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Coronavirus: 44 people released from hospital

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Kenya has released 44 people from hospital after being in isolation for 14 days, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said Friday.

Mr Kagwe added that seven people are being treated for coronavirus and are stable.

Additionally, he said the government is awaiting results on four patients admitted to Mbagathi Hospital in the capital Nairobi, as one tested negative and is being prepared for discharge.

As the public remains vigilant against the pandemic that has caused the deaths of close to 10,000 people globally, Mr Kagwe announced restrictions on entertainment joints such as bars and nightclubs, and advised supermarkets to limit the number of shoppers.

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“To contain the impact of this disease, the national emergency response committee has resolved the taking of the following additional precautionary measures: all entertainment areas are to close by 7:30pm until further notice; during operating hours, they are to restrict the number of people within their premises so as to conform to the social distance of 1.5 meters apart; food vendors are encouraged to introduce home deliveries to minimise contact,” he said.

He clarified that eateries will remain opened but must uphold safety measures.

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The Cabinet secretary said individual responsibility plays a major role in the success against the pandemic.

Further, Health Chief Administrative Secretary Rashid Aman said a clean-up exercise will take place at Gikomba Market in Nairobi on Saturday, as he urged traders to instal hand sanitisers at the entrance of markets.

Dr Aman urged the public not to panic but remain alert.

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Meet the brains behind online therapy sessions for athletes – Nairobi News

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Covid-19 has changed how most people and organizations with a lot of work now being done from home. The sports industry has also changed with athletes mostly working out from through online platforms like Zoom.

Two psychologists have also embraced the change and are now offering free therapy sessions for athletes.

Rowena Tirop and Kanyali Ilako, who work under the umbrella of Brain Frees Consultancies, say the main reason they are offering free therapy sessions to athletes is because they realized athletes are going through difficult times at the moment and their mental health has been ignored for a while even before the pandemic.

The therapy sessions will kick off on Monday 25th June and will end on Friday 5th June. They will be conducted via phone calls, Whatsapp and Zoom.

Nairobi News caught up with the duo recently.

In a nutshell, who are you?

Rowena Tirop: We are a partnership of two ladies working under one umbrella, Brain Frees Consultancies. I have a background in competitive swimming, hockey and football. I have a degree in Psychology and Counselling and MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology. I have worked with a collegiate rugby Union in London and currently work with the Kenya Rugby Union (KRU)

Kanyali Ilako: I have an MSc in Sports and Performance Psychology and my background is in competitive swimming. I have worked with Olympic swimmers in Finland, a league one football team in Greece, at the International Tennis Federation (ITA) East Africa training center in Kenya and I’m also an intellectual impairment classifier with the International Paralympic committee (IPC).

How did you get into this profession?

Kanyali Ilako: Having been a competitive swimmer and then coach, I realized that athletes and coaches get support nutritionally, physically through Strength and Conditioning training but there was still a gap in the mental health aspect and I have always been passionate about the importance and de-stigmatization of mental health.

Rowena Tirop: I love always loved sports. My intrigue rose from seeing athletes injured and the process of getting them back to playing. Following this I noticed the main priorities were physical and nutritional health and the mental health was rarely focused on. Watching Mike Friday’s coaching sessions, and the former Kenya Sevens team playing sealed it for me and I decided to combine the two things I enjoy, psychology and sport.

How has the experience been so far?

Kanyali Ilako: The experience has been great so far people are intrigued and interested and surprisingly not shy to reach out. Having worked with different organizations, clubs and individuals and recently appearing on different media platforms addressing this in the last 3 years there is growth and appreciation for this service.

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What is your take on the uptake of such a professional service you are offering among Kenyan athletes?

Rowena Tirop: It is very important. There is no health without mental health, to break through your performance you have to break through your psychology.

Is there a demand for the same?

Kanyali Ilako: Yes, now more than ever. COVID-19 has altered all our lives and the changes that have come about, as a result, have led to an increase in sedentary behaviors and in turn it has contributed to an increase in mental ailments such as anxiety, frustration, irritability and depressive moods. Athletes are facing career disruptions, as experienced with injuries or retirement, and are led to training in less effective environments without their coaches and teams.

Any challenges?

Rowena Tirop: It is still a very new thing here, with the two of us being the only ones currently practicing it in Kenya. However, there has been significant progress in the field of Psychology and Psychiatry towards the destigmatization of mental disorders. We have to keep going.

What prompted you to start online therapy sessions?

Kanyali Ilako: It is a very difficult time for athletes and coaches and we wanted to reach as many people as we could.

Anything else you’d like to clarify?

Rowena Tirop: Yes. People confuse psychologists and psychiatrists a lot. We are psychologists, not psychiatrists.

Psychiatrists are trained medical doctors, they can prescribe medications and they spend much of their time with patients on medication management as a course of treatment while psychologists focus extensively on psychotherapy and treating emotional and mental suffering in patients with behavioral interventions.

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Brazil’s health ministry said Monday it would not change its recommendation to treat coronavirus with hydroxychloroquine, despite the World Health Organisation deciding to suspend trials of the drug over safety concerns.

Like his US counterpart Donald Trump, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has touted the supposed benefits of hydroxychloroquine and a related drug, chloroquine, against the new coronavirus.

Studies, however, have questioned their safety and efficacy against the disease, including one published Friday in respected medical journal The Lancet that found the drugs actually increased the risk of death.

That led the WHO to suspend a worldwide clinical trial of hydroxychloroquine as a Covid-19 treatment Monday.

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“We’re remaining calm and there will be no change” to the Brazilian guideline issued last week, health ministry official Mayra Pinheiro told a news conference.

The guideline recommended doctors in the public health system prescribe either chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine from the onset of Covid-19 symptoms.

It was issued shortly after the resignation of former health minister Nelson Teich, who reportedly quit over Bolsonaro’s insistence on pushing the drugs despite a lack of solid evidence.

He was Brazil’s second health minister in less than a month.

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Brazil, the Latin American country hit hardest by the pandemic, has emerged as the latest flashpoint, with nearly 375,000 cases — the second-highest in the world, after the United States — and more than 23,000 deaths.

Experts say under-testing means the real figures are probably far higher.

Hydroxychloroquine is typically used to treat autoimmune diseases, while chloroquine is generally used against malaria.

Preliminary studies in China and France had generated hope the drugs might be effective against the new coronavirus.

That led governments to buy them in bulk. Trump even said last week he was taking hydroxychloroquine as a preventive measure, though he said Sunday he had finished his course of treatment.

Pinheiro questioned the Lancet study, which analyzed the medical records of 96,000 patients across hundreds of hospitals.

“It wasn’t a clinical trial, it was just a data set collected from different countries, and that doesn’t meet the criteria of a methodologically acceptable study to serve as a reference for any country in the world, including Brazil,” she said.

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Low-key amazing albums you can buy online – KBC

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We’ve found some amazing, understated albums that you can purchase 

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There are some amazing albums out there including Nyashinski’s Lucky You and some just about to drop like Sauti Sol’s Midnight Train and Serro’s Kuwe. However, there are some understated albums that you can purchase now. Here are five to get you started.

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Everyone’s just winging it and other fly tales by Blinky Bill

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Blinky Bill is a Kenyan creative who believes that music should be less of a stagnant framework and more creative with the capability of transcending borders. This album is a soulful fusion of jazz and funk.

“Mungu Halali”, a single off the album, is a declaration of gratitude. The video features Leonard Mambo Mbotela, the KBC veteran and media guru, of the “Je Huu ni Ungwana?” fame and gives the video its old school opening. It also features Mbithi and Dan Muli of Just A Band – Blinky’s former electronic and funk band – who bring the video to a nostalgic close and Blinky’s parents and plenty of artsy Nairobians like Patricia Kihoro, Lyra Aoko and Wanja Wohoro.

Number of songs: 12

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Price: KSh. 1,160

Anatimiza by Kambua

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If you’re looking for a good, feel good Kiswahili gospel album, then look no further than this.

Number of songs: 11

Price: KSh. 200

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Shift Happens by Emma Cheruto

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A groovy soulful album about a web of love.

A description of the album says, “(It) highlights the inescapable cycle of love. You never know if you are dealing with your everlasting love or just caught up in the cycle. The flow of the songs is symbolic, starting with ‘’Nice Car’’ which talks about the immediate admiration of seeing someone you fancy, and as the E.P. progresses one can see the slow change from love to doubt, and inevitably hurt, loss and all their passionate dynamics.”

Number of songs: 8

Price: KSh. 1,000

Let’s Pretend by Mankind

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An album by a duo who refuse to fit in and create ‘mainstream’ music.

Looking for a different kind of album? An album that demands you recognise its own identity to the tune and sounds of Afropop? This is the album you’re looking for.

Number of songs: 13

Price: KSh. 299

AfroSynthesis by Shamsi Music

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AfroSynthesis is a soulful jazz album that showcases African jazz in groovy broad-strokes and infused with tales from Africa.

The album features the likes of Siti & The Band from Zanzibar, Fadhilee Itulya and Manasseh Shalom from Nairobi all previous performers at Safaricom Jazz fest.

Number of songs: 15

Price: KSh. 1,000

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