A bout 30 new cancer cases are reported monthly at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital (JOOTRH) indicating very high incidences, this is according to report by the health directorate, following the current intervention strategy programs and services put in place to increase screening among undeserved populations in Kisumu.
It is on the basis of the rising cases of cancer that the Counties First Ladies Association (CFLA ) in partnership with Roche, Women 4 Cancer and Africa Cancer Foundation visited JOOTRH earlier this week in a fact finding mission intended to establish the facts and circumstances of the cancer scourge in eight counties, including, Kisumu, Makueni, Bungoma, Kakamega, Meru, Laikipia, TaitaTaveta, and Nakuru.
Mama Kisumu, Dorothy Nyong’o played host to H. E Nazi Kuvutha together with the partners who pledged commitment to support the fight against cancer through implementation of an Enabling and Motivating Partnership Owned by Women to Engage and Reclaim their lives (EMPOWER).
On their tour to Kisumu’s JOOTRH, the partnership sought to understand facts, challenges and recommendations towards Cancer intervention strategies that will inform the EMPOWER project which seeks to contribute to the prevention, early diagnosis, treatment with standard care and education of women in the community on cervical and breast cancer.
Speaking during stakeholders meeting that brought together, Radiation Oncologists, oncology nurses, specialist and county health officials, H.E Nazi Kivutha of Makueni County expresses her commitment towards the fight against cancer through establishing EMPOWER projects in the Counties in order to prioritize cancer care and treatment as well as strengthening the health care systems for treatment in the counties.
In her remarks, Mama Kisumu pledged support from cancer diagnosis to availability of treatment, adding that in order to kick cancer out of Kisumu, screening must be perfected through treatment.
In observance of the August annual World Breastfeeding Week (WBW), the County health department in collaboration with the Kisumu Medical and Education Trust (KMET) organized the celebrations at KMET Complex Railway ward, Kisumu central Sub County.
The 2019 WBW theme “Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding,” encourages exclusive breastfeeding and promotion of improved health for babies. The theme aims at championing for gender equitable parental social protection, parent-friendly workplaces in both formal and informal sector and parent-friendly values and gender-equitable social norms to advance breastfeeding.
Speaking during the event County Minister for Prof. Judith Attyang noted that there are barriers to creating an enabling and supportive environment for women to breastfeed. Prof. Attyang called on public private partnership to promote the importance of family-friendly policies to enable breastfeeding and help parents nurture and bond with their children in early life, when it matters most.
“Concerted actions are thus needed to coordinate actions to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.” Said Prof. Attyang. The County minister applauded KMET for supporting breastfeeding mothers through the launch of the lactation center.
KMET executive director, Dr Monica Ogutu encouraged young mothers to give children the best start in life through exclusive breastfeeding, adding that increasing breastfeeding promotes better health for mothers and children alike as well as decreasing the risk of mothers developing breast cancer, ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.
During the event, the County Nutrition Coordinator, Rael Mwando appreciated this year’s theme for having addressed women’s productivity and employment while underscoring the health Act 2017. Madam Mwando also emphasized the need to have work place lactation centers adding that this will ensure productive workforce as a result of less absenteeism, increased loyalty and staff turnover.
August 1st to 7th WBW, the World Health Organization, (WHO) actively promotes breastfeeding as the best source of nourishment for infants and young children. According to WHO, breastfeeding is one of the most effective ways to ensure child health and survival.
Access to a parent friendly workplace to protect and support their ability to continue breastfeeding upon return to work by having access to breastfeeding breaks; a safe, private, and hygienic space for expressing and storing breast milk and affordable childcare.
The 7-day celebration is to inform the public on parental social protection and breastfeeding while anchoring on parent-friendly values to support breastfeeding. The WBW also seeks to engage individuals and organizations to advance breastfeeding by galvanizing action on gender-equitable parental social protection.
By Matilda Atieno
Pupils of Kolwa Central ward, Kisumu East Sub-county had a reason to smile following the commissioning of new ECDE classrooms and furniture to Four centers including Oyolla, Ragumo, Kunya and Mbeme.
A total of 200 chairs and 100 tables were officially handed over to the Centers in an event presided over by County Minister for Education, ICT and Human capacity building, Dr. Obiero Ogone.
This is in line with Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o’s agenda on Education which is keen on improving ECDE centers across the County.
Speaking during the event, Dr. Ogone emphasized the department’s commitment to improving education standards and assured teachers and parents on the plans to construct more ECDE centers across the County. The County Minister also assured the ECDE assistants on the plans to review their terms of service.
The area MCA Hon. George Olwa promised to allocate more ward development funds towards education.
Ag. County Director for Education Madam, Magret Apondi restated the mandate and priority areas of the Directorate, which include infrastructure developments, community sensitization and providing ECDE learning materials.
Madam Apondi also stated that the directorate is committed to ensuring successful Education sector in Kisumu.
By Matilda Atieno
The annual 2nd term Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA), National games kicked off today in Kisumu with Deputy Governor Dr. Mathew Owili joining Nyanza Education Director Richard Chepkawai in flagging off the championship at Moi Stadium.
Kisumu Day and Nyakach girls will represent the County as the hunt for new champions begins in the football and volleyball categories. Nyakach girls will open their account against Karugwa as Kisumu day take on newbies Ebwali.
The games will be played out at Kisumu Day and Kisumu Boys with more than a hundred participants lined up ready to be crowned champions.
Dr. Owili was joined by County Ministers,
Richard Ogendo, Dr. John Ogone,Protocol Director Bob Madanje, County government officials among other representatives from Coca Cola and the KSSA.
Winners of the U-16 football games will represent the country at the African championship as other category winners proceed to Tanzania for the Federation of East Africa Secondary School Sports Association (FEASSA) in Arusha.
By Collins Owuor
The 2019 Kisumu ASK show has hosted major exhibitors from the County government, showcasing and demonstrating a number of products and services in Early childhood Education (ECDE), vocational training, gender and youth affairs.
Under the theme “Promoting innovation & technology in Agriculture and trade” the County Department of Education, ICT and Human capacity development is currently showcasing their programs and products in the annual Kisumu ASK show’ set to run through to the 28th of July at Mamboleo show ground.
The Ag. Chief officer Rosemary Otieno stated that the move is set to promote the departments programs and services to establish business relations and to market products by the County Vocational Training Schools. “The show is also a great way to network with other industry members and grow client base.”
The exhibition expects to generate opportunities for the vocational training programs, Gender and youth affairs to access the larger Kisumu consumer market.
By Matilda Atieno
On 18th July 2019, the first-ever forum focusing on health workers convened with a series of actions to deliberate on Human Resources for Health in the county.
The Human Resources for Health (HRH) Kenya which is USAID Kenya funded project convened an engagement forum which brought together county human resources for health stakeholders with the aim of strengthening health systems for improved health outcomes in Kisumu.
Speaking during the official opening of the forum, the Ag. Chief Officer Health and Sanitation, Mr. Stephen Sewe appreciated the IntraHealth International for the implementing of the HRH, a project that has help the health department to identify gaps in the health work force. Mr. Sewe noted that the HRH Kenya mechanisms has helped the County in keeping track of its health workforce and has informed decisions on human resources for health management.
The Chief Officer also acknowledged that the data generated from the system has enabled the county human resources for health in managing payroll clean up thus controlling the wedge bill.
The series of actions laid out by County health medical officers’ representing the 7 sub counties was geared towards deepening the understating of HRH Kenya work among key County stakeholders, disseminate key HRH Kenya best practices through various knowledge products and to create a strong rapport between the mechanism and to its partners including county governments.
In his speech, the representative from the HRH Kenya, Mr. Tervil Okoko was regretful that despite implementation of Universal health Coverage (UHC), the health workforce has only recently started to receive attention.
As a UHC pilot County, Kisumu has a deficit of about 76% of health workers (County HRH data), thus the need to keep track of the size and composition of the health workforce and formulate plans for future needs for HRH.
According to Mr. Okoko, evidence -based health workforce policies are essential to ensure the provision of high-quality health services that support the attainment of UHC, adding that the achievement of health-related SDGs and UHC remains conditional on the existence of a health workforce that is well-planned, deployed and appropriately managed and supported to meet population needs.
Mr. Akoko who represented the Chief of Party Dr. Wasunna Owino was sure that the USAID-funded HRH Kenya mechanism remains committed to its partnership with the County in improving and strengthening the HRH systems for improved health outcomes through support towards: sustainable interventions that increase the number of market-ready health workers, improving quality of pre-service training, Improving the management and leadership of health workers through the adoption of good HRH practices, encourage exchange of learning and information sharing with other county governments and key stakeholders, and Institutionalize the optimization of data use for effective HRH decision-making.
HRH Kenya celebrated County leadership for their commitment and support of the HRH work council committee and for taking a step further to employ more health workers to respond to the demands of the UHC implementation.
The Forum was the first of its kind to be held among the HRH Kenya project counties is Kenya.
By Matilda Atieno
Prof. Judith Miguda Attyang and Mr. Victor Omondi Obondi were sworn-in by the County Chief Magistrate Julius Ng’arng’ ar in the presence of Governor Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o, his deputy Dr. Mathew Owili among other County officials.
Tuesday’s swearing-in of the two officers follows approval by county assembly’s committee on appointments that was chaired by the Speaker.
Prof Attyang comes in as the new County minister for health and sanitation as Mr. Odondi takes the office of the County Attorney with immediate effect.
In her remarks, Prof. Attyang expressed gratitude to Governor Nyong’o on the appointment promising to implement the Governors interests
Among the notable changes she will pursue, the County Minister promised to boost staff level and ensure reliable medical facilities as well as management of Health systems to aid supervision. On the other hand, Mr. Obondi promised to guide the County government on matters of law and compliance.
In his speech, Kisumu Governor Prof. Nyong’o pointed out that the appointment of Mr. Obondi as the Attorney shows his commitment to youth representation in his government.
“Postpone not any work, everyday matters,” He said,
The Governor also urged the appointees and other County Ministers to work diligently stating that there is still a lot to be done.
By Vello Wendo
Land demarcation, acquirement of Miwani Sugar plantations and the free taxation policy were some of the issues that arose during the sensitization of political leaders on the development of the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) held on the 15th July, 2019 at Wigot Gardens in Kisumu.
Kisumu is one of the three Counties ear marked under the provision of the SEZs in the Vision 2030 along Mombasa and Lamu whose steps in the creation of SEZs in their regions is on course.
According to the county department of energy and industrialization, identification of land due to factors that declare a region qualified to be of use and rebellion from the community are some of the challenges. The County government has however taken the challenges as stepping stones to achieving greatness thus sensitizion of political leaders to help them reach the grassroots.
“Kisumu is 95% consumer and 5% producer, there is need to engage more in manufacturing and processing in the County by introducing the Special Economic Zones. The county will only grow if it seizes to be a consumer in the market of most services but also produces for its own economic gain. The produce will not only be for export purposes but also for local consumption,” said Alice Moraa, the County Executive Commissioner Energy and Industrialization.
The SEZ earmarked Muhoroni region for demarcation, with issues such as the acquirement of Miwani Sugar Plantations, free taxation policy and whether land would be leased at similar prices for foreign investors and local investors.
The County Representatives agreed to have a similar mission for the realization of the initiative in each of their regions and come up with a domesticated Act that would address better the issues that came up in the meeting.
The on the ongoing Special Economic Zones project which set to be launched by the right Hon. Raila Amollo Odinga on the 15th of august will see more than 1million employment opportunities and more than 3 million at the completion.
many investors both local but also international already interested in being part of the zone. The county representatives agreed that the initiative was good for the region.
“As leaders let us listen and internalize. Let us speak one language that is the way forward to achieve actuality of the SEZs and with uniformity let us engage our various communities. Between now and August there’s little time for sensitization of the community on the ground, the message we should put across should be similar because this is good for our people,” Joshua Auko, MCA Ombeyi.
BY ANNETTE ACHIENG’ AND JOAN AMIMO
A major County face-lift has been commissioned to revamp the Jomo Kenyatta highway and Ang’awa avenue under the ongoing non-motorized transport project in Kisumu city.
The project which is under Kenya Urban Support Program (KUSP) is among other two projects which include the construction of modern fire stations and reconstruction of rotary youth centers.
The department of Lands, Housing, Physical planning and Urban Development revealed that the project is aimed at redesigning roads within the city which would take in pedestrians, motorists and cyclists, expansion of drainage systems, putting up of street lights, planting of flowers and green vegetation in the city roundabouts and also the creation of service ducts beneath the roads.
Speaking during an interview with the County directorate of Communications, the chief officer Mr. Steve Gome stated that 240M has been allocated for the project out of the 770M given by the world bank for the financial year 2018/2019.
He also mentioned the relocation of street vendors along the major roads under reconstruction as one of the major challenges they are facing in this transition period.
By Wendy Noel
The directorate of sports issued sports gears towards the development of sporting activities in Kolwa East ward.
The Ag. Director for sports, Mr. Ken Otieno gave out Uniforms, footballs and shoes to the ward administrator, Ms. Dorothy Okumu. This has been made possible through the county ward development program and as a result of teamwork between the ward administrators and the members of County Assembly to boost sports activities.
The ward development program is in line with Governor Nyong’os manifesto and ten-point agenda which includes promotion of sports, skills development and innovation with the aim of nurturing and identifying talents among youths within the county.
Kolwa East ward is one of the beneficiaries of the ward development program in sports. Other wards including Nyalenda, Milimani market, Kaloleni Shaurimoyo, Kolwa Central, Kisumu West have so far benefited. Next in line are North Nyakach and Kajulu wards.
According to sports officer Mr. George Ouma, the directorate has also purchased sports gears towards the ‘Mpira Mashinani’ tournaments and are currently being issued to sports clubs within Kisumu such as Manyatta youth club, Ahero football club and Kajulu football club.
“This has been beneficial to the youths because they get exposure, job opportunities and it boosts young upcoming sports clubs within the wards,” said Mr. Ouma.
By Beatrice Akinyi