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Kenyans living in informal settlements are set to benefit from the construction of 24 new health facilities by the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) across the County.

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The facilities which will be put up in the next three months at a cost of Ksh 2 billion will be situated in Mathare, Kayole, Mukuru Kwa Rueben, Kibra, Githurai Soweto, Korogocho Viwandani, Majengo, Kawangware, Gitare Marigu, Mukuru Kwa Njenga.

In a press statement to newsrooms Monday, NMS Director-General Mohammed Badi said that the construction of the facilities is part of the targets his administration desires to achieve in the next 100 days.

“Our intention is to build 24 fully functional health facilities in the County’s informal settlements to further develop and build on the health agenda even during this COVID-19 situation,” said Major General Badi.

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The construction of the facilities will be a major boost, coming at a time when the Country is registering high numbers of those testing positive to COVID-19 with Nairobi County bearing the brunt as it has recorded the highest number of new cases.

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According to NMS Health Services Director Dr Josephine Kibaru-Mbae, 19 of the 24 facilities will be constructed from scratch while the remaining five will be rehabilitated, even as plans are underway to elevate Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital to a Level Five health facility.

Mbae noted that this will be a major game-changer for those living in informal settlements who do not have any health facilities, making it hard for people to access health services.

“Ten out of the targeted number will be Level Two health facilities while the rest will be Level Three,” clarified Mbae who further said that this particular action is in line with NMS’s vision in terms of health care in informal settlements which is the provision of comprehensive and quality health services to city residents living in these areas just like other parts of the county.

The Health Director further said that Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) will be given the tender to supply drugs to the facilities, stating that the agency is currently supplying NMS level 2 and 3 facilities with drugs under the Universal Healthcare Agreement.

NMS in addition has drilled a total of 93 boreholes in the informal settlements within Nairobi County to provide the residents of the areas with free clean water.

Nairobi Regional Commissioner Wilson Njega said the provision of water to the communities will end the plight of the water crisis in the settlements where the residents were buying water from vendors and kiosks at Ksh20 to Ksh30 per 20 litres jerrican.

Njega said plans were underway to increase the boreholes so that all the residents in the settlements can enjoy adequate water supply.

“The residents in these settlements are also receiving free clean water from NMS water boozers, I urge you to maintain high standards of hygiene during this period by washing hands with soap and water and sanitising to avoid contracting the disease,” said Njega.

The RC was spoke in Kibra during the flagging-off of the Phase II National Hygiene Programme (NHP) dubbed Kazi Mtaani in Kibra Constituency where 4,430 youth from the area have benefited from the programme.

Njega said the programme which has been initiated by the government to cushion the youths living in the informal settlements from the effects of COVID-19 pandemic, will see over 270,000 Kenyans countrywide and at least 53,733 from Nairobi engaged in community work.

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Europe beckons for South African rugby after Kiwi snub

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Jul 20World Cup-winning Springbok Schalk Brits believes the future of South African rugby lies in Europe after New Zealand said there was no room for sides from the republic in Super Rugby.

“All of this jet lag and flying across different time zones just does not work,” said the hooker who retired after the triumphant 2019 World Cup campaign.

“We have got so many South Africans playing in Europe and it would be awesome to see them in action here for European clubs.”

With New Zealand favouring a trans-Tasman Super Rugby competition, South Africa Rugby chief executive Jurie Roux will address the media Tuesday about the way forward.

There has been no rugby in South Africa since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, which claimed 5,033 lives by late Sunday, the most in an African country.

Here, AFP Sport looks at the possibilities for the world champions Springboks and Super Rugby teams the Bulls, Lions, Sharks and Stormers.

Rugby Championship

There has been speculation that the six-round annual tournament will be cut to four matches with New Zealand and Australia playing in South Africa only every second year.

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That would be a huge blow for SA Rugby coffers as the century-old rivalry with the All Blacks makes them a huge drawcard.

South Africa might consider abandoning the Championship and pursuing a suggestion by former All Blacks Justin Marshall and Jeff Wilson for three-Test tours between the great rivals.

“British and Irish Lions tours are so successful because we look forward to them,” noted another ex-All Black, John Kirwan. The same could be said of an All Blacks-Springboks series.

‘Seven Nations’

Should South African franchises move north, would the Springboks follow suit and apply to join England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales in a ‘Seven Nations’ championship?

Having the world champions on board would surely excite the organisers and costs would be greatly reduced if the Springboks played their three away matches on consecutive weekends.

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England, Ireland, France and Wales, in particular, would bring freshness for rugby followers, who have not rushed to the turnstiles for Championship visits by Australia and Argentina.

Ask the SA Rugby treasurer for his ‘dream’ line-up and he would surely say a multi-Test tour by the All Blacks and participation in the ‘Seven Nations’.

Super Rugby

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Although not official yet, the reality is that New Zealand want to play some Australian sides and the Pacific Islands in a new competition while excluding South Africa and Argentina.

The original version, a Super 10 between 1993 and 1995, was a superb competition, but constant tinkering and expansion has led to waning interest in a difficult-to-follow event.

Even those supporting the Golden Lions of South Africa could not have derived too much satisfaction from a 94-7 thrashing of Japanese visitors the Sunwolves three years ago.

South Africa sides often battled with time differences in Australasia — New Zealand is 11 hours ahead of the republic — and were weary after four-match tours.

‘Pro16’

Pro14 chief executive Martin Anayi says he would welcome Super Rugby ‘rejects’ the Bulls, Lions, Sharks and Stormers into an expanded edition.

“The tournament works well but could be even better if we added some South African teams,” he said, referring to a competition that also includes Irish, Italian, Scottish and Welsh teams.

But there may be no room for the two current South African Pro14 participants, the Cheetahs and Kings, who have experienced very different fortunes.

While the Cheetahs have been competitive, the Kings won just four of 55 matches in three seasons with some of the losing margins embarrassing.

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Currie Cup

The domestic competition has survived constant format changes to remain the vital ‘nursery’ from which Springboks emerge.

First staged in 1892, it was the bedrock of South African rugby until the dawn of professionalism after the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

As Test and Super Rugby fixtures took up an increasing amount of the season, the Currie Cup often battled for calendar space.

But it survived and this year could feature the four Super Rugby sides plus the Cheetahs, Kings, Griquas and Pumas, if play is possible amid the coronavirus.

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Kenya’s coronavirus cases rise to 13,771 after 418 more infections

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Kenya on Monday reported 418 more Covid-19 infections, raising the country’s tally to 13,771 since the virus was first confirmed on March 13.

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Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Rashid Aman also reported four more deaths, raising the toll to 238. He rectified an earlier report about 19 deaths in a single day, which would have been the highest number ever recorded in Kenya.

The 418 new patients were found following the testing of 2,474 samples in the last 24 hours.

Four hundred and eight of them were Kenyans and 10 foreigners while male patients numbered 263 and female patients 155.

Dr Aman also announced that 494 patients had been discharged, raising the country’s total number of recoveries to 5,616.

Of the recovered patients, 465 were under home care and the rest in hospitals.

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