Movement of patients in dire need of emergency health services is set to improve due to newly advanced life support ambulance flagged off by Kisumu Governor Prof. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o.
Speaking at the flagging off ceremony, the Governor pointed that the ambulances will be connected to the County Ambulatory and Emergency Services with an emergency number where residents in urgent need of ambulance services will be able to request and immediately be connected with the nearest ambulance.
In addition to the establishment of ambulatory and emergency services, the Governor added that county is set to establish a fleet management system to support management of trucks, cars and motorbikes to ensure efficiency. The new ambulance will be attached to Gita Sub County hospital in Kisumu East Sub-County.
With that in place, the Governor has also directed the Department of Health to set up proper ambulatory services domiciled at JOOTRH to ensure a seamless coordination of ambulatory services and efficient use of ambulances.
The new ambulance is a major boost to emergency services within the County that will play a critical role in strengthening the referral system, a key aspect in the delivery of Universal Health Coverage. The Governor made a promise to revamp ambulatory services by putting into place proper ambulances.
Other seven ambulances are expected to arrive within the next three weeks and will be stationed at the Sub-County hospitals with one extra one attached at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital (JOOTRH).
The 8 Ambulances procured at a cost of Kshs. 76.8 million will be fully fitted with defibrillators, patient monitor for heart rate, blood pressure and pulse rate, pulse oximeter for oxygen saturation, piped oxygen, patient stretcher, operating table, fixed suction machine and big value mask.
The governor was flanked by the Ag. County Minister for Health Nerry Achar and other County health officers led by the Chief Officer Dr. Sewe.
The County directorate of gender and youth in partnership with Plan International and Kisumu Medical Education Trust (KMET) Kenya held a 2-day workshop towards sensitization of the Sub- County administrators, ward administrators and the location administrative chiefs on the Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) that was conducted on 25th and 26th of June, 2019 at Royal City hotel.
In the recent past sexual gender violence has been on the rise within Kisumu County, with Nyando sub-county being on the top list with most cases. It is with that background that the county gender technical committee organized a sensitization workshop targeting administrators who frequently interact with the public and receives the SGBV cases.
The workshop was officially opened by County Minister for Education Dr. John Obiero Ogone. In his remarks, Dr. Ogone acknowledged the support from the development partners and the state agencies in ensuring the success of the workshop. The minister noted that the workshop was timely and necessary in managing Gender based violence cases that are on the rise in the county and that meetings such as this was important in raising awareness against SGBV.
Speaking during the workshop Mr. Joel Okumu, the County gender officer stressed on the need to execute a survivor cantered approach in handling SGBV cases in order to take care of the survivors of the violation.
The objective of the workshop was to sensitize the county administrators to understand SGBV situational cases in Kisumu on collaborative approaches to prevention of SGBV, the budgetary costs of SGBV, strengthening referral pathways supporting survivors of SGBV, legal support to SGBV survivors and the supporting policy framework for SGBV.
The speakers unanimously agreed that the fight against SGBV can only be achieved through the multiagency approach, arguing that collaboration and integrative efforts approach is important in addressing the menace.
The workshop was spearheaded by was the County Directors, Gender and youth affairs Adah Omedi, Communication Atieno Otieno and officials from FIDA, NGEC, KMET, Plan International, State officers and JOOTRH
Kisumu county is set for a major boost in the health sector through the 4th neuroscience medical camp scheduled to run from 17th – 27th June at the Jaramogi Oginga odinga Teaching & Referral hospital (JOOTRH).
The Kisumu neuroscience initiative founded by Governor Nyong’o and Dr. Victor Awuondo, a neurosurgeon based in central Ohio and who is also of local descent is aimed at making JOOTRH a centre of Medical excellence.
The Kisumu neuroscience medical camp will cost over 15 Million Kenya shillings with the County government of Kisumu having channelled over 5 Million shillings in pharmaceuticals and non-pharmaceuticals towards the project.
According to the hospital management statistics, 33% of the total surgeries done at the facility are neurosurgical in nature with 402 cases done in 2019.
Speaking during the opening of the ten-day medical camp, the hospital CEO Dr. Peter Okoth said that the camp was focused on neurosurgery, training, research and human resources development, adding that the exercise is intended to benefit over 85 patients drawn across the region with some coming from as far as Eritrea.
Dr. Okoth also acknowledged Governor Nyong’o led administration for giving health a priority and for mobilizing local and international partners who give services towards the course.
In their remarks, the medical specialists through their representatives Dr. Victor Awuor, A Columbus based Neurosurgeon and Dr.Robert M Galler appreciated the opportunity to work with the County government of Kisumu and were looking forward to working around the clock to improve the conditions of the patients and hinted on plans to educate and start a Neurosurgery training programme in Kisumu.
The medical camp hosts a 20-member team of medical experts including Surgeons, Surgery assistants and students from USA.
On the other hand, patients hoping to be beneficiaries of the exercise were grateful to the County government, the hospital management and the medical experts for giving them a chance to undergo the process and said that they were looking forward to improved health as the procedure is costly cost. However, the patients are covered under NHIF and Universal Health Coverage (UHC) thus a reduced cost of treatment to the beneficiaries.
By Jack Rachuonyo
Edited by Matilda Atieno
Kisumu County Delegation to the 20th Session of the Executive Committee of the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLGA) in Cairo
Governor Nyongó leading a delegation to the 20th Session
of the Executive Committee of UCLGA.
Kisumu Governor, Prof. P. Anyang’ Nyong’o and Speaker of the County Assembly, Hon. Onyango Oloo attending the 20th Session of the Executive Committee of the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLGA) in Cairo, Egypt. The County delegation, together with the Cabinet Secretary for Devolution Hon. Eugene Wamalwa, will make presentation to the UCLGA executive committee on Kenya’s preparedness to host Africities Summit 2021.
The Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) formerly known as the ERC (Energy Regulatory Commission) held a stake holder’s workshop at the Acacia Premier Hotel, Kisumu.
The workshop brought together stakeholders from the western region sugar industries with the aim of deliberating on electricity co-generation of sugar industries in the country.
Speaking during the event, the Director General of EPRA, Mr. Pavel Omieke stated that Kenya has been ranked 7th globally in geothermal consumption, adding that Kenya approximately has 13 sugar manufacturing companies and that there is need embrace embracing innovative ideas in the sector.
The workshop gave some of the challenges faced in sugar industry and co-generation which include; reduction in sugar cane growing due to delays in farmer payment, shut down of some sugar industries and their co-generation and mismanagement.”One major challenge is the issue of raw material supply.” Said Mr. Solomon Odera, the Sugar Directorate of Agriculture and Food Authority.
An overview of the big four agenda was emphasized citing manufacturing as one of the four key pillars of the development agenda. The EPRA deputy director of energy research and policy analysis Dr. John Mutua pointed out the 2019/2020 budget which allocates 700 million shillings allocated for farmers adding that sugar industry holds the key to transforming manufacturing industry.
According to Dr. John Mutua, the co-generation potential in Kenya was estimated to be about 300MW most of which will be generated in the sugar belt areas in Western Kenya. This was aimed to increase the diversification of investment plus in job creation and economic growth.
The workshop also challenged county government’s role in supporting sugar cane farmers by linking them to the milling industries.
Expectations from the workshop was that there would be linkages between EPRA and the sugar industries in the region and a new website, erc.go.ke formed to link everyone including the millers.
By Beatrice Akinyi, Wendy Noel and Lurie Zweri
It is a dream come true for Kisumu All Stars having secured their elevation to the Kenya’s Sportpesa Premier League come next season following a victorious defeat over Thika United on Sunday the 9th of June at Thika Stadium, Kiambu County.
The Blue Eagles led by Coach Frank Oduor finished second with 80 points in the National Super League table, just one point behind the leading team Wazito FC after thrashing the relegated Thika United 7: 1.
The team came close to scoring in the second minute by Erick Otieno, and Ian Motanda netting hat rick together with Moses Odhiambo and Alvin Ochieng also scoring.
The promotion represents the bigger prize, as well a worthy reward for the Blue Eagles and Kisumu County as a whole for having another second home team after the 2010 relegated original Kisumu all stars participating in the high and competitive Premier League alongside their counterparts Western Stima.
All Stars will be participants of the Sportpesa league with the likes of the top league Champions Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards, Kariobangi Sharks, setting another record by putting Kisumu County in the football limelight.
Following their (Blue Eagles) glory to the top league football, County government which offers financial support to the team, and their sponsors (Royal Dental Clinic) will now focus to build up a more promising Allstars club that they believe will dominate the premier league.
By Vello Wendo
KISUMU SET TO HOST IDADA CELEBRATIONS.
Kisumu embarks on a journey to fight addiction and drug abuse in the county as it welcomes the celebration of the International Day Against Drug Abuse(IDADA) on its own grounds.
All roads will be leading to Kisumu as the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and coordination of National Government Dr. Fred Matiangi is expected to preside over the celebration on June 26th 2019 at the Jomo Kenyatta Sports Grounds.
The National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse(NACADA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government and the County Government of Kisumu will conduct the first ever Anti-alcohol and Drug Abuse(Anti-ADA) walk in the county of Kisumu on the 24th of June 2019.
The event is themed ‘walking for a drug-free nation, the Anti-ADA walk will be a prelude to the commemoration of the International Day Against Drug Abuse(IDADA) .
The celebrations set on the 26th June 2019 will include the Anti-alcohol and Drug Abuse walk that will be flagged off by H.E. Prof. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o at the Jomo Kenyatta Sports Grounds in Kisumu County.
The walk shall be enrouted along the town from Prosperity House, Nyalenda Kilo, Western Nyaori, Kachok, Gesoko, Manyatta Kona mbuta, kona mbaya, kasolo, lomigo, car wash, kondele, kamaluowa and finally end at Obunga Blue Cross Youth Centre where a ceremony with the guests will be held from 1-2pm.
Drug abuse has been a menace in Kenya and has claimed the lives of more than 5000 people in the past year alone. This is according to a report by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics. 65% of drug-related deaths have claimed the lives of youths.
It is as a result of this that the National Government launched the war on drugs and illicit brew. a report published this year by the US state department , indicates that Kenya is a significant transit country with a variety of illicit drugs including heroin and cocaine, with an increasing domestic user population.
Kisumu residents have particularly bore the brunt of the effects of drug abuse by the youths. The increase in domestic violence, crime and school dropout cases in Kisumu have been attributed to drug taking.
Illicit brew and dangerous liquor from meighbouring Uganda such as Simba have found their way in Kisumu’s domestic alcohol market. Over the years Kisumu had been battling the penetration or hard drugs within the county with NACADA raising a red flag over the crisis.
In 2017, heroin addicts around the county were introduced to a Medically Assisted Therapy(MAT) program where methadone drug was administered to them on a daily basis to help them mitigate their withdrawal symptom
The anti-ADA walk would therefore be an ideal platform to address the rising cases of drug abuse in the county and put forth sustainable solutions to mitigate alcohol and drug abuse in the County.
By Annette Obondo and Noel Ngadi.
20 neurosurgeons and neurologists are in Kisumu for a neuroscience medical camp at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga and Teaching Referral Hospital.
The medical experts from Central Ohio will be performing the highly specialized procedures from 17th to 27th of June 2019 covering about 80 patients who have been screened and booked.
This is part of the Kisumu Neuroscience Initiative started by Governor Nyongó and Dr. Victor Awuondo, a neurosurgeon based in Ohio but with local descent and is aimed at making JOOTRH a centre of medical excellence in the region.
The cost of the procedures expected to be in excess of Kshs. 15 million will be subsidized by the County Government that will contribute over 5 million in pharmaceuticals, non-pharmaceuticals and equipment while the specialists will offer their expertise pro bono.
Kisumu Neuroscience Initiative was conceived to fill the gap existing in this country of 50 million and with only 20 neurosurgeons and whose costs are also prohibitive to the common citizens. The Initiative plans to hold the camp four times a year. The first camp was held in March this year with 31 patients treated.
The camp focuses on managing traumatic brain injuries, tumours and other neurosurgical conditions.
As part of positioning Kisumu as a regional centre for medico-tourism and JOOTRH a centre of medical excellence, the neuroscience initiative will be holding a Neuroscience Symposium on the 21st and 22nd June.
The international event is the first of its kind in Kenya that will bring together neuroscience specialists from around the world.
H. E President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Rt. Hon. Raila Amolo Odinga joined the people of Ratta in Seme Sub-County to celebrate the life and times of Mama Dorka Owino Nyong’o, mother to Kisumu Governor Prof. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o.
Mama Dorka Nyong’o was celebrated as a Matriach and a great pillar to the Nyong’o family, the Christian church in Nyanza and those she touched their lives. She will be remembered for her great role in the famous Maendeleo ya Wanawake Movement where she was recognized by Unicef for her excellent acumen in financial management while serving as the Nyanza Regional Treasurer.
In his address to the mourners at the burial ceremony in Ratta, President Kenyatta called on Kenyans to shun divisive politics by embracing inclusivity. He said the handshake was meant to unite Kenyans and deliver Kenya from tribal politics as well as strengthen the war against graft. He however appealed to Kenyans to remain united and help fix Kenya first.
The Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga called on the clergy to support the war against graft by turning away those presenting money gotten through unscrupulous means to church. He said it was time to remove Kenya from the super league of corruption even as called for Kenyans to Unite and embrace nationalism.
In an emotional but captivating tribute, Governor Nyong’o eulogized her mother as a trailblazer who lived her life selflessly serving the underprivileged in society.
Mama Dorka chose a life of kindness filled with great humility. Her level of selflessness was extraordinary as she took pride in taking care of the less fortunate in society and this was well demonstrated by her noble idea of starting the Ratta Girls Hostel taking care of vulnerable girls in the village and allowing them to achieve their dream of going to school.
The ceremony was also attended by leaders from across the nation including ANC Party Leader Musalia Mudavadi, Cabinet Secretaries Eugene Wamalwa, Fred Matiangi, Cecily Kariuki, Raphael Tuju, George Magoha, Governors James Ongwae, John Nyangarama, Kivutha Kibwana, Charity Ngilu, Senators led by Minority leader James Orengo, MPs led by Mbadi, Deputy Governors, MPs, MCA’s and many more.