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“A recent report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) made very disturbing revelations. That an estimated 35 million children globally could die between 2015 and 2028 if no decisive action is taken to implement a promise made by the global community to reduce the under-five mortality rate by two thirds between 1990 and 2015.
In Machakos County there are many children called Nzia, meaning road, because they were born by the side of a road. Others are called Nzyoka, which means "He has returned" because they were born after the death of the one they followed. Giving birth in Kenya and continent, Africa, is a precarious affair. Many children are born at home, on the road or in bushes. Mortality rates are high because mothers are not able to get to a health center on time and especially if an operation is required....
Healthcare workers went on strike a week ago to protest the transfer of health services to the counties and subsequent payment of their salaries by the county governments starting January 2014. They faulted the immediate decentralisation of health functions, saying it was done in a haphazard and reckless manner, as most counties are yet to develop full capacity to run the health facilities. The medical practitioners have been opposing the move to devolve health services, arguing that although this is a constitutional requirement, the process should be implemented in phases...
The Kenya healthcare system is currently giving the National and County Governments created a headache. Whereas healthcare has many components and the single most important one in the hospital services, the constitution got it right in some way when it set the new healthcare system to function under County Government levels. “The problem is not the Kenya Constitution but the lack of understanding of how to create policy,” say Kenyans in Diaspora following the debate who understand the impact this has to their income for a majority of remittances go to medical bills. Many Kenyans abraod think the Senate should accept the first medical services bill and debate it for legilsation. The bill should define the funding of healthcare, healthcare facilty operation and management system, oversight system and the integration of medical services care. ...
“Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama and all his political appointees have taken a 10% cent salary cut in order to boost a special fund for the construction of Community Health Planning Service (CHPS) compounds,” reads a story that reports this initiative. The story further reads, “According to Fnance minister Seth Tekper, the CPHS compounds are district-based one-stop health facilities for pre-maternal and post-maternal care in the country.” When one reads this story and compares this with the Kenya story of Kshs 19.1 billion allocated to 416 members of Parliament and the parliamentarians are asking for another Kshs 8.3 billion one can see a wise leader in Ghana....
Following the death of their 15-year-old son in 2007, Thelma and Sheldon Johnson sued Dr. Price Paul Omondi, an emergency room physician in Georgia State. The Court of Appeals would ruled in favor of the Doctor and Hospital that the case did not meet the standard to go to trial. The Supreme Court of Georgia through a unanimous decision reversed the Courts of Appeals ruling and ruled in favor of the parents for the case to go on trial to have a jury determine whether Dr. Omondi acted with "gross negligence."...
Having medical services in the Counties will mean faster and better medical care for Kenyans. Having medical services in County will mean a higher pay for doctors. It is a surprise that Doctors and Nurses are fighting to be returned to the Central government or a National Commission. The fact that everyone fears the unknown may certainly be making the health workers afraid. However, the Medical Services when under the County will make the Medical professionals influence the not only hospitals, but also water, housing, food and other things that will be done in the County level. ...
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has appealed for more support to fight HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria in the country. The First Lady regretted that despite the drop of prevalence rate for HIV from 7.2 % to 5.6 %, progress was not as fast as was desirable....
News that Mwanarahab Wamukoya, a 14 year old girl in Bungoma County had safely given birth to triplets left many in shock as to how such a young girl got pregnant in the first place. What was even more shocking was that the father of her children is also a young boy of only 16 years, now also a school dropout just like the underage mother of his three boys....
Rosemary Mwende says that she has been searching for a job for two years in vain. She trained as a Human Resources Manager but cannot get a job. She says, I’m so stressed that I’m worried she may develop hypertension.” Her parents have urged her to go back to school and add onto her education but she is not willing to because she fears she might not get a job despite all the effort. She says that she has lost hope in life and fears that she may have to work as a house help just to earn some money. She says that this is the only way to restore her dignity and eliminate that feeling of helplessness and frustration due to lack of money. She says that many are times when she has almost committed suicide but has chosen to hold onto life....
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