“Save one life, you are a hero, save 100 lives you are a nurse” a statement that was echoed by the CEC member for health and sanitation Prof. Juddy Miguda Attyang and Mr. Ramesh Meta the chairman board of management of Jaramogi oginga Odinga teaching and referral hospital (JOOTRH).
The JOOTRH training school in partnership with the County government of Kisumu celebrated the inaugural graduation ceremony held this Friday the 15th of November 2019 at the hospital grounds. The inaugural graduation ceremony celebrated fifteen graduands presented with a higher diploma in Nephrology nursing.
The CEC member commended JOOTRH as an institution passionately committed to the provision of quality health services by ensuring equitable access to health and training services. She congratulated the graduands for showing great courage, focus and determination towards attaining powers to give hope to humanity.
According to Prof. Attyang the County Government has consistently released qualified staff through training in High Diploma in Nephrology nursing in partnership with the college of surgeons of Eastern central and southern Africa (COSCESA) and currently provides training in general surgery.
Mr. Ramesh Mate stated that the school is set for expansion as it strives to introduce many training programs to serve the region.
In his remarks, the chief officer Stephen Sewe promised to ensure more funds are released to the health sector following the health bill that is before the County Assembly.
All pomp and Color-marked the celebrations as the graduands of the first class of its kind took a nightingale pledge of service and as they received certificates of successful achievement.
The ceremony was graced by Prof. Attyang’, members of the hospital management board county officials and the well-wishers.
By Matilda Atieno
The 2019 excellence award for town and county cleanest city in Kenya goes to Kisumu City.
Kisumu Governor Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o has today received the Excellence Award on behalf of County following the city’s led clean-up program.
The awards were presented by the Town and County Planners Association of Kenya (TCPAK) at the World Town Planning Day (WTPD) celebrations held at Acacia Premier Hotel, Kisumu.
The first city manager award was also presented to Ms. Dorice Ombara who is the county’s city manager.
The WTPD is an annual international day that marks the accomplishments of planners and their contributions to their communities. On the 8th of November annually, planners around the world participate in World Town Planning activities. a practice that began in 1949.
In this season’s Kenya Premier League (KPL) there has been a flurry of action in football, as County directorate of Sports handed out contract extensions for Kisumu all-stars.
The Ag. Chief officer Tourism, Culture, Arts & Sports, Mr. Thomas Ouko this afternoon hosted All-Stars players to address the renewal of the six months contract effective 20th July 2019.
The KPL kicked off in august this year as All Stars agree to an extension under the County public service terms of contract that was signed later this afternoon.
The All Stars are new entrants in the 2019/2020 KPL season after signing in 13 new players
The exercise was witnessed by Kisumu All Stars, C. E. O Mr. Nicholas Ochieng and Team Manager Mr. Alfred Adu were.
8th November 2019 marked yet another great day in the history of Kisumu, as County witnessed the ground breaking ceremony of Ksh. 132 million Kisumu County Dairy Enterprise Development Center, launched in Muhoroni Sub-County
The objective of the project is to improve household incomes and nutrition by strengthening the dairy industry in Kisumu, thereby improving the living standards of the citizens and contributing to the local economic development.
The project is set to enhance job creation, revamp economic activities for actors in the dairy value chain, increase the number of improved dairy cows in the county and increase the incomes of dairy farm households.
The scope of the project includes; Construction of the Dairy Development Enterprise Center, Drilling of a borehole and water connection to dairy center, Capacity building of the dairy value chain actors, Improvement of local dairy herd through artificial insemination (A.I), marketing and promotion of dairy products.
” This project expected to be completed in a span of six months is jointly funded by the European Union at a tune of Ksh 110 million and the County Government of Kisumu at a tune of Ksh 22 million.” Gilchrist Okuom, County Minister of Agriculture.
According the CS Ministry of devolution and ASALs Hon. Eugene Wamalwa the project is set to boost milk production and reduce the 43M litre milk deficit in the County as well as create employment under the Big 4 Agenda.
Kisumu Governor Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o together with his Deputy Dr. Ochieng’ Owili joined Hon. Eugene Wamalwa, C.S for Devolution and ASAL and H.E Simon Mordue European Union Ambassador to Kenya at the ground breaking ceremony of the project Muhoroni Sub County.
Conservancy efforts in Kisumu has received a major boost after the county government joined the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) in planting 10,000 tree seedlings at Koguta forest.
The county government has already taken over the management of five tree nurseries from KFS as it ramps up efforts to safeguard catchment areas within the region.
A massive sensitization campaign on forest management has seen the Environment Department partner various institutions in distributing tree seedlings across the county.
In his address Chief Economist Kenya Forest Service (KFS) Samuel Muriithi called for a robust stakeholder engagement to protect and increase forest cover in the county, sentiments echoed earlier by Water CEC Salmon Orimba.
“Forests play an important role in our ecosystems and we must make conscious decisions in protecting and conserving them, added Kisumu Deputy Governor Dr. Mathew Owili.
Joining the conservancy efforts were East African Breweries Limited, KenGen Foundation, Lake Basin Development Authority (LBDA) Kenya Power, KIWASCO, Lake Victoria Development Authority among other conservancy partners.
In a joint address they vowed to partner the government to map endangered areas and increase forest coverage countrywide.
By Collins Owuor
Kisumu Deputy Governor Dr. Mathew Owili today opened the clean water conference courtesy of the Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL) at Acacia Premier Hotel.
In his address Dr. Owili called for a collective stakeholder engagement to aid the promotion of clean and affordable water connections to all county households.
“Water, as we all know, is a vital resource in the growth and stability of economies with inter dependencies across all sectors of the economy. It is a resource whose value is appreciated in industries, institutions, homes and ecosystems”, reiterated the Deputy Governor.
The Managing Director KBL, Ms. Jane Karugu called for an aggressive multisectoral approach to manage and protect water resources, sentiments echoed earlier by Water and Environment CEC Salmon Orimba.
The count government has made tremendous achievements to empower the Kisumu County WASH Network, as an integrated forum to pool resources and improve service delivery.
According to Prof. Macgoye, the Administration Secretary in the Ministry Water and Irrigation, stakeholders should leverage technologies and innovation to boost water connectivity.
Present at the conference were Siaya Deputy Governor Dr. James Okumbe, partners; the Lake Basin Development Authority, KIWASCO among other stakeholders.
By Collins Owuor
The county health department in collaboration with partners rolled out the HPV vaccine to be offered to girls 10 years of age in eleven public health facilities and outreach to schools targeting 35000 girls across the county.
The Human Papillomaviruses (HPV) that cause cervical cancer treatment will be available and free in all public immunizing facilities kicked off in October with the official launch in Homabay County. Nine girls from Kibuye primary school were the first to receive the vaccine during the launch at Kisumu County referral hospital.
The County department of health launched the process of introducing the HPV vaccine into the routine vaccination program to reduce the burden due to cervical cancer in the county.
Speaking during the launch, the chief guest and also the director of health Dr. Dickens Onyango stated that the HPV vaccination to girls before exposure is one of the sure ways to achieve protection against cervical cancer adding that each girl will be vaccinated with 2 doses of HPV vaccine given at an interval of six months apart as an injection on the upper right arm.
“The vaccine will be offered as part of the routine immunization schedule in health facilities and through targeted school outreaches.” Said Dr. Onyango.
The launch follows the successful roll-out of the HPV vaccine training activities that have been cascaded to sub-county stakeholders meeting, training of health providers and micro-planning and sensitization meetings for teachers.
Stakeholders present lauded the introduction of the vaccine stating that it is effective and has been independently evaluated and licensed for routine immunization programs noting that cervical cancer is the leading cause of all cancer deaths in women in Kenya.
By Matilda Atieno
A partnership between the Embassy of Russia, the United Nations in Kenya and the County Government of Kisumu have determined to clear the water hyacinth in Lake Victoria following an injection of Ksh. 700 million by the Russian government towards the project.
The pronouncement was made during a courtesy call to Kisumu Governor Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o and his Deputy Dr. Ochieng’ Owili by the Russian Ambassador to Kenya, H.E Dmitry Maksimychev, Mr. Siddharth Chatterjee -UN Resident Coordinator and Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and ASAL, Hon. Eugene Wamalwa.
The project which is cognizant of the current activities that have led to large – scale pollution of the world’s second-largest lake, seeks to attract private investors especially in the converted products from hyacinth, to providing inputs, equipment, finance and market development.
The overall goal of the project is to benefit an estimated 4.5 million people sharing the lake in the five riparian counties of Kisumu, Busia, Migori, Homa Bay and Siaya.
More importantly, Kisumu seeks to partner with the Russian government in telemedicine, a move that is set to improve service delivery to the residents.
The County directorate of gender together with its stakeholders held the first public participation towards engaging Kisumu residents to have meaningful input into the Sexual Gender-Based Violence (SGBV)draft policy framework.
The public participation held at YWCA in Kisumu central brought together stakeholders and partners in gender issues to deliberate on the Kisumu County draft SGBV policy framework and provide an opportunity for communication between county government, gender partners and the public.
This follows a series of discussions and workshops between partners in gender issues to deliberate on the draft. According to the gender directorates, state department headed by Mr. Joel Okumu and County government, led by Adah Omedi, the Kisumu County SGBV framework policy will give effect to the various principles that prohibit SGBV, promote the rights to freedom and security as well as empower women by transforming them from survivors of gender-based violence into key drivers of the county’s structural transformation.
The policy formulation process was spearheaded by the County directorate of gender, County state department of gender together with members of the civil society and private partners in gender issues.
By Matilda Atieno
Kenya Association of Tour Operators (KATO) held the 41st Annual General Meeting on the 26th of October 2019 at Acacia Premier Hotel Kisumu.
The event brought together over 100 tour operators and tourism stakeholders from different parts of a cross the country.
The objective of the meeting was to ensure that Kenya Tour Operators maintain the highest possible standards of service and integrity. To provide information to members, clients and agents towards beneficial relations and to create business opportunities for members.
Having won the bid to host the 9th edition of the Africities Summit in November 2021, Kisumu County Minister for Tourism, Sports and Culture Achie Alai shared with participants some of the plans that are underway to ensure that the event is successful.
In addition, she welcomed onboard the stakeholders to share their views that will shape up the preparation of the summit that will attract over 10,000 guests from Kenya and beyond.
Kenya Tourism Board CEO Dr. Betty Radier encouraged the tour operators and players in the tourism space mainly from Western Kenya to share their signature products and experiences with KTB so that they can be marketed.
The We ‘Western initiative team also shared some of the measures undertaken in establishing Western Kenya on the global map in relation to Tourism and Culture.