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US President Donald
Trump praised North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday for
his courage in taking steps to disarm, but said much work still
had to be done and sanctions must remain in place on North Korea
un
til it denuclearizes.

“The missiles and rockets are no longer flying in every
direction, nuclear testing has stopped, some military facilities
are already being dismantled,” Trump said in his speech to the
annual United Nations General Assembly.

“I would like to thank Chairman Kim for his courage and for
the steps he has taken, though much work remains to be done,”
Trump said. “The sanctions will stay in place until
denuclearization occurs.”

Trump’s remarks on North Korea were dramatically different
from those in his speech last year at the UN assembly, when he
threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea and mocked the North
Korean leader as “Rocket Man” on a “suicide mission.”

Trump held an unprecedented summit with Kim in Singapore in
June which yielded a broad pledge by Kim to “work towards”
denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

However, Kim’s commitments and actions so far have fallen
far short of Washington’s demands for a complete inventory of
North Korea’s weapons programs and irreversible steps to give up
a nuclear arsenal that threatens the United States.

Trump has nevertheless heaped personal praise on Kim and
expressed enthusiasm for a second summit.

On Monday, he said he expected this to be announced “pretty
soon” but that the location had yet to be determined.

During a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at
the United Nations on Monday, Trump said Kim has been “really
very open and terrific, frankly.”

“I think he wants to see something happen.”

Trump singled out Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe, Moon
and Chinese President Xi Jinping for their support over North
Korea, in spite of some questions about the commitment of the
latter two leaders to maintaining tough sanctions on Pyongyang.

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At a meeting last week with Moon, Kim promised to dismantle
a missile site and also a nuclear complex if the United States
took “corresponding action.”

Moon told an event in New York on the sidelines of the UN
meeting that declaring a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War
would encourage North Korea to move further with
denuclearisation.

Moon said Kim had told him the “corresponding measures” he
was seeking were security guarantees Trump pledged in Singapore
and moves toward normalization of relations with Washington.

“I believe that setting a timetable for all these measures
is a task for the second US-North Korea summit,” Moon said.

Fox News said Moon told the network in an interview to be
broadcast on Tuesday evening that Trump could meet Kim before
the end of the year. Moon has said his administration aims to
declare an end to the Korean War this year.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday he hoped
to travel to North Korea again before the end of the year to
make final preparations for a second Trump-Kim summit.

Pompeo has proposed a meeting with North Foreign Minister Ri
Yong Ho at the General Assembly this week.

US ambassador to
the United Nations Nikki Haley said last week the two had agreed
to meet but that the meeting could take place later.

Ri, who responded to Trump’s UN remarks last year by
calling them “the sound of a dog barking” and warning that North
Korea could detonate a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific, arrived
back in New York on Tuesday afternoon.

He did not reply when asked on arrival at his hotel close to
the United Nations when he would meet Pompeo.

Moon and Abe met on the sidelines of the UN assembly and
the South Korean leader highlighted the importance of improved
relations between Tokyo and Pyongyang to accelerate North Korean
denuclearisation, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported.

“I believe the normalization of North Korea-Japan relations
is required in the process of establishing peace on the Korean
Peninsula, and I will actively support and cooperate so a North
Korea-Japan summit will be held,” Yonhap quoted Moon as telling
Abe.

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Public officers above 58 years and with pre-existing conditions told to work from home: The Standard

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Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua. [File, Standard]
In a document from Head of Public Service, Joseph Kinyua new measure have been outlined to curb the bulging spread of covid-19. Public officers with underlying health conditions and those who are over 58 years -a group that experts have classified as most vulnerable to the virus will be required to execute their duties from home.

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However, the new rule excluded personnel in the security sector and other critical and essential services.
“All State and public officers with pre-existing medical conditions and/or aged 58 years and above serving in CSG5 (job group ‘S’) and below or their equivalents should forthwith work from home,” read the document,” read the document.
To ensure that those working from home deliver, the Public Service directs that there be clear assignments and targets tasked for the period designated and a clear reporting line to monitor and review work done.
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Others measures outlined in the document include the provision of personal protective equipment to staff, provision of sanitizers and access to washing facilities fitted with soap and water, temperature checks for all staff and clients entering public offices regular fumigation of office premises and vehicles and minimizing of visitors except by prior appointments.
Officers who contract the virus and come back to work after quarantine or isolation period will be required to follow specific directives such as obtaining clearance from the isolation facility certified by the designated persons indicating that the public officer is free and safe from Covid-19. The officer will also be required to stay away from duty station for a period of seven days after the date of medical certification.
“The period a public officer spends in quarantine or isolation due to Covid-19, shall be treated as sick leave and shall be subject to the Provisions of the Human Resource Policy and procedures Manual for the Public Service(May,2016),” read the document.
The service has also made discrimination and stigmatization an offence and has guaranteed those affected with the virus to receive adequate access to mental health and psychosocial supported offered by the government.
The new directives targeting the Public Services come at a time when Kenyans have increasingly shown lack of strict observance of the issued guidelines even as the number of positive Covid-19 cases skyrocket to 13,771 and leaving 238 dead as of today.
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Principal Secretaries/ Accounting Officers will be personally responsible for effective enforcement and compliance of the current guidelines and any future directives issued to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.

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Uhuru convenes summit to review rising Covid-19 cases: The Standard

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President Uhuru Kenyatta (pictured) will on Friday, July 24, meet governors following the ballooning Covid-19 infections in recent days.
The session will among other things review the efficacy of the containment measures in place and review the impact of the phased easing of the restrictions, State House said in a statement.
This story is being updated.
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Kenya has been ranked 6th among African countries with the highest cases of depression, this has triggered anxiety by the World Health Organization (WHO), with 1.9 million people suffering from a form of mental conditions such as depression, substance abuse.

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Globally, one in four people is affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives, this is according to the WHO.

Currently, around 450 million people suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.

The pandemic has also been known to cause significant distress, mostly affecting the state of one’s mental well-being.

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With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic attributed to the novel Coronavirus disease, millions have been affected globally with over 14 million infections and half a million deaths as to date. This has brought about uncertainty coupled with difficult situations, including job loss and the risk of contracting the deadly virus.

In Kenya the first Coronavirus case was reported in Nairobi by the Ministry of Health on the 12th March 2020.  It was not until the government put in place precautionary measures including a curfew and lockdown (the latter having being lifted) due to an increase in the number of infections that people began feeling its effect both economically and socially.

A study by Dr. Habil Otanga,  a Lecturer at the University of Nairobi, Department of Psychology says  that such measures can in turn lead to surge in mental related illnesses including depression, feelings of confusion, anger and fear, and even substance abuse. It also brings with it a sense of boredom, loneliness, anger, isolation and frustration. In the post-quarantine/isolation period, loss of employment due to the depressed economy and the stigma around the disease are also likely to lead to mental health problems.

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) states that at least 300,000 Kenyans have lost their jobs due to the Coronavirus pandemic between the period of January and March this year.

KNBC noted that the number of employed Kenyans plunged to 17.8 million as of March from 18.1 million people as compared to last year in December. The Report states that the unemployment rate in Kenya stands at 13.7 per cent as of March this year while it stood 12.4 per cent in December 2019.

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Mama T (not her real name) is among millions of Kenyans who have been affected by containment measures put in place to curb the spread of the virus, either by losing their source of income or having to work under tough guidelines put in place by the MOH.

As young mother and an event organizer, she has found it hard to explain to her children why they cannot go to school or socialize freely with their peers as before.

“Sometimes it gets difficult as they do not understand what is happening due to their age, this at times becomes hard on me as they often think I am punishing them,”

Her contract was put on hold as no event or public gatherings can take place due to the pandemic. This has brought other challenges along with it, as she has to find means of fending for her family expenditures that including rent and food.

“I often wake up in the middle of the night with worries about my next move as the pandemic does not exhibit any signs of easing up,” she says. She adds that she has been forced to sort for manual jobs to keep her family afloat.

Ms. Mary Wahome, a Counseling Psychologist and Programs Director at ‘The Reason to Hope,’ in Karen, Nairobi says that such kind of drastic life changes have an adverse effect on one’s mental status including their family members and if not addressed early can lead to depression among other issues.

“We have had cases of people indulging in substance abuse to deal with the uncertainty and stress brought about by the pandemic, this in turn leads to dependence and also domestic abuse,”

Sam Njoroge , a waiter at a local hotel in Kiambu, has found himself indulging in substance abuse due to challenges he is facing after the hotel he was working in was closed down as it has not yet met the standards required by the MOH to open.

“My day starts at 6am where I go to a local pub, here I can get a drink for as little as Sh30, It makes me suppress the frustration I feel.” he says.

Sam is among the many who have found themselves in the same predicament and resulted to substance abuse finding ways to beat strict measures put in place by the government on the sale of alcohol so as to cope.

Mary says, situations like Sam’s are dangerous and if not addressed early can lead to serious complications, including addiction and dependency, violent behavior and also early death due to health complications.

She has, however, lauded the government for encouraging mental wellness and also launching the Psychological First Aid (PFA) guide in the wake of the virus putting emphasis on the three action principal of look, listen and link. “When we follow this it will be easy to identify an individual in distress and also offer assistance”.

Mary has urged anyone feeling the weight of the virus taking a toll on them not to hesitate but look for someone to talk to.

“You should not only seek help from a specialist but also talk to a friend, let them know what you are undergoing and how you feel, this will help ease their emotional stress and also find ways of dealing with the situation they are facing,” She added

Mary continued to stress on the need to perform frequent body exercises as a form of stress relief, reading and also taking advantage of this unfortunate COVID-19 period to engage in hobbies and talent development.

“Let people take this as an opportunity to kip fit, get in touch with one’s inner self and  also engage in   reading that would  help expand their knowledge.

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