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County modernizes slaughterhouses to upscale capacity, enhance meat quality

At the same time, the County Government of Nakuru has embarked on a livestock vaccination drive against Foot and Mouth, Lumpy Skin Disease and Rabies to create disease-free zones

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The upcoming modern slaughterhouse at Mirera. Photo/Suleiman Mbatiah

The County Government of Nakuru has embarked on a program to renovate and modernize slaughterhouses in the region to upscale capacity and enhance food quality and safety measures.

The region has over 80 slaughterhouses but only 5 are managed by the County Government of Nakuru. The rest are owned and managed by businessmen and ranchers.

Chief Officer for Livestock and Fisheries, Dr Enos Amuyunzu said the move was also aimed at creating room for other essential amenities within central business districts in urban areas.

Chief Officer for Livestock and Fisheries, Dr Enos Amuyunzu. Photo/Suleiman Mbatiah

Dr Amuyunzu was speaking during an inspection tour of an upcoming Shs15 million modern slaughterhouse at Mirera in Hells Gate Ward, Naivasha sub-County.

The facility upon completion will accommodate butchers from the Naivasha Slaughterhouse near Buffalo Mall to pave way for the construction of 2,400 units of affordable houses.

Over 100 heads of cattle and over 200 small animals will be slaughtered per day. The County will also construct an auction yard in the vicinity to enhance livestock trade in the area.

Scope of work signage. Photo/Suleiman Mbatiah

The facility’s project implementation committee chairman, Mr John Ngigi said the project will create employment among local youth, who mostly depend on fishing activities.

At the same time, the County Government of Nakuru has embarked on a livestock vaccination drive against Foot and Mouth, Lumpy Skin Disease and Rabies to create disease-free zones.

The County is also mulling at establishing a tannery under the manufacturing and food security economic agenda to enrich the livestock sector value chain.

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CAS Linah Jebii calls on Kenyans to embrace Agriculture as white collar job

It will be recalled that in the year 2020, the county government of Nakuru started restocking Lakes Naivasha and Solai with tilapia and catfish fingerlings to curb the depletion of the fish species from the two water bodies

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Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Dr Linah Jebii Kilimo

Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Dr Linah Jebii Kilimo has called for the need to embrace Agriculture as a white-collar job.

Speaking in Nakuru on Monday, Dr Jebii noted that agriculture is the way to go as a country as it will give more job opportunities even for the youths in the country.

She revealed that the Ministry has commenced a program to re-stock fingerlings in some of the fishing lakes among them Lake Naivasha.

The CAS also adding that there are blue-collar jobs in the many opportunities in the Kenyan, rivers, Lakes and Ocean which should be maximized on.

“Let’s make agriculture a white-collar job and there is also the blue-collar in our oceans, lakes and rivers. We are headed t Naivasha where we have a program to re-stock the Lake Naivasha with fish fingerlings” she said.

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui lauding the CAS for the move stating that it will go long way in addressing challenges of food security but at the same time boost the economy through job creation.

It will be recalled that in the year 2020, the county government of Nakuru started restocking Lakes Naivasha and Solai with tilapia and catfish fingerlings to curb the depletion of the fish species from the two water bodies.

CAS Jebii who is also an ambassador when it comes to fighting Female Genital Mutilation(FGM) also used the opportunity to call on those still practising it FGM to shun and ensure girls are in school.

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Wanango sworn in as Lakeview MCA, meets Governor Lee

Majority Leader Moses Ndung’u lauded Wanango as a team leader who diligently steered the implementation committee chairman.

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Nakuru County assembly Majority leader Musa Ndung'u(LEFT) and newly sworn in Lakeview Ward MCA Simon Wanyoike Wanango addressing media at the county assembly of Nakuru on December 29, 2020 Wanango.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Mr Simon Wanyoike Wanango has been sworn in as the Member of the County Assembly for the Lakeview Ward.

He returns to the Assembly after 3 years through a by-election following the death of Mr Karanja Mburu in a road accident in April.

He said he would ensure development projects initiated by the late Mburu are completed as well initiate others.

“I am grateful to the people of Lakeview Ward for giving me another chance to transform lives through development,” said Mr Wanango.

Speaker Joel Maina Kairu asked Wanango to use the vast experience he has to better the lives of the people of Lakeview Ward.

“You join the House at a crucial time when the supplementary budget is being debated. Ensure Lakeview Ward benefits,” he said.

MCAs said his win under the little known New Young Democrats was a clear indication of democracy in Nakuru County

Majority Leader Mr Moses Ndung’u lauded Wanango as a team leader who diligently steered the implementation committee chairman.

Mr Wanango later met Governor Lee Kinyanjui at his Milimani Office where they took stock of the region’s development projects.

Sources privy to the meeting said the two prioritized on the settlement of Kihoto residents displaced by the swelling of Lake Naivasha.

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Equity Afia Clinics expand National footprint to 9 counties

So far, the 26 Equity Afia medical centres are distributed in 9 counties. 

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Equity Afia Imara Daima front office Representative Caroline Kariuki (Behind the desk)attends to a patient at the newly opened Imara Daima Medical Centre.PHOTO/Courtesy.

Equity Afia, the medical franchise of Equity Group Foundation, has opened three new medical centres in Naivasha,Kisumu and Imara in its quest to offer quality healthcare services to more Kenyans.

The opening of the three new clinics now brings the total number of centres within the Equity Afia umbrella to 26.

The three medical centres are located at strategic locations that are easily accessible by all.

Equity Afia Naivasha medical centre is located at Lemacy Building within Naivasha’s CBD and the Imara Daima medical centre is located at the Equity Afia Building, along Cosmas Ndeti Road.

In Kisumu, the new medical centre is located at Kondele Business Centre along the Kisumu-Kakamega Road.

The opening of the new centres is in pursuit of Equity Afia’s commitment to offering quality and affordable medical services to all Kenyans from all regions of the country thus furthering and supporting the country’s agenda towards Universal Health Coverage.

Commenting on the opening of the three new clinics, Equity Group Foundation Executive Director, Reuben Mbindu  said,  “From the onset, we have always envisioned that Equity Afia would grow to have a national reach in order to increase access to quality and affordable healthcare because a healthy nation is a productive nation.”

“Residents of  Naivasha, Kisumu and Imara Daima can now seek medical consultation at the Equity Afia medical centres, as well as enjoy a full range of comprehensive outpatient medical services at affordable costs. By increasing our outpatient outlets and offering affordable services, Equity Afia is promoting easy access thus increasing a positive health-seeking behaviour” added Mbindu.

So far, the 26 Equity Afia medical centres are distributed in 9 counties.

That is ten clinics in Nairobi County, six clinics in Kiambu County and three clinics in Kajiado County.

The clinics are situated in Mombasa County, Meru County, Kakamega County, Nyeri County and Kisumu County with each having one clinic respectively, while Nakuru has two clinics.

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