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The government will train more cancer specialists to save patients the challenge of travelling to the two national referral hospitals, Moi in Eldoret and Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi.

Speaking in Bomet County during the commissioning of an Oncology Centre at Longisa County hospital, Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki pointed out that the country had only 26 cancer doctors hence the need to train more.

“Cancer is the leading non-communicable killer disease in the country and can only be managed if the disease was diagnosed early by trained medics,” Mrs Kariuki stated.

The CS said that the government had embarked on a serious programme to decentralise cancer treatment to counties.

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She said Moi Teaching Hospital had embarked on the training of clinical officers and nurses on cancer treatment and management which will go hand in hand in identifying the disease at formative stages where it can be managed locally instead of travelling overseas.

The CS said that Longisa Cancer Centre was one of the ten centres opened recently to assist patients to get chemotherapy treatment apart from the two national referral hospitals.

“Longisa is opened today in responding to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive during the funeral service of the second Bomet Governor Dr Joyce Laboso on 2nd of August this year as you are aware that our late sister succumbed to cancer,” CS said.

The new centre will be mentored by Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in collaboration with Kenyatta national hospitals who will be sending doctors to the centre to attend to patients.

“The cancer centre will be providing for Chemotherapy treatment but patients will undergo radiotherapy treatment at Kenyatta national hospital,” she said.

Kariuki added that,” we will procure equipment to MTRH radiology department which will be providing radiotherapy treatment for patients from the western region by December this year.”

Bomet Governor Dr. Hillary Barchok thanked the national government for the good gesture and promised that his government will increase the financial budget for the department of health services.

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In Kenya today, it is estimated that 47,887 new cases of cancer are detected and 32,987 people die annually. It is also approximated that there are 3,200 new cancer cases among children below 18 years.

“This centre will assist the over 200 patients from this county who travel over several kilometers to Eldoret monthly for cancer treatments,” he said.

Dr. Barchok appealed to the national government to upgrade Longisa County hospital to level five to enable the hospital to provide for specialized services as it also serves other neighbouring counties of Narok, Nakuru and Nyamira.

He lamented that the directive by the national government that all medical supplies must be procured exclusively from the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA) will adversely affect the delivery of services in hospitals managed by county governments across the country.

Dr. Barchok said that if the directive is not rescinded then specialised areas like renal unit would grind to a halt as some drugs and reagents were not available at KEMSA.

Dr. Joseph Sitonik, the County Executive in charge of Medical Services and Public Health said a number of medical staff including an oncologist, clinical officers, nurses, and pharmacy technicians had been trained while others were undergoing training at MTRH.

He said Longisa Centre which started a week ago had offered various services to 19 patients and 10 others were attended to today during the CS visit.

The function was attended by Bomet County Commissioner Geoffrey Omoding, Senator Dr Christopher Langat, Bomet East Member of Parliament Beatrice Kones and Baringo Woman Representative Ms Gladwel Cheruiyot among others.

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Huawei Nova 5T set for Kenya release

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Despite being one of its most successful budget smartphone lineups in the world, Huawei hasn’t made it a priority to avail its Nova devices in the country.

For the most, our idea of budget devices from Huawei has been those in its Y series, the latest being the Huawei Y9s it launched late last year just as the Huawei Nova 5T was going on sale in several other markets around the world, months after its August announcement.

According to a statement sent by the company’s local office early last week, Huawei is expected to make the Nova 5T available in the local market soon. Our money is on the device showing up this week, at least going by what we’ve heard from our sources.

The Huawei Nova 5T is a variation of another device offered by Huawei’s sub-brand Honor. Since Honor devices are not available locally, at least on an official basis, the Nova 5T will make up for the Honor 20’s absence.

Borrowing from Huawei’s established trend of packing notable optics on its budget devices, the Nova 5T packs 4 cameras at the back: a 48-megapixels high-resolution shooter backed by a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, a 2-megapixel bokeh lens and another 2-megapixel lens for macro shots.

It also keeps the premium look and feel of recent budget devices from the company that have their way to the local market like the P30 Lite (both standard and “new” edition) and those that dominate the upper echelons of the Y series with glass on the front and back sandwiching an aluminium frame.

Its cling to fame, however, will be the fact that it will become the first Huawei smartphone in Kenya with a punch-hole display, following Samsung’s lead with similar devices in the Galaxy A series, for which it will be competing against.

The punch-hole is to accommodate the 32-megapixel selfie camera.

Other features that give it a leg up include the choice of chipset that Huawei has opted to go with (the same Kirin 980 processor that can be found on the flagship P30 Pro) and the famed Huawei SuperCharge which, by using the 22.5W charger included with the device, users are assured of juicing up the device to at least the halfway mark in just half an hour.

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There is also a departure from Huawei’s adherence to putting the fingerprint sensor either on the front, as it has done in the past on certain devices, under the display or on the back. On the Nova 5T, the fingerprint reader resides on the power button, something we have also seen on devices from Samsung, Nokia and others for a long while now.

According to Huawei, the Nova smartphone series has been a tremendous success. As we noted in our newsletter back in 2018, by mid that year alone, the lineup had seen over 50 million of its units shipped by Huawei around the world. The number, according to the statement we received last week from the company, grew to 65 million units by the end of that year. By now, it is doing nine figures.

How much do you think the Huawei Nova 5T will be going for?

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Garissa leaders propose arming of local administration

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Leaders from Garissa Sunday convened a consultative conference for peace, security and countering violent extremism and came up with a raft of measures to fight terrorism.

The measures include arming the local administrators like chiefs and providing them with at least ten police officers stationed at the chief’s camp.

The meeting also proposed that special forces be deployed to terror-prone areas as opposed to the current arrangement where police officers without specialized training are deployed and the Kenya Défense forces be deployed to man the border.

The government was also urged to avoid extra judicial killings and forced disappearance and also  treat volunteers of information with utmost secrecy to avoid victimization.

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Others include the upgrading of all roads to bitumen standards to avoid planting of Improvised Explosive Devices-IEDs, that have claimed the lives of 653 officers in a span of three years.

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The committee that is charged with collecting the views will then share the same with the national security for action and implementation.

The forum was attended by current  and former political leaders as well as senior security chiefs.

The meeting was prompted by latest terror attack in Kamuthe and Saretho primary schools in Dadaab and Fafi sub counties respectively  where three teachers and four pupils were killed by al-shabaab militia.

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