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KENYA :Kemsa rejected price discounts on Covid-19 kits

October 2020 Dailynation ;The management of the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (Kemsa) rejected discounts by suppliers of Covid-19-related items, a special audit has revealed, raising the red flag on the controversial tendering which may cost taxpayers up to Sh2.3 billion. A forensic audit by the Office of the Auditor-General found …

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Careful, don’t lower your guard just yet

September 2020 Dailynation ;A day after President Uhuru Kenyatta partially reopened the country, fear of a possible second wave Covid-19 infections is growing as some Kenyans fail to observe Ministry of Health guidelines.  The President relaxed some of the tough measures that had been put in place to prevent the …

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Can Social Informatics Improve Social Determinants of Health Data?

September 2020 EHRIntelligence; Social informatics could be the answer to some of healthcare’s social determinants of health (SDOH) data problems, according to an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA).   The rise of value-based reimbursement has led the medical field to increasingly recognize the importance of meeting not …

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Covid-19: Uhuru extends curfew by 60 days, reopens bars

September 2020 DailyNation; President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday made several key changes to Kenya’s measures against the Covid-19 pandemic, noting the basic need for personal responsibility if the country is to win a fight that has lasted about six months now. The President extended the nationwide curfew by 60 days but changed …

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How PS Muraguri hid Sh63bn MES contracts

September 2020 BusinessDaily; Lands Principal Secretary Nicholas Muraguri hid crucial contract documents related to the leasing of medical equipment to counties in a Sh63 billion deal that the Senate declared a “criminal enterprise.” The Senate committee probing the managed equipment services (MES) project found that Mr Muraguri who served as …

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Chinese COVID-19 vaccine producers speed up clinical trials

Seprember 2020 GlobalTimes; Chinese vaccine producers are accelerating clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccine candidates and preparing for full-speed production once a product is approved to enter the market.  A phase III clinical trial project on a COVID-19 vaccine jointly developed by Chinese company CanSino Biologics Inc (CanSinoBIO) and military infectious …

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Dr Ombajo at 40 shining in a storm

Fate and fortune have a mystic way of placing people in paths they never anticipated. Paths that either overrun or streamline their life. This could not be truer for Dr Loice Ombajo, the head of the Infectious Diseases Unit at Kenyatta National Hospital. Never in the 15 years of her …

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