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Kiambu County receives Sh135m from business community: The Standard

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CentralGovernor received donations and said he would continue working with local farmers and the private sector.

Kiambu County has received a shot in the arm in its fight against Covid-19 after over 50 companies made donations in excess of Sh135 million.

Kiambu Governor James Nyoro, during the launch of the Kiambu Covid-19 kitty at the county headquarters, said the county was still in dire need of Sh2 billion, which will go a long way in the fight against the deadly virus.
Nyoro said businesses had been adversely affected and the county government had waived cess fees to all food transporters following a directive by the Council of Governors.
Several businesses in Kiambu County have threatened closure and layoffs of employees over the pandemic period.
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Many companies have been operating under tight Covid-19 regulations, which have seen many incur loses.
“We have received distress calls from the traders and farmers, most of whom sell chicken, milk, and eggs among others who have suffered after hotels closed and thousands lost jobs. Plans to boost these businesses are underway,” he noted.
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Richard Ngatia, the president of the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said macro and medium enterprises had begun receiving loans from the Sh200 billion deal signed with Equity Bank to cushion them from the economic shock.
Mr Ngatia noted that Kiambu residents were hardworking but like their counterparts across the country, the pandemic has hit most businesses.
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“Our three million members across the 47 counties have started receiving the loans without collateral and the same is repayable within three years at lower interest rates,” he said.
The deal will enhance continuity amid mass closures of business due to the aftershocks of the pandemic.
Ngatia encouraged farmers to continue producing various agricultural products, adding that the government had negotiated with 12 African countries to buy Kenyan products.
Thika Cloth Mills CEO Tejal Dodhia noted that the cotton industry was one of the worst hit since the clothing industry was unable to get contracts due to the effects of the virus.
“Schools are our biggest clientele, but since the indefinite closure our work force has suffered greatly. I urge NGOs, hospitals and other organisations that rely on fabric to give business opportunities locally instead of importing,” she said.
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The governor noted the kitty will also be used to streamline health care in the county, saying resources had already been overstretched due to overpopulation.
“We have a target of feeding 27,000 vulnerable households across the county, those living in informal settlements, arid and semi-arid areas. We have a huge number we are yet to reach. We hope this kitty will go a long way in helping as many households as possible,” Nyoro said.
“We are aware that Kiambu is the second largest county, with Ruiru constituency having half a million people. We already have a proposal to see a new hospital built in Ruiru.”
Additionally, Nyoro said Kiambu was a high risk area as besides being the “bedroom” of Nairobi, it was also a major transport corridor.
“We have an influx of patients in our hospitals most of whom are mainly from Nairobi and other counties. Being an exit county puts us at a higher risk of the virus.”
George Muhoho, the patron of the kitty and Eddy Njoroge, its chairman, lauded the captains of industries for their contributions.
Megascope Healthcare made a donation of Sh4 million, while Thika Cloth Mills gave Sh1.1 million.

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Beyond Zero, AMREF to train health volunteers on Covid-19 – KBC

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First Lady Margaret Kenyatta’s Beyond Zero initiative has teamed up with the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) to train 5100 community health volunteers to boost the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The one-month Covid-19 training for community health volunteers in Nairobi county sponsored by Beyond Zero at a cost of Kshs 4.5 million will be delivered virtually by AMREF through a digital learning platform called “Leap”.

Speaking Tuesday during the launch of the virtual training at the AMREF International University in Nairobi, Beyond Zero Coordinator Ms Angella Langat said the training comes at the right time when community health volunteers who are at the forefront of the Covid-19 response efforts require accurate information.

“This Covid-19 training is especially timely, as the world and Kenya grapple with the disease,” Ms Langat said.

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She expressed hope that the training will equip the community health volunteers with the necessary information and skills to help combat the spread of the virus.

“Her Excellency the First Lady’s Beyond Zero Initiative is honoured to be part of this process through the funding of the first cohort of community health volunteers. I thank the Ministry of Health, AMREF and respective teams for their commitment towards the development of this training curriculum,” Ms Langat said.

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Ms Langat pointed out that Beyond Zero’s interventions in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic is aligned to complement government efforts in promoting the health and wellbeing of Kenyans.

AMREF Enterprise CEO Caroline Mbindyo praised the partnership between Beyond Zero and her organization especially in the training of the community health volunteers, saying it will go a long way in scaling up efforts geared towards curbing the spread of Coronavirus in the country’s informal settlements.

Ms Mbindyo said AMREF has in collaboration with the Ministry of Health developed the curriculum for the training of community health workers, adding that the volunteers will access the training through their mobile phones free of charge.

Noting that there are about 70,000 community health volunteers in the country, Ms Mbindyo called on other organizations to emulate Beyond Zero and provide sponsorship for the training of the critical health providers across the country.

On her part, AMREF’s Community Training Liaison Officer Carolyne Wanyonyi said the training will enhance the awareness of the community health volunteers on Covid-19 and empower them with skills to help in the containment of the virus in their communities.

“The training will facilitate community health volunteers to be able to do risk assessment and they will also be able to know what needs to be done if an individual has been infected with the Coronavirus or is a suspected case,” Ms Wanyonyi said.

Ms Wanyonyi said the training has four modules with the first module focusing on what coronavirus is, its prevention, risks and transmission modes.

The second module will cover what the community health volunteers need to do in suspected Covid-19 cases.

The third module will look at the risks involved and the stigma associated with the disease in order to enable them counsel community members effectively.

The final module of the training will focus on community disease surveillance where the community health volunteers will learn about how to protect themselves from contracting Covid-19 in the course of their service delivery.

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Uganda moves to phased reopening amid rising Covid-19 cases

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CHARLES M. MPAGI

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Uganda will go ahead with its planned re-opening of the country despite recording more than 150 Covid-19 cases in three days, according to President Yoweri Museveni.

In an address to the nation on Monday evening, President Museveni said that public transport will resume but with necessary health and safety measures in place.

“We shouldn’t bite too much at a time. Opening for private cars has already unleashed big numbers of people moving. We have decided to postpone the opening of schools for another month,” Museveni said in his 15th address to the nation on Covid-19.

Buses and commuter taxis will resume on June 4 but will operate at half the capacity with commuters and operators “covering their mouth and nose all the time.”

Travel in districts bordering neighbouring countries is also not allowed for the next three weeks.

“For the next 21 days, no private or public transport is allowed in the border districts. There are forty districts in northern, northeastern, Bugisu, Bunyoro, Ankole and the Kigezi subregions,” added the president.

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Malls and stand-alone stores have also allowed been to reopen as long as clients observe physical distancing.

Schools, gyms, salons, bars and places of worship will remain closed for 21 more days.

Meanwhile, Uganda on Tuesday recorded 32 new Covid-19 cases raising the national tally to 489.

“Nineteen of the new confirmed cases are from 1,693 samples from points of entry while 13 are from 423 samples of contacts and alerts,” the Health Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

Fourteen new cases were recorded in Elegu, near South Sudan, two each in Busia and Malaba near the Kenyan border, while one was recorded in Mutukula near the border with Tanzania.

Thirteen of the new cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases. All patients are Ugandans.

“Currently, there are 391 admitted Covid-19 confirmed cases in 15 referral hospitals in the country. All are in stable condition,” the statement added.

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Uganda will go ahead with its planned re-opening of the country despite recording more than 150 Covid-19 cases in three days, according to President Yoweri Museveni.

In an address to the nation on Monday evening, President Museveni said that public transport will resume but with necessary health and safety measures in place.

“We shouldn’t bite too much at a time. Opening for private cars has already unleashed big numbers of people moving. We have decided to postpone the opening of schools for another month,” Museveni said in his 15th address to the nation on Covid-19.

Buses and commuter taxis will resume on June 4 but will operate at half the capacity with commuters and operators “covering their mouth and nose all the time.”

Travel in districts bordering neighbouring countries is also not allowed for the next three weeks.

“For the next 21 days, no private or public transport is allowed in the border districts. There are forty districts in northern, northeastern, Bugisu, Bunyoro, Ankole and the Kigezi subregions,” added the president.

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Malls and stand-alone stores have also allowed been to reopen as long as clients observe physical distancing.

Schools, gyms, salons, bars and places of worship will remain closed for 21 more days.

Meanwhile, Uganda on Tuesday recorded 32 new Covid-19 cases raising the national tally to 489.

“Nineteen of the new confirmed cases are from 1,693 samples from points of entry while 13 are from 423 samples of contacts and alerts,” the Health Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

Fourteen new cases were recorded in Elegu, near South Sudan, two each in Busia and Malaba near the Kenyan border, while one was recorded in Mutukula near the border with Tanzania.

Thirteen of the new cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases. All patients are Ugandans.

“Currently, there are 391 admitted Covid-19 confirmed cases in 15 referral hospitals in the country. All are in stable condition,” the statement added.

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