The government has announced plans to join the county in eliminating substandard products in the market.
Speaking in Kisumu during the 3rd National Conference for managers of management systems, the Kenya Bureau of Standards Director, Esther Ngari was confident of the partnership yielding fruit as the agency clamped down on substandard products across the region.
In a speech read on his behalf by Deputy Governor Dr. Mathew Owili, Kisumu Governor Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o lauded the agency for choosing Kisumu as the regional standardization capital.
The developments he said were in line with the exponential economic and industrial growth gathering steam in the county.
Inmates at the Kodiaga maximum prison graduated yesterday in a ceremony presided over by Dr Kim Kisung from Korea in the company of Deputy Governor Dr. Mathew Owili.
Speaking at the graduation Dr. Owili urged the community to embrace inmate and ex-convicts
as they too can change regardless of their situations.
“Criminal justice reform is not just about being fair to the individuals who will be most affected but it’s also about doing what’s right for our nation’s well-being. The reforms must therefore be cognizant of the overall impact this process has on our societies.” Dr. Owili added.
The inmates were awarded certificates of completion towards their training on mind education facilitated by International Youth Fellowship in collaboration with Kodiaga maximum prison.
Wednesday, 21st August 2019 KCA University Wester Campus launched the MSC Commerce Program, in the presence of County Minister Dr. Obiero Ogone who represented Kisumu County Governor Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o in the celebrations.
In his speech Governor Nyong’o applauded the University stating that it is a step in the right direction.
“commerce is a great driver of our economy and there is no better way to achieve this if not by instilling the right knowledge and skills in our students by offering them the relevant courses that adequately prepare them for the fast advancing technological and competitive economic environment.” Said the Governor.
According to the Governor, Kisumu County being the gateway to the Lake and Eastern African region opens up a huge market for goods and services and thus offers limitless opportunities for entrepreneurs and industrialists. Thus, the need to developed a workforce armed with the right knowledge and skills to offer the requisite human resource that the industry desperately needs.
The new Program launch took place the Aga-khan hall in Kisumu and was also graced by Deputy Governor Vihiga, H.E Dr Patrick Saisi, and Kisumu Central MP Fred Ouda.
The new Masters degree programme will allow graduate students in the region enrolled at KCA University to obtain an MSC degree from the University.
Chair of the First Ladies Association, Hon.Nazi Kivutha and Mama Dorothy Nyongo welcomed at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral hospital in Kisumu.The duo led a delegation to evaluate cancer responsiveness within Kisumu County. Photo by Jacob Owiti.
By Lorraine Anyango.
Kisumu County lacks data in cancer management that would be instrumental to inform decisions in investments as well as patients follow up.
This challenge has been fueled by lack of data collection tools, registers and, summary tools among other requirements.
The county also needs linkages with private hospitals in submission of cancer statistics from the facilities.
While giving a progressive report on the cancer situation in Kisumu County, the county health director Dr Dicken Onyango said that data in cancer should be as developed as data captured in the management of HIV and Aids condition.
Dr. Onyango noted that only cervical cancer indicators are well captured and reported on DHIS, against the background of other cancers documented to exits in the county, however one cannot be able to trace the where about of those patients.
“The focus has been on cervical cancer screening, the other cancers are neglected due to inadequately defined indicators.” Dr Onyango said while calling on partners to aid in developing an integrated cancer surveillance system that captures and reports data for all cancers.
The scantly available data shows that in the last ten years, Kisumu county registered 402 cases of breast cancer, 365 identified esophagus cancer, 324 kaposis sarcoma, 328 cancer of the cervix’s, 171 prostate cancer and 164 lyomphoma cancer.
The records further indicate 124 people in Kisumu suffered from cancer of the liver (hepatoma), 76 had colorectum cancer, 46 cancer of the stomach, 45 cancer of the ovary, 26 osteogenic sarcoma and 24 multiple mveloma.
Since 1998 to date there are 22 cancers of the bladder recorded in Kisumu County, another 20 cancer of the pancrease, 15 thyroid cancer , 12 bronchus cancer, 12 endomethium cancer, 11 cancer of the vulva, 10 cancer of the penis, 4 cancer of the stomach and 8 unspecified cancers.
Within the county, cancer patients are receiving interventions and treatment in cryotherapy, surgical intervention and thermo-coagulation
Kisumu County has several cancer screening locations, including JOOTRH, KCRH, Chulaimbo, Kombewa, Ahero, Nyakach, Nyahera, Muhoroni, Gita, Migosi, Lumumba, Rabuor, Airport HC, Ober Kamoth, Kodiaga HC, Katito, Manyuanda, Nyangoma and Bodi.
The county has a total of 19 sites able to screen cervical cancer (Vili/Via) and three sites for I breast, Five sites for cytotherapy and another five with thermo coagulation devices. Kisumu hospice offer palliative care while JOOTRH offers oncology clinic, diagnosis thermotherapy starter package and it’s also the proposed cancer comprehensive center.
The highest number of screening done in Kisumu includes cervical cancer and breast cancer, the screening is done by roughly 30 nurses trained in cervical cancer screening while the county has only 2 oncologists, one at JOOTRH and another in Maseno.
However , there is inadequate opportunities for continuous professional development due to lack of funding for staff who wish to pursue long-term training in oncology – nurses, clinical officers, doctors.
For the last nine months there has been a documented decrease amounting to 324 in the number of cervical cancer receiving via/Vili and an increase of cervical cancer patients on Pap smear while cancer patients with positive Via/vili results increased with 62.
In the same period the number of cervical cancer with suspicious cancer lesions increased by on while 40 more patients were treated using cyotherapty.
The county has partnered with KMET, Africa Cancer Foundation, to support cancer patients, however due to high cost of treating cancer, patients rely on universal Health coverage (UHC), NHIF and cash from funds drives, though funding gaps for patients in the county exists in chemotherapy and diagnostic services – CT scan, MRI.
Apart from gaps in data, the county still has to grapple with inadequate equipment, lack of radiotherapy, few numbers of cancer care staff including specialist.
The screening programs are also working in alone, there is no integrated screening program for all cancers.
Some of the recommendations that Dr Onyango gave included initiating an integrated cancer screening program rather than stand alone as well as development of on integrated cancer surveillance systems that captures and records data from all centers.
“There is need to support dissemination of cervical cancer information through community dialogue as well as partner to support dialogue forums for sub county dissemination of information on cancer.” Dr Onyango added.
The COUNTY PUBLIC SERVICE BOARD is pleased to invite the following shortlisted candidates who had applied for various posts within Kisumu County. All Candidates to report for the interview on the date and time indicated against their names at the county public service board offices located at Okore road, Millimani
All businesses in Ahero came to a standstill as traders and residents were caught up in a triumphant procession tuned to Luo traditional beats along the streets in a bid to raise awareness on the official launch of the change project.
The phase II project, focuses on solid waste management and the improvement of the drainage system within Ahero market. With the systematic approach, solutions will be geared towards the reduction of pollution to Nyando River and also improving the livelihoods of the locals by creating opportunities for the youth to engage in economic activities.
The colorful event, anchored on the slogan “My environment my Lifeline” was marked with several activities all focused on sensitizing the people on waste and environmental management for sustainable urban growth. These included a mega clean up exercise, speeches, performances from the local artists, skits and football tournaments for the under 16 years, both boys and girls
In the boys’ tournament, Korea FC beat Vasco FC on penalties and clinched a trophy while the girls clubs, Onjiko Girls talent beat Kasuna Girls FC at 1- Nil and made away with the trophy. The runners up Vasco FC and Kasuna girls FC received a token of appreciation for their spirited participation.
While representing Kisumu Governor during the official launch, the CEC Lands, Housing and Physical planning Mr. Dickson Obungu, reiterated that before the end of this financial year, Ahero is set to have a town administrator who will be mandated to look at the planning of the town, this follows the gazettement of Ahero as a town.
He further applauded the move by the Symbiocity and Council of Governors to implement the change project which he termed a move towards the right direction in changing the lives of the residents of Ahero.
In response to the quest by the area MCA concerning regular clean-up of the town and garbage damping along the highway, the Minister promised to work closely with Symbiocity in order to maintain a clean environment by providing a track to collect garbage.
The Ahero Member of County Assembly, Hon. Kennedy Ooko on his part challenged the stakeholders that the cleaning should not be a onetime event, but should be done regularly. He also requested the CEC to allocate a track that will collect the heaped garbage since Ahero should meet the standards of a town.
The program officer, Maureen Njoga who represented the Symbiocity and Council of Governors, thanked all stakeholders for turning up for the official launch and urged them to support the implementation of the change project that would improve their economy and standards of living.
The project coordinator, Mr. Sospeter Onunga, accredited the rich diverse talents in Ahero and promised to work closely with the groups in order to achieve the goals of the project. He thanked the partners for their unwavering support to ensure the event was successful. “Symbiocity is all about inclusivity, synergy and networking” said Mr. Onunga.
Also in attendance were Muhoroni Sub County Admin Magdalene Wasama, Nyando Sub County Admin Maurice Oricho, Chief Inspector of police, County Director for Environment Mr Ken Koyoo, Ahero Symbiocity Operations Manager Mr. Victor Adero, Stakeholders Chairman Mr. Charles Ogada, the Champions, members of the Technical Working Group, stakeholders and members of the local community.
“You the media, are powerful. You reach millions of people, you have the tools to challenge rigid gender roles and empower both men and women”, remarked Atieno Otieno the County Director of Communications when she joined DW Akademie and two of Kisumu’s esteemed radio stations for the launch of their gender policies.
Sky FM and Radio Lake Victoria on Wednesday made history when they launched their Gender Policies at a ceremony attended by radio journalists from Kisumu, Bungoma, Webuye and Nakuru. The policies are a set of guidelines for the stations to guarantee equal rights and opportunities for all ; tools to advance gender parity in radio programming.
The launch was organized by DW Akademie who are the supporting partners in media development in Kenya.
In attendance, the County Director of Gender and Youth Affairs Ms Adah Omedi said that Gender policy is developed out of the recognition that there still are disparities among men and women in various spheres of life. She announced that the County Government was at an advanced stage in the development of a Sexual Gender Based Violence policy and a Gender mainstreaming policy.
In her remarks, Sigrid Thomsen, DW Akademie’s project lead applauded the two radio stations for fostering an Integrated Policy Agenda which is a big step towards bridging the gender gap.
Also present was the Managing Director of Sky FM, Mr. Daniel Kirathe, Mr. Arthur Okwemba a media consultant for DW Akademie, Association of Media Women in Kenya representative Josephine Wareta, station managers, among other stakeholders.
The policy is in line with the Kenya National Policy on Gender and Development (NPGD), which clearly states that it is the right of women, men, girls and boys to participate in and benefit equally from the development process including appropriate affirmative action at all levels.
“Getting women in front of the camera or the microphone is only half the battle; we also need fundamentally to change the way we interact and the language that we use,” concluded Atieno.