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HIV test kits – shortage in Uganda because demand outpaces supply

Posted by African Press International on June 17, 2013

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Demand outpaces supply (file photo)

KAMPALA, – Uganda has run out of most antiretroviral drugs (ARVs), HIV testing kits, drugs to treat opportunistic infections and several crucial diagnostic tools for HIV care, according to a recent Ministry of Health stock status report.

The report, posted by the ministry on 27 May, listed the status of medical supplies as of 1 May. It reported that central stocks of a number of first- and second-line ARVs, paediatric ARV formulations and HIV test kits were either out or below the minimum stock levels in country’s three government warehouses – National Medical Stores (NMS), Joint Medical Stores (JMS) and Medical Access Uganda Limited (MAUL).

The report noted that the antifungal drug Fluconazole, used to fight opportunistic infections in people living with HIV, was out of stock at all three warehouses, while laboratory commodities for haematology, clinical chemistry and assessing CD4…

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Kenya: Kisumu County Government has launched an anti-litter monthly clean up initiative

Posted by African Press International on June 17, 2013

  • By MAURICE ALAL, API,Kenya

Kisumu County Government has launched an anti-litter monthly clean up initiative targeting a 75% reduction in litter in all the seven constituencies.

The clean up initiative dubbed “don’t trash Kisumu” aims to improve collection, public awareness and enforcement of environmental by laws.

According to Governor Jack Ranguma, the effort is not only for aesthetics but also to reduce trash flowing into the drainage system, thus decreasing repair costs.

He said every first Saturday of the month will be a clean up day, within the County and the inaugural exercise will be launched on the 6th July.

The program focuses on education and behavioral change and involves sustainable programs for business, educators and the community.

The County, Ranguma said will also impose heavy fines for illegal dumping, and told everyone to be responsible in managing their liter within the surrounding environment they live.

“We will review environmental by laws to help us enforce these anti-litter efforts and make our county one of the cleanest in East Africa,” said Ranguma.

“If people don’t see me and my deputy or the City Council picking up trash, they are going to think it’s not an issue. We must lead them,” the Governor said

Deputy Governor Ruth Odinga said they will work closely with line environmental organizations, Universities, Churches, business Community to undertake cleaning.

“We will get that graffiti cleaned up. If there’s one person that hates graffiti,” Odinga said, pausing for emphasis, then“it is me.”

The Program will involve an annual litter audits and measurement of collected litter as a way to evaluate the progress toward achieving the 75% reduction goal.

Ranguma and Odinga asked employees from various county departments, workers in private offices, and business elites to join in the effort to clean up Kisumu on the 6th July.

Yesterday, a meeting held at Odinga’s office chaired by the Executive member for Environment Ms Rhoda Ahono resolved to mobilize residents to join the don’t trash Kisumu Campaign.

The County Director of Environment John Sunday said they had an anti-litter strategy designed to raise awareness of litter. Ahono set up a clean up committee.

The clean up initiative Committee vowed to reduce litter through education, maintenance and enforcement and is collecting statistics to measure its progress.

The team includes, officers drawn from various County Departments and will be charged with the task of driving the campaigns.

Additionally, the County also will maintain contact with the business community, Universities, churches and with land owners to help keep the areas clean.

So far, more than 45 business communities and real estate owners have jumped onboard, and pledged to join the Don’t trash Kisumu initiative.

Sunday said the exercise will revitalize community pride and create litter awareness.

The program was developed to include individuals, businesses, organizations, schools and City departments among others.

County secretary Humphrey Nakitare said he will be in charge of monthly audits of the clean up exercise.

“We want to ensure that Kisumu County emerges as the role  model in cleanliness,’’ he said.

 

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Kenya: Education officer lauds Mbakalo school head

Posted by African Press International on June 17, 2013

  • BY GODFREY WAMALWA, BUNGOMA

Ministry of Education and parents from Bungoma North district have lauded  Mbakalo High School administration for its positive performance posted in the last year national examinations.

Speaking during district education day at Mukuyuni Girls High School,Bungoma North Education officer Mr George Ogando noted that Mbakalo High school principal Mr Habil Maliga for his school emerging academic giants in the area in 2012 KCSE examination.

Mr. Maliga commitment towards his career saw the school lead in the district thus being awarded as the best principal in the district.

The education officer also challenged other school heads to work extra hard to improve performances in their various schools.

Meanwhile the Kenya National Union of Teachers KNUT led by the Executive Secretary of Bungoma East District Mr. Aggrey Namisi has revealed that the transfer of teachers in the area  has been influenced by political influence from the area Member of Parliament Alfred Sambu.

He condemned political influence in running of schools which he said leads to poor performance in the schools and called upon Sambu to leave the education sector to be run by the set authorities in-charge of education in the district.

The unionist also claimed  the transfer to be against the law which does not permit for middle of the year transfers of teachers and called for the relevant authorities involved in the transfer to withdraw it.

“Transfer of teachers are supposed to be done at the end of the year and not at the middle of the year and that in itself tells us just how this transfer is not well founded,” said Namisi.

However, District Education Officer Mrs. Immaculate Obare noted the risks involved in students walking on the roadsides in the name of demonstrations and called upon the students to be communicating their grievances through relevant channels in the schools before going out on the streets to demonstrate.

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