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Equity Afia opens second clinic in Murang’a

Other than offering treatment, Equity Afia as a franchise has invested in preventative healthcare by offering clients and the general public advisory services and creating time and resources for community health development programmes such as medical camps and the training of various groups such as teachers, child care givers and corporate institutions among others.

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Equity Group Board Chairman Prof.Isaac Macharia (left) cuts the ribbon to mark the official opening of Equity Afia Murang'a Medical centre.Looking on is Equity Group Foundation General Manager Health Gilbert Muriithi (2nd left), Equity Afia Murang'a Consultant in charge Dr.Amos Wairegi(2nd right) and Equity Group Foundation Executive Director Reuben Mbindu(right).PHOTO/Courtesy.

Equity Afia, the medical franchise of Equity Group Foundation (EGF) has opened a new medical centre in Muranga County, bringing the total number of outlets within its concession to 36.

This will be the second clinic in Muranga county after Equity Afia Kenol that will serve residents from Muranga and its surrounding environs.

The new medical centre which is located at ECN Building along Uhuru Street and managed by a qualified Consultant In-charge will offer residents a wide range of quality and affordable healthcare services including but not limited to; general consultation, dental services, optical services, dermatological services, paediatric services, nutrition services, specialised care in obstetrics and gynaecology and wellness services.

Speaking during the opening of the facility, Equity Group Board Chairman Professor Isaac Macharia noted that the opening of the Muranga franchise is part of a larger strategic plan that will see Equity Afia provide easy access to quality healthcare in the country.

“The Equity Afia network of clinics have been established with the sole purpose of taking healthcare services to the doorsteps of Kenyans. Equity Afia is offering quality care at affordable costs making it easy for you and me to see a doctor, get tests done and get treatment without having to travel far,” said Professor Macharia.

“EGF’s vision is to transform lives and livelihoods through its various social impact programmes. We understand that the cost of seeking treatment in Kenya and across the globe can be quite high thus affecting household incomes in many homes. With Equity Afia, more Kenyans will have access to affordable treatment whether they are paying for services using NHIF, other private insurances or from their pockets.” added Professor Macharia.

The Equity Afia franchise of medical centres have been established by alumni of the Equity Leaders Program (ELP) who have trained in the medical field and use the program to inspire each other, share ideas on how to grow and improve the franchise but most of all contribute to giving back to society by offering their skills and knowledge for the greater good of the community.

Other than offering treatment, Equity Afia as a franchise has invested in preventative healthcare by offering clients and the general public advisory services and creating time and resources for community health development programmes such as medical camps and the training of various groups such as teachers, child care givers and corporate institutions among others.

Equity Afia is now closer to the people of Muranga and we commit to offer best of class services and at affordable costs thus promoting a positive health seeking behaviour amongst the population. We are open Monday to Saturday and we look forward to becoming your caring health partner.” said Dr. Amos Wairegi, Consultant In-charge Equity Afia Muranga.

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Senior UK military officers to tour Kenya over 2012 murder coverup near British army base

In 2012, the UK’s Special Investigation Branch carried out initial enquiries in Kenya, including providing information about British personnel to Kenyan police.

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The late Agnes Wanjiru. Photo/Courtesy

Senior United Kingdom military officers will be visiting Kenya in the coming weeks to look into a possible coverup of a murder case involving a Kenyan woman and British soldiers.

The body of 21-year-old Agnes Wanjiru was found at the Lions Court Hotel in Nanyuki town, Laikipia County two months after she disappeared in March 2012.

The identity of the British soldier who allegedly stabbed the woman to death before dumping her body in a hotel septic tank is widely known in the army, but no action has ever been taken against him.

A fellow soldier had gone to the “proper people” immediately after hearing a squaddie confess to the killing but said he was told to “shut up” when he reported it and no action was taken.

British High Commissioner to Kenya, Jane Marriott in a statement said the UK was fully cooperating with the investigation and will help in any way it could.

In 2012, she said, the UK’s Special Investigation Branch carried out initial enquiries in Kenya, including providing information about British personnel to Kenyan police.

While expressing outrage and concern about the tragic death, the High Commissioner said no further investigation requests were made by Kenyan authorities at that time.

“Following the conclusion of a Kenyan inquest in 2019, we understand that the Kenyan authorities are looking into the murder. We will support that Kenyan police investigation,” she noted.

She emphasized that the conduct of the UK military in Kenya is incredibly important in enhancing bilateral relations but where there are issues, the UK have and would address them.

However, an inquest was held in Kenya in 2019 in which a judge ruled the mother was ‘murdered by British soldiers’ but no subsequent action was taken by the army.

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Kenya to begin repackaging human vaccines by April 2022

Today, the President said he was pleased to confirm to the nation that Kenya was on course to realize this target. As of today, over 5 million adults have been inoculated.

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Kenya will have the capacity to repackage the COVID-19 vaccine by early next year, President Uhuru Kenya has announced adding that the pandemic had taught the country the essence of self-reliance.

In May, the Ministry of Health said talks were underway with the Oxford AstraZeneca manufacturers to enable the importation of large quantities for repackaging in vials.

In his Mashujaa Day address earlier today at Wang’uru Stadium in Kirinyaga County, the President directed the Ministry of Health to fast-track the vaccine production capacity process.

“As the first step towards this goal, we have established a company to facilitate this venture in the name of Kenya Biovax Limited,” he stated saying the form and fill rollout by Easter of 2022.

The country aims to have a fully-fledged human vaccine manufacturing capability by 2024, the National Covid-19 Vaccine Deployment Plan from the Ministry of Health shows.

On June 29, 2021, during his Sixteenth Address on the COVID-19 Pandemic, the President pledged to the nation that by Christmas this year over 10 million adults would have been vaccinated.

Today, the President said he was pleased to confirm to the nation that Kenya was on course to realize this target. As of today, over 5 million adults have been inoculated.

He said compliance to Ministry of Health protocols has seen new infections decline over the last two weeks, as characterized by the positivity rate of below 5 per cent over this period.

“It is, however, important for all of us to appreciate that we are not yet out of the woods. We must, therefore, continue to observe the containment measures as directed by the MoH,” he noted.

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President Uhuru: Why COVID-19 pandemic is a ‘blessing in disguise’

He said the strategic diagnostic investments have strengthened the country’s healthcare system especially in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about unprecedented transformations in the country’s health sector, President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced.

He said the transformation is probably one of the most phenomenal testimonies of how Kenya transformed COVID-19 obstacles into opportunities that improved the health sector.

He said one of the unintended benefits of the pandemic is the increase of intensive care unit bed capacity from 108 to 651 ICU ready beds, an impressive 502 per cent.

“Similarly, our total hospital bed capacity as a country has increased by 47 per cent from 56,069 in 2013 to the current figure of 82,291 hospital beds spread throughout the country,” he noted.

While highlighting key achievements during Mashujaa Day celebrations in Kirinyaga County, the President also said the country has improved oxygen production capacity significantly.

The President reported that public health facilities can now produce over 32 million litters of medical Oxygen per day, up from 3 million litres per day in March 2020.

On testing capacity, he said the country in March 2020 only had one referencing laboratory to test notifiable diseases of international concern but now boosts of 95 such labs.

“Let me remind you that at the beginning of the pandemic early last year, we used to ship our samples for testing in South Africa and the results turnaround time would be anything from 5 days onwards,” he stated.

He said the strategic diagnostic investments have strengthened the country’s healthcare system especially in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It will propel us faster towards the attainment of UHC and fortify our country’s preparedness for future global health security challenges,” he stated.

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