NAIROBI –President Uhuru Kenyatta has called for the utilization of knowledge gained from the global and national response to Covid-19 in the national roll-out of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in the country.
The President said UHC, which is one of the Government's Big 4 development agenda, should be structured to promote preventive medicine.
"Pre-mortem analysis will help us chart the path to sustainable health provisioning for all. Using this model, the conference should, therefore, give us counsel on how to promote preventive medicine over symptomatic care.
"It should guide us on how to use the lessons learnt from the Covid-19 experience in order to anchor the full national roll-out of the Universal Health Coverage," the President said.
The Head of State ...
NAIROBI –President Uhuru Kenyatta has directed the Ministry of Health to publish details of all procurements related to Covid-19 particularly those undertaken by the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA).
The President said the publication of procurement information including winners of tenders is an act of transparency and an anti-corruption measure that should be adopted by all public entities.
"I also hereby direct that the Ministry of Health, within the next 30 days, must come up with a transparent, open method and mechanism through which all tenders and procurement done by KEMSA are available online," the President ordered.
"This level of transparency and through the use of technology, will go a very along way in ensuring that we have the confidence of our people that those ...
Confusion between coronavirus and Corona beer has been a
punchline of questionable taste during the outbreak -- but the matter
may be no joke for the brand.
The phrase "38% of Americans" was trending last week on Twitter following a survey showing that proportion of beer drinkers "would not buy Corona under any circumstances now."
Ronn Torossian, founder and CEO of
public relations firm 5W, which polled 737 US beer drinkers, said there
is "no question that Corona beer is suffering because of the
"While the brand has claimed that
consumers understand there's no linkage between the virus and the beer
company, this is a disaster for the Corona brand," Torossian said in a
"After all, what brand wants to be linked to a virus which is killing peop...
A group of 27 scientists from nine countries have strongly condemned rumours and conspiracy theories stipulating that the novel coronavirus outbreak was triggered artificially.
The scientists are from the U.S., the UK, Germany and the Netherlands. “We stand together to strongly condemn the conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 (coronavirus) does not have a natural origin. “Scientists from multiple countries have published and analysed genomes of the causative agent, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).
conclude that this coronavirus originated in wildlife, as have so many
other emerging pathogens,’’ a statement read, as quoted by The Lancet
The scientists added that the U.S. National Academies of Sci...
The coronavirus was confirmed in the Chinese city of Wuhan on January
7, 2020. Cases have since been confirmed in several other Asian
countries, Europe and the United States.
The World Health Organisation, WHO, has since declared it a public health emergency of international dimensions. WHO
chief Tedros Ghebereyesus said whiles China had a robust health system
to detect and control, his outfit remained concerned about the virus
entering country’s with weak systems.
Almost all African governments have publicly put in place strict
screening at points of entry especially airports. Ivory Coast, Kenya,
Ethiopia and Botswana have recorded suspected cases. All except Botswana
have reported that the tests were negative. African airlines have
cancelled scheduled flights to China exc...
A 50-year-old man in India who mistakenly thought he had contracted the coronavirus hung himself to protect his family, a news report said.
K. Bala Krishna was treated by doctors in Tirupati for a viral fever but was assured he did not have the deadly disease that has killed more than 1,350 worldwide, according to the Times of India.
Despite the doctors’ assurances, Krishna began watching videos on the virus on his mobile phone and became convinced that he had been infected, the newspaper said. He feared he would put his family in harm’s way. “My father watched coronavirus-related videos the whole day on Monday and kept saying he had similar symptoms,” his son, Bala Murali, told the Times. “He attacked us when we tried to tell him that he did not suffer from the deadly...
Three Chinese nationals have been isolated in Seeta-Mukono for
monitoring, shortly after returning from China as precautionary
measures, following the ministry directive on Coronavirus.The affected Chinese, all employees of China Star Company returned to the country recently.They
are part of 220 travellers who have been isolated in different parts of
the country. The move is a preventive measure against the spread of the
virus that has ravaged China and been confirmed in other countries.
The isolation takes two weeks after which if there are no symptoms, the isolated person is allowed to interact freely.However, their confinement left several of their co-workers in panic.Mr
Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the Ministry of Health spokesperson said that they
are closely monitoring all travell...
Malaysian health authorities on Thursday (Feb 13) confirmed a new coronavirus infection involving a woman from China, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 19.
Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the 39-year-old
victim, who arrived from Wuhan, China, on Jan 25, is believed to be
linked to two other victims, also from Wuhan, who are being treated at
the isolation ward in the Kuala Lumpur Hospital.
The two others are her mother and a friend. They tested positive for the coronavirus on Feb 5 and Feb 7.
The 39-year-old victim was initially placed under home surveillance and monitoring.
"She had arrived in Malaysia from China on Jan 25 with four other
women. While under surveillance, she began developing symptoms such as
cough and feve...
More 120 people have been isolated in different parts of Uganda after they were linked to the deadly coronavirus, a Ministry of Health official has said.
Emmanuel Ainbyoona, the ministry’s
spokesperson said that the people were not quarantined because they
showed no symptoms but were just asked to self-isolate for two weeks to
avoid any incidents.
“We have a thermal scanner and the moment one
arrives into immigration, it scans your temperature and if it is
raised, you are monitored and sometimes isolated within your place of
residence,” Ainebyoona said on Tuesday.
71 Ugandan students are also stranded in Wuhan, Hubei province with the
government saying that it has no plans of evacuating them despite their
calls of distress asking to be evacuated.
Lawmakers have appealed for evacuation of Ugandans especially
students in China in the midst of the deadly coronavirus in Wuhan
Hon. Latif Sebaggala (Indep., Kawempe North) raised a
matter of national importance during a plenary sitting on 11 February
2020, saying that he has received messages from students who are
concerned about their plight.
According to the letter from the
students read by Ssebagala, there has been general lack of necessities
including groceries and masks.
The students added that prices of groceries have been hiked making it hard tp afford.In
their letter, the five students appealed to government to use its
diplomatic engagement with the Chinese government to allow for a timely
“If other countries have evacuated their citize...
The novel coronavirus epidemic could spread to around two-thirds of
the world’s population if it cannot be controlled, according to Hong
Kong’s leading public health epidemiologist.
His warning came after the head of the World Health Organisation
(WHO) said recent cases of coronavirus patients who have never visited
China could be the “tip of the iceberg”.
Professor Gabriel Leung, chair of Public Health Medicine at Hong Kong
University, said the overriding question was to figure out the size and
shape of the iceberg. Most experts thought that each person infected
would go on to transmit the virus to around 2.5 other people. That gave
an “attack rate” of 60-80%.
The outbreak of Coronavirus in China has thrown
the business community in downtown Kampala into panic as they
anticipate stock-out of goods imported from China.
effects of the outbreak of Coronavirus on the market has been made worse
by stringent Chinese visa conditions that traders have to meet.
Coronavirus has claimed more than 700 lives and left 34,000 infected in
Wuyan, ChinaSome traders have started contemplating finding
alternative sources of goods should China fail to find a solution to the
virus soon.According to an online resource for international trade, Uganda imports goods worth $1.15b from China annually.
virus broke out when workers in factories were on holiday, with the
outbreak of the Coronavirus nobody can return to work,” Mr Sa...
The number of deaths from China's new
coronavirus epidemic jumped to 722 on Saturday, surpassing the toll from
the SARS outbreak on the mainland and Hong Kong almost two decades ago.
86 people died from the virus, according to the national health
commission, with all but five in hard-hit Hubei province, where the
disease emerged in December.
daily update, the commission also confirmed another 3,399 new cases.
There are now more than 34,500 confirmed infections across the country.
Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), a disease in the same family as the
new coronavirus, left nearly 650 people dead in mainland China and Hong
Kong in 2002-2003.
More than 120 others died around the world.
China has struggled to contain the current
virus despite hav...
Ugandan students in Wuhan the epicenter of the coronavirus in China
have cried out to government asking to be evacuated from what they’ve
termed as a ‘horror experience.’
The students have said that they
cannot keep calm anymore as some of them have run out of supplies and
masks as the number of virus infections continues to rapidly increase in
the Wuhan province of China and beyond.
By February 5, 2020, the
number of new infections had increased by over five times in one week
with 28,018 cases of the virus confirmed in 25 countries including
China. 563 deaths had been recorded in China and 2 deaths in Hong Kong
the #EvacuateUgandansInWuhan hashtag on Twitter, Ugandan students have
now demanded for government action adding that they are willing t...
of Equatorial Guinea has announced a solidarity contribution of $2
million to China over the rampaging coronavirus outbreak.
The decision was reached after a cabinet meeting this week. It was
chaired by President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. The cabinet also expressed
solidarity and support for the Chinese government.
Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons said
about the gesture: “China has always been a very strong and loyal
supporter of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and this contribution is a
demonstration that Equatorial Guinea stands in solidarity with China
and its people as it fights a global outbreak that has already cost too
“Our ongoing Year of Investment Initiative will be a testimony to
the depth of our cooper...
A baby in China's epidemic-hit Wuhan city has been diagnosed
with the novel coronavirus just 30 hours after being born, Chinese state
media reported Wednesday.The infant is the youngest person recorded
as being infected by the virus, which has killed nearly 500 people
since emerging late last year.CCTV quoted experts as saying it may
be a case of "vertical transmission", referring to infections passed
from mother to child during pregnancy, childbirth or immediately after.
The mother had tested positive for the virus before she gave birth.The official Xinhua news agency reported Monday that a baby born last week to an infected mother had tested negative.The
disease is believed to have emerged in December in a Wuhan market that
sold wild animals, and spread rapidly as people trav...
On Monday, the president on Tuesday met government officials to
discuss contingency measures and Uganda’s preparedness to prevent
coronavirus that is currently ravaging China and is spreading to other
“I now understand this disease. I’m going to write about it so that the public is sensitized on how to prevent it” he said.
to the World Health Organisation, At least 427 people have died with
more than 20,000 confirmed cases around the world, most of them in
More than two-dozen nations have reported cases but, so far, no confirmations have been made across Africa or Latin America.
deadly coronavirus outbreak that has spread from China causes severe
acute respiratory infection and symptoms usually start with a fever,
followed by a dry coug...
The rare admission came from the Politburo Standing Committee, which
called for an improvement in China's emergency management system.
It also ordered a "severe" crackdown on illegal wildlife markets - where the virus is thought to have emerged.
The death toll rose to 425, with more than 20,000 confirmed cases.
The government's initial handling of the outbreak has been widely criticised.
have been accused of downplaying the severity of the virus at the start
of the outbreak and in some cases, attempting to keep news of it under
One doctor in Wuhan who tried to warn his fellow colleagues about the outbreak in early January was accused of "making false comments" and told by police to stop the "illegal activity".
was only later in January that ...
President Yoweri Museveni has been screened of the deadly
coronavirus on arrival to Entebbe International Airport from Luanda
Museveni was screened for symptoms such as flue, cough, fever,
difficulty in breathing and running nose in the Ministry of Health’s
efforts to prevent the Coronavirus from cropping in the country.
The ministry of health since late last month stepped up screening for
the deadly coronavirus at Entebbe Airport, as the death toll from the
illness rises in China and new cases emerge in several other countries
including Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.
Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng recently said medical teams have
been trained to handle the screening process to reduce the risk of
transmission from persons jetting in who might be infected...
Officials from the World Health Organization in Egypt said they were
working to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the country.
The virus has killed more than 300 in China, with cases reported in several other countries.
The WHO’s regional headquarters held a
news conference in Cairo on Sunday on developments related to cases of
the new virus in the Middle East.
We are working with them just to ensure that those students who are coming are healthy and they don't disseminate.
Abdi Nasir Boubakr is Infectious Hazard Management (IHM) unit team leader.
“As you know that there are a number of cases in the region, who are
bringing back their students into the country. Egypt is one of them,
Sudan, Morocco, Tunisia. We are helping them and we are working with
them just to...