EAST AFRICAN NEWS

KENYA: Women’s doctor with gifted hands

When JACKSON BIKO calls Dr John Odero Ong’ech, an obstetrician and gynaecologist, to set up this interview, there is rhumba dripping in the background. In his office at Nairobi Reproductive Health Services where he is the CEO, he plays it at low volume. Dr Ong’ech is a voluminous character, full of mirth, …

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KENYA: State mulls medicare cover for retired civil servants

February 2021 BusinessDaily; A healthcare insurance cover is to be included in the self-funded pension scheme for civil servants, enhancing comfort for retired officers. Director of Pensions Michael Kagika said the Treasury was working with the department of public service to develop a post-retirement health cover for the 663,000 government …

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Germany set to limit AstraZeneca jab to under-65s

January 2021 BBC; Germany’s vaccine committee has said AstraZeneca’s Covid jab should only be given to people aged under 65. The committee cited “insufficient data” over its efficacy for older people. The European Medicines Agency is to decide on Friday whether to approve the vaccine for use across the EU. …

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KENYA: Joho fires 86 doctors, including KMPDU boss Mwachonda

January 2021 BusinessDaily; Mombasa county government has sacked 86 doctors, including KMPDU boss Chibanzi Mwachonda and senior specialists for refusing to return to work. In a letter signed by county secretary Jeizan Faruk, Governor Hassan Joho’s administration dismissed the 86 striking workers for boycotting duty. “Following the correspondence shared between …

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