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A schools hygiene program to raise awareness of the importance of handwashing among school-going children has been launched. 

Reckitt Benckiser, through its flagship brand, Dettol in partnership with Practical Action and the County Government of Kisumu Friday launched the program which is in its pilot phase.

It is aimed at driving a student led school hygiene program as well reduce sanitation-related ailments among school-going children across the country. The pilot phase of the campaign targets to reach fifty (50) primary schools with a population of up to 50,000 children in Kisumu County.

The program comes barely two months to the Global Handwashing Day which is celebrated annually on 15th October.

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Speaking during launch earlier on Friday, Reckitt Benckiser Africa Expansion Director Health, Dele Adeyole said: “Dettol has over the years focused its interventions on school hygiene programs, targeting children in both urban and rural areas. Today we congregate here to commence an exercise that will not only reenergize the school handwashing program that has been spearheaded by Dettol for the past two decades but we are also starting a journey that will see us playing our role in reducing cases of hygiene-based diseases in our schools.”

The campaign will take a multi-faceted to ensure that school children pass on the knowledge to other vulnerable groups.

“First, we are showing them why it is important to wash hands properly, with soap and water and secondly how they can influence other children to maintain hygiene standard both at home and in school.” Mr. Dele added.

Every year, preventable diseases like diarrhoea and pneumonia claim the lives of 2.8 million children across the globe before they reach the age of five. The first 28 days of a child’s life are the most critical. In Kenya, more than 34,000 newborn babies die each year within their first month of life – a figure that translates to more than 90 deaths per day.

The Practical Action East Africa Regional Director, Farida Aliwa said that there is need for greater partnerships to tackle the sanitation challenges.

Speaking during the event Farida said, “Research shows that a large proportion of Kenya’s disease burden is caused by poor hygiene, inadequate sanitation practices and unsafe drinking water… there is need for renewed effort and commitment from all sector players – including parents, schools, government and private sector to save lives and reduce illness. It is vital that we combine our expertise in health, communication and community knowledge to raise awareness and promote hygienic and safe practices.”

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Deaths can be significantly reduced if children, mothers and caregivers alike are taught to embrace hand washing which is a simple and powerful measure of reducing infectious disease being spread by hand contact.

On his part, Kisumu County Director of Health Dickens Onyango said that such initiatives will enable counties save millions of shillings spent in treating diseases by refocusing efforts toward preventive care.

Teachers from primary Schools in Kisumu County being taken through the submission process for their pupils for the Dettol’s Hygiene in Schools competition. The school’s hygiene program that aims to raise awareness of the importance of handwashing among school-going children.

“Kisumu County loses millions every year due to poor sanitation, this includes losses due to access time, premature death, health care costs and productivity. However, to ensure that we achieve Universal Health Coverage as envisioned by the government through its big 4 Agenda, greater focus has to be placed on primary health care, and particularly on prevention.”

“Low-cost high-impact interventions such as hand washing have proven to significantly reduce the number of children dying in Sub-Saharan Africa and should encouraged,” he explained.

Governments around the world have put efforts to achieve UN Sustainable Development Goal No. 6; “ensure access to water and sanitation for all, which is critical for successful realization of effective hand washing with soap”.

According to the WHO “Clean Care is Safer Care Programme”, between 2005 and 2015, the number of global deaths attributable to hygiene fell by more than 12%, whereas health cases decreased by more than 20%. This was attributed to hand washing with soap and access to clean water.

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Getafe make top four statement with Valencia win

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Getafe took another step towards Champions League qualification on Saturday as Jorge Molina scored twice in a sensational 3-0 win over fellow top-four contenders Valencia.

The 37-year-old Molina capped a storming performance with two goals in the second half before Jaime Mata added a third with three minutes left, after Valencia’s Alessandro Florenzi had been sent off.

Getafe stay third but moved five points ahead of Valencia in fifth. Sevilla will again pull level on points with them by winning away at Celta Vigo on Sunday.

Up next for Jose Bordalas’ side is a trip to Barcelona next weekend but on this evidence, it will be the stumbling Catalans feeling nervous ahead of that game at Camp Nou.

Getafe face La Liga’s defending champions on the back of four consecutive victories, in which they have score nine goals and conceded none.

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They bullied Valencia from start to finish, faster to the ball and hungrier in the tackles, with all three goals coming from Getafe’s players running harder or reacting quicker than their opponents.

After missing out on the top four to Valencia on the final day of last season, beating them might have carried some extra satisfaction and delivered another dose of belief that this term they can finish the job.

Bordalas took over Getafe in 2016 with the team 21st in Segunda but led them to promotion that same season before finishing eighth in their first year in the top flight, and then fifth last term.

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After Barca, they will play Ajax in the Europa League.

Valencia, meanwhile, have won only four out of nine games since the turn of the year, with their own Champions League last 16 tie against Atalanta fast-approaching.

Getafe were the better side in the first half but had to wait until 13 minutes into the second for Molina’s opener. He slid the ball to Mata and then beat two Valencia defenders to the rebound from Jaume Domenech’s save.

Dani Parejo was at fault for the second as he gave the ball away in midfield and one pass set Molina free. He had three defenders to beat but somehow bundled through, a final pirouette making space for a smart finish.

Florenzi was sent off with 12 minutes left for a frustrated spear tackle from behind on Marc Cucurella before Mata made it three.

This time Angel spun the hapless Mouctar Diakhaby before laying the ball on his teammate. Mata dummied Domenech and had an open net.

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Isiolo/Chuka, Panthers/Tumaini in Chapa Dimba final

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Action at the Eastern Regional final of the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom tournament

MACHAKOS, Kenya, Feb 8 – Isiolo Starlets will face Chuka University while Black Panthers will take on Tumaini in the girls and boys final of the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom Eastern Region finals on Sunday afternoon at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

Isiolo progressed to the girls’ final after thrashing Mabuu Queens 8-0 in the first semi of the day while Chuka University had to dig deep before seeing off season one winners Ngakaa Talents 2-1 in the second semi of the day.

In the boys’ category, Tumaini were no match from Moyale’s Biashara FC as they hammered them 7-0 to set up a date against Black Panthers who progressed on post match penalties after a toughly contested 3-3 draw in regular time wit St. Daniel’s.

Isiolo were first on the Kenyatta Stadium pitch and it took them 24 minutes to get their party started when Nasibo Wario broke the deadlock.

Shortly after, the floodgates opened when Nasibo Ibrahim followed her namesake’s path in netting the second just three minutes later before Kula Dida stretched the lead to 3-0 10 minutes later.

Ibrahim then added her second of the morning three minutes to the break as the girls from Isiolo went to the breather tails up at 4-0.

They didn’t stop there and in the second half picked up the tempo on the same beat, Guyatu Halaike making it 5-0 in the 57th minute before Wario also joined the brace squad with a second in the 61st minute to make it 6-0.

The doubles of the day were not done yet as Halima Tadicha also notched her own brace within a space of four minutes, making it 7-0 in the 79th before crowning the day with another just seven minutes to the final whistle.

It wasn’t so smooth sailing for Chuka though in the second girls’ semi as they had to come from down to beat Ngakaa Talents and derail their dream of clinching their second Chapa Dimba title.

Action at the Eastern Regional final of the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom tournament

Samantha Adhiambo gave the former champions a dream start with a goal nine minutes from halftime and they looked well on course to sail to the finale.

But, they couldn’t withstand second half pressure from Chuka in the second half with Susan Wanjeri drawing her side level just four minutes after the restart.

The contest grew to enormous levels in the ensuing minutes and when it seemed that the game was headed for a tie, Wanjeri popped up once again five minutes to full time, notching the winner and sending her team to the final.

Meanwhile, Tumaini picked a leaf from Isiolo’s opening performance of the day to make light work of Biashara, who couldn’t just take care of their defending business as they shipped in seven goals.

Yasin Mohamed was the chief destroyer for Tumaini, scoring a tournament high four goals to aid his side pick the massive victory. He broke the deadlock in the 10th minute before Moses Kinama struck at the stroke of halftime to give his side a 2-0 buffer at the break.

Moris Kapirante then made in a third with eight minutes chalked off in the second half to make it 3-0. Biashara looked certain to challenge as they gave in a fight with Mustapha Abdirahman scoring on the hour mark.

But, that couldn’t go on for long as Mohamed completed his hatrick with a quick double in the 81st and 84th minute to sink Biashara’s minute hopes. Two minutes later, Kapirante scored his second and it seemed all going south for Biashara with Mohamed adding his fourth of the afternoon in the 89th minute.

The second semi was however a complete contrast of the first, as St. Daniel’s and Black Panther totally had a go at each other. A 3-3 draw in regulation time forced the game to penalties and Panthers ultimately stung the saints to win 7-6.

Jared Owili and Milton Lesuda gave St. Daniel’s a healthy 2-0 lead after 25 minutes, but complacency at the back cost them as they saw that lead wiped away within two minutes. Denis Murithi halved the deficit in the 37th minute and within a minute of him scoring, Preston Mwenda had drawn parity.

The Saints took the lead again in the 67th minute with Owili striking his second, but the hard working Panthers grabbed the equalizer with seven minutes left on the clock, Mwenda adding his second of the day.

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Sofapaka coach John Baraza confidently said they would pick the three points against Gor Mahia a day before the clash, and they sure did as Batoto ba Mungu edged out K’Ogalo 3-1 in an entertaining Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match at Narok Stadium on Saturday.

Elli Asieche opened the scoring in the first minute of the match but Gor fought back to level the scores through Samuel Onyango. Second half strikes by new signings Promise Chinonso and Sebastine Ikhekai ensured Sofapaka pick the maximum points.

Gor Mahia remain at the top of the standings despite the loss with 44 points from 19 matches while Sofapaka are now eighth with 30 points having played a match more.

KÓgalo coach Steven Polack lauded the opponents for the win.

“They scored a quick goal as the match kicked off but the second one was as a result of poor defending from my defenders. The third goal we have to give credit to the striker, that was a brilliant goal. We had a number of chances, hit the post but it wasn’t our lucky day,” Polack said after the match.

“They scored the goals and we didn’t so congratulations to them but, no disrespect, I thought the long balls style of play ended in the 1980s. They also wasted time, falling over in the last minutes of the match. They had to do what they had to do to win,” he added.

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Baraza was overjoyed after the impressive win.

“We had prepared very well and mastered how Gor Mahia have been playing. I knew they would be overconfident due to their good run but we stuck to our game plan and used their weaknesses to our advantage. We now know their ways and hopefully they will never beat us again,” Baraza said.

In an early kick off at Narok, Wazito registered their third win of the season by edging Western Stima 2-1. Musa Masika’s stoppage time goal helped the struggling side end their eight-match winless run. Augustine Out put Wazito ahead in the 51st minute after a goalless first half but Stima equalised in the 83rd minute through Kevin Omundi. Masika, younger brother of Kenyan International Ayub Timbe who recently made a move to English Championship side Reading FC, won the three points for Wazito with the last kick of the game with a low shot from inside the box.

In Muhoroni, Chemelil registered arguably the surprise result of the day by beating Posta Rangers 2-1 while Nzoia Sugar held Ulinzi Stars to a 1-1 draw at Sudi Stadium in the other matches played Saturday. AFC Leopards host Tusker in Nakuru Sunday afternoon.

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