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As a child, my parents constantly sang the song of hygiene practices which still rings in my ears to date. Funny enough, as siblings we even made a song out of it. As we danced along our cleaning song in sweet soprano voices, what we didn’t know was that those lessons were being drilled into our systems for life. Now into my older years, I attest that all of those lessons made my adulting easier and marriage even manageable. Because sincerely speaking, who wants to live with someone who is not hygiene conscious? Bless my parents for these lessons which are easy for anyone to begin culturing.

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Washing hands

There is so much power in this simple act. It is a great way to keep the germs away. Think of how much dirt kids get in their hands on a daily basis, and sink in the importance of this suggestion. From playing with soil, to crawling around or exchanging toys. Kids come into contact with a lot of germs. Ensure you train them to wash their hands after visiting the washroom. You don’t have to wait for your child to be five years. When you begin potty training which starts at around two years, make it a culture to wash their hands after their business. As a rule of the thumb, be sure to use soap or teach them to use alcohol based sanitizers.

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Bathing regularly

Let’s face it. Not all kids enjoy taking baths. If you are always having a power struggle with your children about their bath, it’s time you decided upon creative ways of making them enjoy it. You can sing songs or use warm water to make it more appealing and child-friendly. Let your children appreciate bathing daily and teach them how to clean different body parts. For girls, for instance, how they should clean their privates is different from how they wash hair with a lot of soap products.

Brushing teeth

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Having had two root canal extractions and three cavities in my teens, I regrettably agree that my mother was right. I struggled with dental hygiene as a preteen and lived to face the hard and painful consequences of toothaches. Encouraging your kids to brush their teeth twice a day, in the morning and evening is important. Not only does it really keep the dental ailments at bay but also saves you a lot of money through dental visits as needless to say, dentists charge a lot for consultation and treatment.

Encouraging your kids to brush their teeth twice a day (Shutterstock)

Covering mouth when coughing or sneezing

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You can easily tell who among your friends has been brought up finely. Covering someone’s mouth when coughing and sneezing is a show of good etiquette too. Give them some tissue or handkerchief which they can use when the flu is beckoning. Your children will soon understand that they are taking such precautions so as to maintain hygiene standards.

Creating a hygiene culture starts with you as your children learn so much from their parents. If you are modelling the right practices, you can relax knowing that they shall copy and paste it in their lives.

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ONE ON ONE: Breeder LW opens up about his musical journey, the Gengetone wave and future projects

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I’m a big fan of Breeder LW. In my opinion, he is one of the fastest rising rappers in Kenya. His approach to music is very unique and the chances that you’ll love his songs the first time you listen to them are very high.

Also read: Breeder LW, a musical genius who is pushing the limits

I have always wanted to interview him so I reached out about a fortnight ago and he was kind enough to return my phone call.

Breeder LW

We spoke about a number of things including; his musical journey, the Gengetone wave, influences, future projects and whatnot.

You should have seen the shock on my face when I learnt that he has been doing music since 2013. The reason I was taken aback was because most people came to know him after he featured on Khali Cartel 3 in 2019.

Breeder also shared his thoughts on the Gengetone wave. People have been saying that the sound – which has ruled the airwaves  for the last two years – became boring and it’s now a thing of the past.

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However, Breeder does not share these sentiments. According to him, the sound is alive and what’s happening is that it’s evolving and during this phase some artists will be phased out while others will continue to shine.

I also asked the Inde hitmaker if he has ever considered joining a group and he told me that he was in a duo when he was starting off but it’s not something he would consider at the moment because it would limit him.

I am sure you are pondering how he got to feature on Khaligraph Jones’ Khali Cartel 3, the song that introduced him to Kenyans, and apparently, they met in 2019 and he promised to work with him in future.

Listen to the interview below.


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Number of medics infected with Covid-19 rises to 54 cases

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The number of health workers who have tested positive for Coronavirus in the country has risen to 54.

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Acting director-general for Health Dr. Patrick Amoth said Thursday that the toll represents 3.5% of the total infections in the country.

Gladly, no fatality has been recorded among the health care workers in the country.

On his part, health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe urged health workers to prioritize their own health and safety, even as they attend to Covid-19 patients.

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He also praised them for being on the front line in fighting the virus.

Kagwe pledged more government support to improve their welfare during this pandemic period.

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At the same time, Kiambu governor James Nyoro called for the recruitment of more health workers to help boost efforts in addressing the Coronavirus pandemic at the county level.

Kagwe says the government is on course to ensure that the country achieves the envisaged Universal Health Coverage goal.

The Cabinet Secretary who spoke in Kiambu County said that the government is intent on making health more accessible to all by putting in place measures that make healthcare affordable.

Universal health coverage is a healthcare system in which all residents of a particular country or region are assured of access to healthcare.

UHC answers to Sustainable Development Goal number three which is Good Health and Well-being.

The CS called on Kenyans to register for the National Health Insurance Fund noting that it is through contribution to the fund that the government can ensure accessible healthcare to all.

Also read https://www.kbc.co.ke/kenyas-covid-19-cases-test-positive/

 

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At the End of June, It Will Be Life Support for Kenyan SMEs

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Seventy-five (75%) percent of Kenyan Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) will be running the risk of collapsing at the end of June as COVID-19 continues to ravage the business entities that form the bedrock of the country’s economy.

Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) Governor Dr. Patrick Njoroge in a Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) virtual briefing on Thursday expressed concern that three-quarters of small and medium Kenyan businesses do not have the wherewithal to withstand the pandemic stressing the urgent need for a formula to stop their imminent death.

According to Dr Njoroge, a survey conducted by the monetary policy regulator in April shows that SMEs are running on empty, struggling to sustain operations including paying suppliers.

“Whatever policy action put in place to help MSMEs needs to go beyond finance, into finance plus, including linkages to other markets, ” said Dr. Njoroge.

The CBK Governor also called on Kenyans not to hesitate sharing the challenges they are facing while servicing their loans adding that the regulator is working with banks to make sure that borrowers get the relief they need to to overcome the crisis.

As part of the measures to support businesses, Njoroge said, Kenyans should be ready to explain the challenges they are experiencing with their banks while servicing loans.

Thursday’s briefing was a follow up of a Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) decision to maintain the base lending rate at 7.00%.

Worrying Times

SMEs form the cream of Kenya’s economy constituting 98% of all businesses in the country according to CBK statistics.

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Conversely, this boards gloom for the SMEs which employ approximately 14.9 million Kenyans.

As it stands, SMEs have already taken a beating from the restriction of movement within and outside the country compounded by the widespread loss of jobs in the country.

In the same vein, another survey by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) shows that a third of Kenyans are struggling to pay rent over the pandemic.

The survey dubbed Socio-Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Households Report, 30.5 percent of households were unable to pay rent on the agreed date in April citing reduced income.

All these factors combined are piling pressure on the government to reopen the economy to cushion Kenyans who are struggling to sustain their livelihoods without a source of income.

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