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Uhuru’s Easter message of hope to Kenyans – Nairobi News

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged Kenyans to take the opportunity the Easter season presents to reflect on the suffering and victorious resurrection of Jesus Christ that signifies that even suffering has to come to an end.

The President said that as the country goes through difficulty brought by the Covid-19 pandemic it should not blind Kenyans from the spirit and intention of Easter.

The Head of State said that it is important to observe preventive measures and that is why this Easter period must be celebrated differently.

“The circumstances under which we find ourselves during this year’s Easter holiday are unusual. Our world is going through a period of intense trial brought about by the Covid-19 crisis. We have had to adopt unique measures which we hope will bring an end to the suffering caused by this global pandemic,” said President Kenyatta.

He added: “While the Easter period is often celebrated with close friends and family we are finding that this year it must be different due to the preventative measures we have put in place for our own safety and for the safety of our loved ones. The circumstance of the present however, should not blind us to the spirit and intention of Easter and the message inherent in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

Kenyans, he said, have been tested many times before and have always done what is necessary to pull through and find inspiration in each other to find the sunshine after the storm.

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President Kenyatta also warned of difficult times ahead, however, we will be able to overcome this disease if we all come together and do our part.

“I urge all Kenyans, both at home and abroad to reflect on the resurrection story and remember that all things, even suffering, come to an end through unity and faith. Kenya and Kenyans have been tested many times before and we have always done what is necessary to pull through all difficulty and adversity. We have always found inspiration in ourselves and each other to find the sunshine after the storm,” stated President Kenyatta.

He added: “Today we are in a storm. We have refused to give up and we will see the end of the Covid-19 pandemic in Kenya. We must come together by staying apart and breaking the chain of infection.

There may be difficult days ahead but let us remember that suffering is temporary but triumph is eternal. We will be triumphant if we all do our part. I wish you all a blessed Easter.”

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Lang’ata Hospital bosses charged with using expired lab chemicals – Nairobi News

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Director of Lang’ata Hospital Dr Ashoke Singh Matharu and his three employees were charged with stocking expired laboratory chemical substances.

Dr Matharu was arraigned in court alongside the hospital’s operations manager Mufaddal Ammar and lab technicians Herbert Cheruiyot and Beatrice Awino.

They were accused of stocking and using expired medical laboratory reagents at the hospital located along Lang’ata Road in contravention of the Medical Laboratory Technicians and Technologists Act on July 8.

The chemicals allegedly found in the laboratory reagent bilirubin(T), combi 35, Ast Got, Acetone, Area Bun/UV, Magnesium, Trigs, Excel, Labsystems and Bsa Accucare.

The four also face charges of using the expired laboratory chemicals contrary to regulations provided for by the law, on the same day.

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They all denied the charges before senior resident magistrate Sinkiyian Tobiko of Milimani law courts.

Dr Matharu and Ammar were released on a cash bail of Sh100,000. The rest were freed on Sh50,000 cash bail.

The case will be mentioned on August 5 for further directions including fixing of hearing dates.

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80 people quarantined after driver tests positive for Covid-19 in Bomet: The Standard

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At least 80 people suspected to have come in contact with a driver who tested positive for Covid-19 have been quarantined in Bomet County.

Among those who have been quarantined at Kaptien Village in Konoin are extended family members and neighbours of the 40-year-old driver.
Bomet Medical Services and Public Health CEC Dr Joseph Sitonik said the group was rounded up and asked to stay indoor after the driver returned positive results for Covid.
He said a team of public health and security personnel have been deployed to the village to ensure the contacts observe self-quarantine.
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Sitonik said the driver who doubles up as a messenger in one of the tea estates in Kericho County fell sick and came home before being referred to hospital by relatives.
Sitonik said it is at Central Hospital where health personal found him to exhibit coronairus symptoms where they took his samples for test.
“After being admitted, doctors opted to test him for Covid and he returned positive results and we are now out to search for all his contacts,” he said
“At the moment we have put 80 people into quarantine and numbers are going to rise since the driver interacted with many people both at his work place and home,” he said.
Sitonik said samples will be taken from all the contacts currently in quarantine.
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“At the moment all the contacts we have identified are under self-quarantine and if they are going to ignore the directives we are going to force them into supervised quarantine at their cost,” said Sitonik.
Sitonik said health officials in Kericho County have mounted a man hunt for staff of the tea estates where the driver works.
“Since the driver moves around distributing letters within the estate a number of his colleagues who came in contact with him will be taken in for quarantine and tested,” he added.
Sitonik at the same time said the county was ready for any outcome from the incident saying the county has put in place all the required measures to tackle Covid
He said at the moment the county has 95 isolation beds distributed across the county with another 224 beds being prepared at Koiwa Health Centre to deal with Covid cases in case of a surge.
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Sitonik also revealed that the county has 15 ICU beds and two mobile ventilators which will come in handy to tackle the virus.
So far, Bomet had earlier recorded one positive case of the virus.

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Gikuyu Supreme Council of Elders say no to abortion bill: The Standard

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Gikuyu Elders from Kimani Wa Kabui (left), Boro wa Ngera, Warorua wa Kimani and Njathi wa Mbatia say a traditional prayer before they addressed the media to affirm their unwavering support for President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposed the family abortion bill before Senate at the Bowling Green. [ Jenipher Wachie, Standard]

The Gikuyu Council of Elders has opposed a bill that seeks to ease access to abortion, urging the legislators from the community and others of goodwill to champion the shooting down of the proposed law currently before the Senate.

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The Supreme Council of the Gikuyu Cultural Association, referred as Athamaki said the Bill was not only against the religious teachings but was also in contravention of the cultural teachings that rebuke abortion.
The elders said Kenya’s legislators must guard the society against introduction of alien practices, especially those that go against both the religious and cultural beliefs, as they said was the case with the Reproductive Healthcare Bill, sponsored by nominated Senator Agnes Zani.
“The Gikuyu traditions never allowed such practices like abortion, never. This to the Gikuyu community is an outcast as it is killing, and we do not advocate for killing. Religious teachings across the board also are against this, so we are asking, especially legislators from our community, and those supporting our position, to reject this Bill and ensure it does not pass,” said elder Waruru wa Kimani.
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The Athamaki said allowing the Bill to pass will facilitate easy access to abortion, which has remained a contentious issue, and which was also rejected through the enacting of Constitution 2010.
“We do not want to have a society where we allow immoral practices to thrive, just because it would be easy to procure an abortion in the event of an unwanted pregnancy. The Gikuyu customs have never allowed this, we will not allow it now.”
The Bill has come under heavy criticism, especially part five of the proposed law entitled Termination of Pregnancy, which states “A pregnancy may be terminated by a trained health professional wherein the person’s opinion there is need for emergency treatment, the pregnancy would endanger the life or health of the mother or there is a substantial risk that the foetus would suffer from a severe physical or mental abnormality that is incompatible with the life outside the womb”.
Religious organisations have also voiced their opposition to the proposed law, led by Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) and the Supreme Council of Muslims leaders (Supkem). 
Catholic bishops have equally rallied their MPs to reject the Bill saying it goes against the doctrines of the church The Chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops, Philip Anyolo, has written to all Catholic MPs urging them to shoot down the proposed law.
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The Gikuyu elders also said they would be meeting with the Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe to be furnished with regulations that they would require to undertake while taking young boys through circumcision during the current Corona pandemic.
“Normally, whenever we have a pandemic in the country we have always discouraged offering the rites of passage, but on consultations we have agreed that we be granted regulations that we may require to have the circumcision for our boys. We have secured an appointment with Kagwe and we hope we will be given the right regulations for this important cultural exercise,” said Muthamaki Kariuki wa Kabui.

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