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Equity Afia opens 3 new medical centres in Lodwar,Marsabit and Thika Road increasing its coverage to 16 counties

All Equity Afia clinics have been established by alumni of the Equity Leaders Program (ELP) who have continuously shown commitment to driving value to their communities.

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Equity Afia Mountain Mall customer service Executive Gilbert Kieti takes a client through a medical services bronchure.PHOTO/Courtesy.

Equity Afia has opened three new medical centres in Lodwar, Marsabit and at Mountain Mall along Thika Road bringing the franchise’s network to 44.

Equity Group Foundation, using the Equity Afia franchise model, is focused on increasing access to affordable and high quality health services across Kenya in both urban and rural locations.

The unveiling of the new facilities underpins Equity Afia’s commitment to promote inclusivity through promoting access to quality healthcare.

Similar to all other Equity Afia medical centres, the three new facilities will be run by full-time medical doctors who are alumni of the Equity Leadership program and supported by accredited and certified clinical teams thus guaranteeing sustained and standardized high quality of care.

Commenting on the opening of the new medical centres, Equity Group Commercial Director Polycarp Igathe said that Equity Afia as an entity remains keen on expanding its network to reach all Kenyans through the provision of quality and affordable healthcare services wherever they are.

“Our goal as Equity Afia is to avail opportunities for all Kenyans to access world-class medical services at pocket-friendly costs regardless of their financial status and geographical locations. By increasing access to healthcare, Equity Afia is promoting proper health seeking behavior allowing communities to lead healthy lives.” said Igathe.

Located at Kanamkemer along Robert Junction on Catholic Road, Lodwar and Total Plaza in Marsabit, the two clinics are vantagely positioned to serve the agricultural and business communities within the two counties and are expected to improve the health seeking behaviour and outcomes for the residents.

This is through the provision of comprehensive primary care, increased vaccine coverage and improved access to specialized medical care services.

The Equity Afia medical model has adopted a combined, inclusive approach, allowing clients diverse options of making payment including cash and digital payment options, the use of NHIF and private insurance covers as well as the use of micro-medical insurance and informal health funds; thus positively influencing how Kenyans seek medical treatment and their perceptions about health and the healthcare system.

The newly opened Equity Afia clinics will offer comprehensive outpatient care in general consultation, specialized clinics, antenatal follow up and well-baby clinics, dental services, optical services, paediatric services and nutrition & wellness clinics , among others and supported by well-equipped laboratories and pharmacies stocked with both generic and branded medicine.

All Equity Afia clinics have been established by alumni of the Equity Leaders Program (ELP) who have continuously shown commitment to driving value to their communities.

So far, ELP has a database of slightly over 1,000 professionals and trainees within the medical field.

The Thika Road facility which now brings the total number of Equity Afia clinics within Nairobi to 15 is located on the second floor of  Mountain Mall building.

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Industrialist Shah receives 2021 Philanthropy Lifetime Award

The East Africa Philanthropy Network seeks to create awareness and a culture of philanthropy while inspiring emerging philanthropy leaders.

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Industrialist and philanthropist Mr Hirji Shah

Industrialist and philanthropist Mr Hirji Shah is the recipient of this year’s prestigious Philanthropy Lifetime Award at the East Africa Philanthropy Awards.

The award honours visionary leaders and philanthropists throughout the community doing extraordinary things to make East Africa a better place for the growth and development of Philanthropy.

Mr Shah serves in the Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA) Council as a representative of the Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE).

He is the chairperson of the Planning research, outreach and policy (PROP) Committee of the Council and a member of Human resource administration and finance (HRAF).

KNQA in a statement said it is proud to be associated with Mr Shah and that Mr Shah has over years promoted and grown a culture of giving in the society,

“The objective of the recognition goes beyond motivating individuals and organizations but also aims to highlight best practices and creativity in local philanthropy, “said Mr Evans Okinyi in his congratulation message to Mr Shah.

Mr Shah is a director of several companies, including Mabati Rolling Mills Limited, Comcraft Kenya Limited, Kaluworks Limited, Booth Extrusions Limited, Booth Fire Fighting Limited, Bahari Forwarders Limited, Bahari Insurance Brokers Limited, Kifaru Investments Limited, Juhudi Investments Limited and Juhudi Distributors Limited.

The East Africa Philanthropy Network seeks to create awareness and a culture of philanthropy while inspiring emerging philanthropy leaders.

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Nikama Ndrama: How pilot cop rescued minors from abductor

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Chief Inspector Justine Ouya

Two girls aged 3 and 4 were last evening rescued by a police officer from a man who had abducted them from their home and was ferrying them to an unknown destination.

The innocent angels had been lured from their home as they played by one Jackson Mutinda, 31, who was arrested at a shell petrol station along Langata road, as he walked with the girls to a yet to be established location.

Chief Inspector Justine Ouya, an aircraft engineer at the National Police Service Airwing, had just landed from a troops resupply mission and was walking along Langata road when she came across the man holding the two girls by their hands. They were walking with the minors towards Karen.

“After observing him and the little girls briefly, her intuition as a police officer coupled with her motherly instincts led her to be suspicious,” said the Directorate of Criminal Investigations in a Facebook post.

She immediately stopped the man and interrogated him. She also spoke to the minors and established that the man was not their father as he had alleged.

Chief Inspector Ouya immediately restrained the man and raised the duty officer based at Wilson Airport, who responded with a contingent of officers instantly.

After interrogating the abductor, it was discovered that he had lured the little angels from their home in Muthurwa, promising to buy them a soda. The officers immediately set off for Muthurwa, in search of the parents to the minors.

After a few hours, the distraught parents of the angels identified as Judy Nyakio and Teresia Njeri were finally traced, desperately looking for their missing girls.

As they were reunited with their beautiful angels, the two parents could not hold back tears of joy thanking God for the miracle of seeing their babies alive and the officers for bringing them back home.

“The suspect is currently in custody at Langata Police Station, being processed for arraignment on Child Trafficking charges,” stated the DCI.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations thanks C.I Ouya for going beyond the call of duty and rescuing the little angels from the jaws of their captor.

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ASALs counties declare formation of UPYA Movement ahead of 2022 polls

The UPYA movement will also be used as a tool to unite residents from ASAL areas to articulate a common political position and objectives for the 2022 elections, negotiate for greater socio-economic investment and development in the region.

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Leaders from ASALs counties addressing journalists in Naivasha.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Leaders from Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs) of Garissa, Isiolo, Lamu, Mandera, Marsabit, Samburu, Tana River, Turkana and Wajir have declared to rally behind new political formation UPYA Movement.

The leaders led by Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani met in Naivasha on Saturday to reflect together on the future of their region to give it a voice and political direction at the national level.

They raised concerns on the effects of the ongoing drought in ASALs
gravely affecting lives and livelihoods in the region.

“We appreciate the quick response directed by President Uhuru Kenyatta declaring the drought a national emergency, thereby mobilizing local and foreign response to respond to the dire situation” they stated.

While noting with concern that despite ASAL areas constituting a vast land mass with a multi-ethnic, multi-religious and culturally diverse population, the leaders argued that has suffered from political and socio-economic marginalisation over the years without a unified voice, and only being regarded as a ‘swing vote’ region.

It is for these reasons that the leaders vowed to use UPYA Movement to ensure unity in the area and that their voice is heard.

“Having learnt from our past mistakes, the time has come to chart a brave and brighter future for the ASAL regions which remain Kenya’s most promising.We pledge our loyalty to the current government as led by His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya and with whom we are working closely to resolve the immediate challenges affecting our regions.We declare that the UPYA movement will be the political platform at the national level speaking on behalf of the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands of Kenya. As an umbrella political platform, UPYA supports the revitalisation of 2-3 political parties in the region to guarantee the right of our people to participate in the 2022 general election” the said.

Under the new political formation,the leaders vowed to institutionalise and operationalise as as a viable coalition by establishing a functional governance structure from the national to the grassroots across the region.

The UPYA movement will also be used as a tool to unite residents from ASAL areas to articulate a common political position and objectives for the 2022 elections, negotiate for greater socio-economic investment and development in the region.

On the mass voter registration that the IEBC is planning to roll out in October 2021, the leaders called on IEBC to  assure the people of Northern Kenya that it has mechanisms to ensure every eligible citizen in the region is able to register despite the on-going drought.

The leaders also revealed that they wl work with like-minded leaders to unite towards a common agenda for the continued development of Arid and Semi-Arid Lands and the Republic of Kenya at large.

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