Early identification of prehypertension as a preventive measure can avert associated morbidity and death

Deaths due to Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) are projected to rise to 55 percent by the year 2030 On this World Hypertension Day, Kenya’s largest hypertension screening programme, AstraZeneca’s Healthy Heart Africa (HHA), has marked a six-year milestone of action against hypertension, in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and implementing partners the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) and the Academic Model Providing Access to Health Care (AMPATH). This comes as a new study reveals an overall burden of 54.5% and 20.8% for prehypertension and hypertension respectively, out of a…

IREN hosts virtual festival to promote international food tourism

The just-concluded IREN Growth pad Virtual Food Festival saw various tourism, food sectors, hospitality and industry players take part. The two- day digital food festival took place on the 24 th and 25th of September; under the theme; Re-Imagine, Connect, Build Food Tourism in Kenya as part of the organization’s initiative toreactivate economies through food networks. The event aimed at connecting rural-urban economies through promotion of Kenyan Indigenous cuisines, promoting both domestic and international food tourism experience in Kenya and providing a consolidated platform that showcases use of virtual reality…

World Mental Health Day: an opportunity to kick-start a massive scale-up in investment

Mental health is one of the most neglected areas of public health. Close to 1 billion people are living with a mental disorder, 3 million people die every year from the harmful use of alcohol and one person dies every 40 seconds by suicide. And now, billions of people around the world have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, which is having a further impact on people’s mental health. Yet, relatively few people around the world have access to quality mental health services. In low- and middle-income countries, more than 75%…

Health Experts Approves Reusable products

Over 100 health experts from eighteen countries, several of them from Africa signed onto a assuring retailers and consumers that reusables are safe during COVID-19, pushing back on claims by the plastic industry. The health experts  joined by Greenpeace USA and UPSTREAM, both members of the Break Free From Plastic movement emphasize that disposable products are not inherently safer than reusable and that reusable systems can be utilised safely during the pandemic by employing basic hygiene. “Single-use plastic is not inherently safer than reusables and causes additional public health concerns…

Penda Health Launches Home Delivery Solutions and Free Virtual Consultation

Penda Health has introduced a home drug delivery solution and free virtual consultations for patients in a bid to bolster health outcomes to Kenyans during the COVID-19 pandemic. The service, dubbed “Pigia Penda,” allows patients to receive a free consultation and an over the phone prescription if needed. Any prescribed medicines are then delivered at a cost. Speaking while marking the end of a one-month pilot phase, Penda Health’s General Manager for Medical Centres, Marion Kago, said that Penda Health is exploring new avenues of healthcare delivery during this exceptional…

How well prepared are we on the current trends in sexual reproductive health amid COVID- 19 pandemic?

Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) in the African Region has declined from an estimated 857 maternal deaths per 1000 live births in the year 2000 to 525 deaths per 1000 live births in 2017, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Despite this progress, countries have united behind a new target to accelerate the decline of maternal mortality by 2030. Through Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 3, the ambitious target is “reducing the global MMR to less than 70 per 100 000 births, with no country having a maternal mortality rate of…

COVID-19 numbers go up as government intensify testing across the country

Kenya has recorded 127 positive cases of COVID 19, out of 3,831 samples tested in the last 24 hours bringing the total number of positive cases to 1745. These cases are spread in Nairobi (76), Mombasa (19), Busia (16), Uasin Gishu (8), Kiambu (2), Kajiado (5) and Isiolo (1). The announcement was made by the Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS), Health, Dr. Mercy Mwangangi who said the high numbers are as a result of the increase in the sample size and also a show that the virus is firmly in our midst. “This can be stopped…

Over 128,500 confirmed COVID19 cases on the African continent

Over 128,500 confirmed COVID19 cases on the African continent with more than 53,000 recoveries & 3,700 deaths. View country figures & more with the WHO African Region COVID-19 Dashboard:  https://arcg.is/XvuSX Thirty-Two out of 47 counties in the country have so far recorded cases of Coronavirus disease. This number accounts for more than 60% of the counties affected. Kiambu County has recorded 39 cases, placing it at number 4 behind Nairobi (835), Mombasa (490) and Kajiado (65). This is a worrying trend, and we must collectively stop it by observing and…

MacCoffee appreciates front line health workers at MP Shah Hospital

The health workers were gifted with various MacCoffee products and a bouquet of flowers to appreciate the role played by health workers and other caregivers in the management of the pandemic.   By Dennis Muritu MacCoffee in partnership with Hindu Council of Kenya led their teams in appreciating the medical workers at the MP SHAH Hospital. The health workers were gifted with various MacCoffee products and a bouquet of flowers to appreciate the role played by health workers and other caregivers in the management of the pandemic. Speaking at the…

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…