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…

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…

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…

Dandora kids make history as the first Kenyan talents to feature in a Cartoon Network show

Some 9 school-going children aged between 7-14 yrs, from Dandora slums, will be the first Kenyan talents to feature in a Cartoon Network (CN) show. The Cartoon Network Pop Up Party Show will be beamed to a global audience from 29th Feb. It is also the first show for the network to be shot in Kenya. The 9 dynamic talents will be performing today’s trendiest dance moves including Bazokizo, Shaku Shaku, Vimbada, Gwara Gwara among others. The talents will produce 8 brand new stylish videos highlighting one dance style performed…

Nairobi Women’s Hospital responds to claims of extorting patients

The Nairobi Women’s Hospital (NWH) board has denied allegations that the hospital was admitting patients and holding them at the hospital. In a statement issued on January 3rd, 2020, the hospital’s Board of Directors said they’d noted with a lot of concern reports appearing in media suggesting that there is some “systematic approach by the hospital to unfairly generate revenue from patients.” “Although we don’t believe this is the case, and in fact, it is antithetical to our foundational principles, we take these allegations very seriously and are conducting an…

Irene Koki Mutungi: The First female African Dreamliner captain in the world

Captain Koki’s pioneering journey to the top of aviation began at a young age. Her father was a pilot and Mutungi dreamed of following in his footsteps, “I was flying with my dad probably from about two-years-old and by the time I was five or six I would talk about ‘I want to be a pilot’, but nobody took me seriously.” This passion stayed with her throughout her childhood and when it came to choosing a career, Mutungi still wanted to fly. However, her dad was not always convinced it…

Pest free campaign Launched in Makueni to boast Mango production

(L-R)Harrigan Mukhongo Deputy Feed the Future Coordinator USAID Kenya, Esther Kimani, MD ,KEPHIS, Betty Kibaara from Rockefeller Foundation, Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana and Dr Oscar Magenya, Director Research & Innovation, Ministry of Agriculture during the media launch of the  ‘Komesha Fruit Fly Campaign’ at the Radisson Blu hotel. PHOTO:COURTESY. By Dennis Muritu A campaign to create a Pest Free Area will be launched in Makueni to improve production and quality of mangoes to stimulate export and increase incomes for farmers. The campaign dubbed Komesha: Zuia Fruit Fly Ufaidike will sensitize and create awareness on economic…

Changes taking place within Kenya’s haulage industry

Trucks lose sometimes up to 40% of their time waiting for cargo. Without efficient and effective transport, economies stagnate CNN Eleni Giokos explores the changes taking place within Kenya’s haulage industry to streamline the process of transporting goods across the continent. Infrastructure challenges can often lead to long delays at the Port of Mombasa. Marketplace Africa writer meets truck driver Andrew Kiingi who frequently waits two days at the port for his cargo to be released. He speaks about the process,  “You have to do that waiting. It’s part of…

CHRIS MARTIN CONCERT MOVED TO IMPALA GROUND

  The much-anticipated Big Deal Concert that will be headlined by top reggae and dancehall artiste Chris Martin who jetted into the country yesterday accompanied by top dancehall artistes; D Major and Future Fambo have been moved to the Impala Grounds, Ngong Road. Due to the overwhelming response and the weather the much-hyped event has been moved to the new venue due to the overwhelming response it has gotten in terms of attendance that raises a security concern, as several heads of states will be in attendance. Speaking on the…

Little Boda grows footprint to Nakuru

Ride-hailing company Little Cab, has launched its Boda Boda and Car products in Nakuru. Little’s clients can now enjoy a safe, convenient and affordable way of moving in and around Nakuru with minimal hassle and at affordable rates. The launch of Nakuru operations by Little comes only three weeks after a successful launch of LittleBODA product in Mombasa. The launch of Nakuru operations are in line with Little’s bigger plans of expanding its operations across the country in the short term and across the continent in the long term, thereby…