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Nyandarua County pumps Ksh 2.4B into fight against COVID-19 – KBC

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Nyandarua has set aside Ksh 2.4 billion to fight the impact and the spread of Corona Virus in the county. 

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Governor Francis Kimemia disclosed that part of the funds has been used to procure ventilators, PPEs and masks in stepped up efforts to contain the disease, as the Country braces for Covid-19 peak from next month.  

“Apart from procurement of equipment, we have set aside Ksh.230million to fight this pandemic, which means the county has to put on hold other ongoing development projects,” he stated.  

Kimemia spoke on Monday during the Good Morning Kenya show aired on KBC Channel 1 where he gave an update on the County’s preparedness against COVID-19.  

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Additionally, the county has managed to install an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with 15 beds and nine ventilators as well as an isolation facility with 330 beds in case the pandemic escalates.  

More than 8,000 water tanks have been installed in various markets in the County to ensure adequate hand washing in line with the Ministry of Health safety guidelines.  

Kimemia said surveillance had been intensified at the County’s 10 border points to check movement of people in and out of the County.  

This, he said will make contact tracing easier in the event of a positive case.  

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The County is also working closely with officers from the Nyumba Kumi initiative to sensitize the communities against stigmatization of COVID-19 victims and taking proper precautionary measures against the disease.  

He further appealed to the people of Nyandarua County residing in Nairobi or other areas to avoid visiting their parents and the elderly in wake of COVID-19. 

Kimemia says that young people could unknowingly pass the virus to their elders leading to more infections.  

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He advised them to use phone communication and mobile money transfer at least until the decline of infections in the Country.  

“While I acknowledge that we cannot stop children from visiting their parents at the same time we highly encourage them to keep staying where they are,” he stated.  

“It is advisable that the middle class working in Nairobi and other counties to minimize interactions with their parents and grandparents until we see how this disease is contained,” Kimemia said  

A previous statement by the Council of Governors Chairperson Wycliffe Oparanya revealed that only 26 Counties have been able to put up a 300-bed isolation Center in line with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive.  

Currently, Kenya has 10,294 COVID-19 cases and Health officials have warned that easing the lock-down measures could lead to an increase of infections and deaths.  

However, this could be avoided by adhering to all safety protocols put in place by the Ministry of Health. 

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Kenya wildlife reserves threatened as tourists stay away

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In the majestic plains of the Maasai Mara, the coronavirus pandemic spells economic disaster for locals who earn a living from tourists coming to see Kenya’s abundant wildlife.
Even before the virus arrived in Kenya mid-March, tourism revenues had plummeted, with cancellations coming in from crucial markets such as China, Europe and the United States.
According to the tourism ministry, the sector has lost $750 million this year — roughly half of the total revenue in 2019.
“We were fully booked in June but now we have zero bookings. Nothing. It’s terrible,” said Jimmy Lemara, 40, the manager of an eco-lodge in the private Ol Kinyei conservancy.
In the Maasai Mara, one of Africa’s most highly-rated wildlife reserves located in the vast flat plains of the Great Rift Valley, the local Maasai community, traditional herders who make up 2.5 percent of the population, now depend almost exclusively upon tourism for their livelihood.
In a unique model set up to engage local communities in tourism, enabling them to see the value of wildlife and thus protect it, the Maasai now get revenue from renting their land to form private wildlife conservancies.
Some work as cooks, guides and security guards in the lodges while others give tours of their traditional homes or sell homemade crafts to tourists.
‘SURVIVAL MODE’ 
People in Talek, a dusty town situated at one of the entrances to the Maasai Mara national reserve, are gloomily buckling down, hoping for better days.
Kenya has announced international flights will resume on August 1, but the high season is already lost.
“Since December, work has been extremely low, and now we’re in survival mode hoping to make 150 to 200 shillings ($1.4 to $1.9) a day, to be able to buy a meal,” said Ibrahim Sameri, 38, whose small mechanic workshop can generate up to $30 a day in the high season.
Nalokiti Sayialel normally sells bead necklaces and bracelets to tourists passing through.
“It’s been three months that I haven’t sold anything,” the 45-year-old told AFP.
“This is terrible. Everything is stuck. Everything is shut down. (I have) never seen something like that”, said tour guide Petro Nautori who has had no work since January.
The Maasai Mara national reserve, run by the Narok county government, extends to the north with several privately-managed conservancies renting land from the Maasai who in exchange do not graze their cattle or settle there.
This model has since 2005 allowed the doubling of the habitat for wildlife in this area.
On average, each land owner earns $220 per month, far more than the minimum wage in the area.
However like other conservancies, Ol Kinyei is struggling and has agreed to only pay half the usual rent to the Maasai, after having to pay back deposits to tourists who cancelled their holidays.
The salaries of lodge employees have also been cut by half.
FORCED TO SELL LIVESTOCK 
Some Maasai families are having to turn to selling their precious livestock to earn money.
“Because we’re getting little and it’s not enough to sustain the family for a living, I had to sell two goats worth about 12,000 shillings to put on top of what I’m getting to keep me going,” said Julius Sanare, 41, head chef at the eco-lodge in Ol Kinyei.
However livestock markets have been shut due to coronavirus prevention measures.
Residents said the Maasai are instead selling their animals on the black market for a pittance to unscrupulous buyers taking advantage of their desperation.
Mohanjeet Brar, managing director of Porini safari camps which run two conservancies and several lodges in the Mara, said the “catastrophic” situation could threaten the existence of the reserves.
“If the landowners are not getting any revenue, they can’t feed themselves, they can’t send their kids to schools, they would have no option but to look at other forms of land utilisation,” he said.
“Fencing it off, selling it to people, building businesses… all those alternate land uses don’t go together with wildlife and elephants and big cats and so this would be completely lost,” he said.
“And once it’s lost, if you look at Kenya and its very fast population growth rate and good economic growth over the last few years, it would be lost forever. It would be a real shame.”
 

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Check out how medics stepped out during the burial of Dr Adisa

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It was an all black affair for medics in Kenya as they laid Dr Adisa Lugaliki to rest after she succumbed to Covid-19 which she contracted in the line of duty.

The mother of two became the first doctor to succumb to Covid-19 throwing the medical fraternity into a frenzy.

As a way of paying tribute to their friend and colleague, medics chose to wear black.

Taking to their twitter account Kenya Medical association wrote,

‘For Adisa! Escorting her back home.Thank you @lizwala for representing us. It is a black affair for our beloved Dr.Adisa.’

Dr Doreen Adisa

Below are photos of different medics in black in honour of Dr Adisa.

Dr Adisa's colleague in the medical field
Dr Adisa’s colleague in the medical field
Dr Liz Wala
Dr Liz Wala

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BY THE BOOK: Jane Ngunjiri

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By VIVIAN ODONGO

Jane Ngunjiri is a counselling psychologist, a trainer, author, mother and wife with over 15 years’ experience in the area of counselling, training and motivation.

She is also an author of three published academic journals. She speaks to Nation about her writing journey and experience in counseling in relation to parenting and teenagers.

Tell us about your book

Raising a child is probably the most gratifying job any parent will ever have but also the most challenging.

My book is basically about equipping parents, teachers, pastors and counsellors with the requisite skills, knowledge and mindset for parenting adolescents in the 21stcentury.

It is based on extensive research, work experience and my own personal experience as a parent.

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My advice to parents is for them to make early interventions to avoid crying over spilt milk.

Teenage and parenthood is something you’re passionate about. What can you say about the rise of teenage pregnancies in Machakos and across the country?

My take is that due to the socio-economic transition, lack of the requisite skills and knowledge coupled with poverty, most parents rely on teachers or leave their teens under the influence of peers to provide information on sex. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, teenagers are currently out of school, very idle and their sex hormones are at their peak.

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Most parents want to do their best in talking to their teens about sex.  However, they are often not sure about how to begin due to their own socialization (their parents never discussed sexual matters with them).

Nevertheless, it is critical for parents to become the first teachers for their children on matters of sexuality and drug abuse before anyone else can confuse them with “just facts”.

Tip; It is better to talk to your children before eleven years. While talking to them about sex, remember to talk about more than basic biology and communicate your values as they also need moral guidance from you.

Do you think the Kenyan government is doing enough to provide sustainable mental health care to adolescents?

The government is doing its part of providing the facilities and staff (health care professionals and psychologists).  However, a lot more needs to be done in terms of providing mental health awareness and reducing situations that put adolescents at risk of poor mental health.  Parents and teachers also have a huge obligation of identifying the earliest signs of mental illness for early intervention and management.  The issue of drug abuse among adolescent is on the increase and has negatively affected mental health.

Which other books would you recommend for parents struggling with raising teenagers?

On becoming a woman, Across the Bridge by Mwangi Gicheru and Counselling Adolescents by Geldad and Geldard (2004).

How has the writing and publishing process been like for you?

My motivation for writing this book was occasioned by my fear of parenting my adolescents which was triggered by a negative comment made way back before I parented my two daughters who are now young adults.  From that single comment( to the effect that no one has the authority to comment about parenting issues before parenting a teenager), I purposed to undertake the necessary research to assess what it takes to successfully parent an adolescent.

From the moment I decided to write this book, it took me approximately ten years when the final version was finally published and ready for the market.  That is why it is imperative to choose a topic that you are passionate about as the journey is quite long, expensive and full of challenges.

Which book genres do you enjoy reading most, and why?

Motivation Books like the Power of Positive Thinking, Ben Carson’s books and Rich Dad Poor Dad; such books have been instrumental in my parenting journey, personal growth and in motivating and counselling my clients.

Do you think it’s possible for a Kenyan author to entirely rely on book writing as a source of income?

It is challenging but not impossible as it requires very good marketing and network skills.  It is also a long process and Kenyans do not like reading.  I have been selling mine as a side hassle and so far I have sold over 100 copies. I have also discovered that working with a publishing house gives you fewer returns and you end up selling similar or fewer copies.

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill and working on my second book.

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