650-bed capacity equipped with state-of-art medical amenities, has attained yet another milestone by the launching of the brachytherapy treatment for cancer patients. Brachytherapy, also known as internal radiation, is a form of radiotherapy treatment where the source of radiation is placed on or inside the diseased area.  KUTRRH has installed one of the latest model equipment funded by the Central Government through the Ministry of Health (MOH) as part…

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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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