KBL,Kenya Red Cross Society and Amref Health Africa to aid Kenyan communities

Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL) has partnered with Amref Health Africa (Amref) and Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) for emergency distribution of  135,000 litres of packed sanitizers to frontline health workers and those at high risk of contracting COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. The initiative follows the appeal by the Kenyan government for individual well-wishers and corporate organisations to play their part in the fight against the disease. KBL is spending over Kshs 50 million in the programme. KBL engaged certified sanitizer producers to produce 1,000,000 pieces of 100ml sanitisers,…

KCB, Safaricom in KShs30B COVID-19 Response

KCB Bank Kenya & Safaricom Plc. have committed to support customers in financial distress, making available more affordable lending and cutting transaction costs on mobile as part of the measures to assist as the country grapples with the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. The announcement which follows a meeting hosted by President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi on Wednesday, bringing together banking industry players will see KCB Bank set aside KShs. 30 billion in a stimulus fund for onward lending to KCB M-PESA customers during the next 90 days. The fund will allow…

Diageo Pledges Sanitiser for Front Line Health Workers

• World’s largest distiller in unprecedented global response in the UK, Ireland, the USA, Brazil, Kenya and Australia  • Pledge aimed at protecting front-line healthcare workers and overcome shortages  • Donation of alcohol is enough to produce more than five million bottles of hand sanitiser     Diageo, maker of Johnnie Walker & Smirnoff, has today pledged to enable the creation of more than five million bottles of hand sanitiser, by donating over a million litres of alcohol to manufacturing partners, to help protect front-line healthcare workers in the fight against…

Lonyangapuo dimisses viral nude photos

West Pokot Governor John Krop Lonyangapuo is now blaming key politicians from the Rift Valley for allegedly sponsoring photoshopped images of him naked in a hotel. The outspoken governor who is known for his witty and humorous public speeches has dismissed the photos, and further called on the police to investigate the matter. He is has linked a senior politician from the county,an MP from Baringo and junior officers in his governmemt for working behind the scenes to taint his image . The governor told CEO Africa that his position…

Kenya confirms 4 more cases as Kagwe warns against fake news

The number of confirmed Coronavirus cases in Kenya has now hit 42. Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe on Sunday announced four more cases even as the country entered the third day of the dusk to dawn curfew. One of the new cases is a Kenyan and the other three are foreigners from the United States of America, Cameroon and Burkina Faso. The CS revealed that in the last 24 hours, a total of 69 samples from suspected cases of coronavirus have been analyzed in our various laboratories: out of those…

Huawei Supports Kenya to Fight Covid-19

Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe and experts from the Ministry of Health held a video conference call from Afya House with their counterparts in China to learn from their experiences in managing the response to the COVID-19 outbreak.  With videoconference equipment supported by Huawei, this was the first time the Kenyan delegation held a videoconference with the Chinese Ministry of Health and other experts. After the meeting, CS Kagwe said: “Today for the first time, via a video conferencing capacity which we have just installed today, our doctors were able to…

Kenya Rapid Response against the spread of COVID in Africa

The World Health Organization (WHO) has already helped train 1,500 Kenyan health workers in various health facilities to prepare for just this situation. When the Kenyan Government announced the country’s first case of COVID-19, clinician Jackson Njoroge was already hard at work.  He and his colleagues from the Kenyan Ministry of Health’s Rapid Response Team had already drawn up a list of people who might have come into contact with the first patient.  Now they were rushing to find them. His mission was to find another passenger from the flight that…

COVID-19: Last Minute

The Botswana authorities have announced several measures to address the crisis: • Travellers from “high-risk” countries (China, Japan, South Korea, Iran, the United States, the United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and India) are banned from entering Botswana; • Botswana citizens and residents returning from these countries are required to stay in isolation at home for 14 days; • Visas already granted to visitors from these countries are cancelled and the issuance of new visas for nationals of these countries is suspended…

Shock as Migrants returns to Libya from Maltese Waters

IOM reiterates its call to the international community to establish a clear and quick disembarkation mechanism to end the return and detention of vulnerable people in Libya. A wooden boat carrying 49 migrants was returned to Libya after becoming stranded in Maltese waters when its engine stopped working. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is alarmed by this apparent breach of international maritime law and appeals to the European Union and the international community for immediate and urgent action to end the return of vulnerable people to Libya and uphold…

More than 15 countries in Africa report COVID-19 cases

The World Health Organization (WHO) officially designated COVID-19 a pandemic on 11 March 2020. There are now 147 confirmed cases in Africa in 15 countries, and there have been four COVID-19-related deaths. “With COVID-19 officially declared a pandemic, all countries in Africa must act,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, “Every country can still change the course of this pandemic by  scaling up their emergency preparedness or response. Cases may still be low in Africa and we can keep it that way with robust all-of-government actions to fight…