EAST AFRICAN NEWS

KENYA: Arab banks loan Sh1.9bn for cancer facilities

June 2015 BusinessDaily; Two Arab financial institutions have advanced Kisii Referral and Teaching Hospital Sh1.9 billion ($20 million) to buy cancer treatment equipment. The Arab Bank for Development in Africa (BADEA) gave the hospital $10 million — bringing the total Kenya financing to date to Sh17 billion — while the …

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KENYA: Ministry under fire over new Health bill

June 2015 DailyNation; The Ministry of Health has opened a new battlefront with the introduction of a bill which civil rights groups have termed an affront to the Constitution and the devolution process. In a surprising turnaround, the ministry has thrown out the much awaited Health Bill 2014, which it …

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KENYA: Ministry now wades into doctors-counties dispute

June 2015 DailyNation; Doctors who have been rejected by counties due to their ethnicity should notify the national government, Director of Medical Services Nicholas Muraguri has said. Dr Muraguri said he knew of reports of discrimination of health workers in the counties. However, he did not disclose details. He called …

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KENYA: What they’re not telling you about NHIF

June 2015 DailyNation; Last Saturday more than 200 medical specialists and general practitioners gathered for a meeting in Nairobi under the auspices of the Kenya Medical Association. Soon, a debate ensued about why universal healthcare coverage in Kenya is doomed. The discussion raised one fundamental question: will the proposed National …

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KENYA: Top private hospitals missing in NHIF list

June 2015 BusinessDaily; Top private hospitals are missing from the list of providers that the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) published on Monday for its outpatient services, a pointer that they have failed to strike a deal with the public health insurer. The NHIF published a list of more than …

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KENYA: Urgent need for biomedical engineers

June 2015 DailyNation; “This is a person who can decide to wipe out an entire community by just altering a few things in the x-ray machine”, said a concerned Matungulu legislator, Stephen Mule as he discussed a bill he brought before the parliamentary committee in health. The biomedical engineers Bill, …

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KENYA: U.S. Adds Cholera On Travel Advisory Alert

June 2015 TheStar; Tourism players at the Coast are angered by a June 3 US government advisory against Mombasa and eight other counties over a cholera outbreak. Kenya Association of Hotel keepers and Caterers executive officer Sam Ikwaye yesterday dismissed the latest advisory “as flimsy and misplaced” since no cholera …

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