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KENYA:Rotich stops mobile clinics in Afya scam

October 2017 Dailynation; Treasury has slammed the brakes on the installation and commissioning of portable medical clinics that were linked to the controversial Sh5 billion health scandal last year. Through the Supplementary Budget, the Treasury has cut Sh450 million allocated for the installation and commissioning of 100 containers that continue to …

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KENYA:Clinical officers call off strike

October 2017 BusinessDaily; Clinical officers have called off strike after signing a return-to-work formula with governors and the Health ministry. This is after spending close to 20 days in the streets protesting the Salaries and Remuneration Commission’s (SRC) job evaluation cadres. Speaking at Afya House on Thursday, Secretary-General of the Kenya …

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KENYA: NHIF to cover fertility services for civil servants

October 2017 Dailynation; For the first time, the national health insurer will cover fertility services for civil servants starting this month. From a comprehensive medical cover for police and prison officers submitted by the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF), the officers and their dependants will benefit from In Vitro Fertilisation …

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KENYA: Kenyan government grapples with huge staff shortfalls in critical sectors

October 2017 Standardmedia; The civil service is contending with an acute shortage of workers in major sectors, including health and engineering. A human resource skills audit based on the highest academic qualifications, area of specialisation, professional qualification, job, families and years of service conducted in 2015 revealed that the most affected sectors were health, engineering, …

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KENYA:Details of prisons officers Sh4 billion health plan

October 2017 Thestandard; More than 122,000 police officers, their spouses and children will from today enjoy Sh4.5 billion comprehensive medical cover under the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF). Up to five children and one spouse of the employees of National Police Service and Kenya Prison Service will be covered under the …

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KENYA: UN pledges to curb sale and use of mercury

September 2017 Dailynation; The international community has pledged to curb proliferation of mercury by banning new mining and closing existing mines. This came even as Kenya was accused of being the main supply hub for mercury, secretly used in artisanal and small-scale gold mining or ASGM in east and central …

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KENYA:Mobile clinics firm wants Sh200m from Afya House

September 2017 BusinessDaily; Estama Investments, the company at the centre of the Sh800 million mobile clinics scandal, is demanding an additional Sh200 million from the Ministry of Health as payment for the last consignment of portable health clinics it supplied under a deal that was questioned in a 2016 audit report.  …

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KENYA: Governors vow to dismiss all striking nurses

September 2017 Dailynation; The Council of Governors has maintained that county bosses will sack all nurses who have not resumed duty and advertise their positions. The CoG has described the nurses’ strike as illegal and unprotected. In a statement issued Sunday, CoG chairman Josphat Nanok said the Employment and Labour …

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KENYA: Woman rushed to Tanzania for treatment dies

September 2017 Dailynation; A 43-year-old woman who sought treatment in Tanzania for pregnancy-related complications as a result of the Kenyan nurses’ strike died Wednesday. Ms Josephine Chole, from Taita- Taveta County, died as she waited to be admitted to Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre. She was eight months pregnant. “She had …

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