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…

Nairobi Water seeks Raila’s help for water infrastructure funding

The Directors of the Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company on Thursday held a special meeting with AU’ special envoy for infrastructure  Raila Odinga to deliberate on possible ways of improving Water infrastructure in Nairobi. The meeting that was held at Odinga’s pro Upperhill office focused on increasing water connectivity, getting more funds for sanitation activities. According to Karen Nyamu who is one of the Directors , Odinga promised to help source more funds that will help meet the water deficit in Nairobi. This will involve getting more funds for sinking…

Octagon ink deal with Alexander Forbes to serve global clients

Octagon Africa will serve Alexander Forbes multinational clients with a presence in Kenya following a new partnership. This strategic partnership comes after Alexander Forbes review of its strategic business and operating model in March 2019, and to exit emerging markets and strategically reposition with credible partners to deliver and support their clients operating in the specific country. “Through this strategy we have a platform to work with a network of partners while maintaining the ability to deliver excellent service and solutions to our clients throughout the continent, ” said Craig…

GAUGING THE ECONOMIC WAVES OF CORONAVIRUS ON KENYA

The Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), the apex body of the private sector in Kenya, this morning resolved to engage all its members to begin to calculate the projected economic impact of Coronavirus in each sector. The collated input will inform the development of a rapid response mitigation plan to minimize the impact of the outbreak on the Kenyan market. It will also allow the private sector to measure the impact of the expected global slowdown of trade on Kenya. KEPSA is encouraged by Executive Order No 2 ofhttps://www.expresstoday.co.ke/?p=2932&preview=true 2020…

Students across the World to join hands in the fight against modern-day slavery

This year’s #MyFreedomDay will be held on Wednesday, March 11 with schools and communities around the world coming together to raise awareness of human trafficking. Now in its fourth year, thousands of students in more than 100 countries across six continents have pledged to take part in the day of action to shine a light on the 40-million people currently trapped in slavery. CNN is asking the question ‘What does freedom mean to you?’ and encouraging students to share their responses on social media using the #MyFreedomDay hashtag. On March 11, that…

The Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) approves the use of Paliperidone Palmitate

Janssen receives approval from the Pharmacy and Poisons Board for Paliperidone Palmitate once monthly long-acting injectable for the treatment of schizophrenia. The Paliperidone Palmitate manufactured by Janssen pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson, will be used for the maintenance treatment of schizophrenia in adults whose disease has already been stabilized on treatment with paliperidone or risperidone.1 Paliperidone Palmitate is a second generation long acting injectable antipsychotic which will be administered monthly as a maintenance treatment of patients with schizophrenia. The new drug works as a receptor antagonist of dopamine and serotonin,…

CNN’s African Voices Changemakers explores lion conservation in Kenya

On this week’s African Voices Changemakers, CNN International’s Arit Okpo meets Jeneria Lekilelei who works to protect lions in Samburu, Kenya. Lekilelei is a conservationist whose job is to create a co-existence between people and lions. He speaks about his role in changing perceptions about the animals, “Unfortunately all people fear lions. But lions are not dangerous animals, they are very social cats. But its just the fear and once we remove the fear of lions, then you’ll see lions are very friendly.” However, Lekilelei was not always such a…

EXCLUSIVE: How sickness turned into Passion to support people with bleeding disorder

By Lynda Kiyeng 1) Tell us a little about you?  I was born here in Nairobi in February 17 1993, at Nairobi hospital. I went to primary school at st Georges school and later st Nicholas school there after transitioned to high school in Kitusuru boys in form one later transferred to Pumwani boys then finished at Nairobi Pentecostal church senior school, after which I passed and joined university of Nairobi law school. I graduated with honors in 2016 and later did my post graduate diploma at the Kenya school…

What is Coronavirus

The name for this kind of virus comes from the crownlike spikes it has on its surface — “corona” is Latin for “crown.” Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that infect mostly bats, pigs and small mammals. In rare cases, they are what scientists call zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted from animals to humans, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.   How does it spread Like other coronaviruses – such as the common cold – the virus is spread via droplets when a person coughs or sneezes. It can also…

Professional bodies to be reviewed in bid to weed out quacks

The Association of Professional Societies in East Africa (APSEA) has began reviewing the codes of conduct of member associations in a bid to harmonise the local standards with international levels. In the new move the umbrella body that brings together professional societies of diverse disciplines, will evaluate the code of conduct, membership for the various professional bodies, licencing and the education levels that should be met before one becomes a member of a professional body. After which members will have to undergo annual Continuous Professional Development (CPD) courses in their…