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Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui has reiterated the need for a better functional healthcare system.

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Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui at a past function.PHOTO/NGPU.
Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui has reiterated the need for a better functional healthcare system.
In his state of the county address speech, Kinyanjui noted that COVID-19 pandemic has taught Kenyans on the importance of having a functional healthcare system.
“The key lesson we have learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic is the importance of having functional healthcare systems” he stated.
The county boss revealing that one of his key agendas has been to improve health infrastructure through building of hospitals, equipping them and ensuring they are adequately staffed.
In line with this,the county has allocated Sh6.3 billion of the total budget to the health docket.
“We have done this by allocating over 32 per cent, amounting to Sh6.3 billion, of our total budget to healthcare financing every financial year” said Kinyanjui.
Kinyanjui also stating that the County Government of Nakuru has so far operationalized 13 new health facilities and 26 more are upcoming in various stages of construction.
And owing to the fact the Level 2 and 3 hospitals are the first stop of call when people fall ill,Kinyanjui said he has fulfilled part of his manifesto during the 2017 campaigns of building several health facilities to improve healthcare services across the County with over Shs.1 billion set aside for the infrastructural upgrade of health facilities that are now ongoing in various parts of the County.
“Currently, we have about 10 major hospitals under construction across the County” said Kinyanjui.
In Naivasha sub-County, the county government is constructing a Shs.300 million hospital in conjunction with the Kenya Electricity Generating Company.
This hospital will help to attend to occasional accidents victims on the Nakuru- Nairobi Highway as well as workers in the flower and hospitality sector in the region.
At the Nakuru Level 5 Hospital, the construction of a 4-storey outpatient
department at Shs.650 million is complete and equipping will begin any time soon.
“Maai Mahiu area is fast-growing because of the upcoming Naivasha Industrial Park, the Inland Container Depot and the Standard Gauge Railway. It is prudent that we match the development will quality healthcare service.We are therefore constructing a Shs160 million modern hospital in Maai Mahiu. The groundbreaking was done early this year and construction is ongoing” Kinyanjui noted.
Gilgil is not left behind,as the construction of Shs.40 million modern maternity is almost complete with a modern theatre at the hospital, which is fully operational.
A few weeks ago,the county  began the construction of a modern Level 4 facility at the Njoro Sub-County Hospital.
The Shs.157 million will cater for patients in Mau Narok, Mauche, Kihingo, Nesuit, Lare and Njoro.
There is also a construction of a modern outpatient facility at Taita Health Centre, Mauche Njoro Sub-County at Shs.25 million.
Kinyanjui also stated that the first phase of a modern 150-bed maternity wing at the Elburgon Hospital
in Molo Sub-County is almost complete with contractor now fitting and installing floors, windows, doors, electricity, water.
The Shs.40 million wing will also house theatres, laboratories, X-rays and ultrasound, pharmacy and essential maternity services.
And with an equipped  comprehensive theatre at the Elburgon Nyayo Ward
Hospital, there will be no referrals made to Nakuru Level 4 Hospitals
as the hospital will manage complex surgeries.
In, Molo,the county government is constructing a Sh200 million modern Level 4 hospital.
Once, complete, the facility will be critical in handling emergency cases on the Nakuru-Eldoret highway.
In Kuresoi South Sub-County, the construction of the Sh100 million Olenguruone hospital is taking shape.
The hospital will have a comprehensive outpatient unit, an administration block and a mother-child special clinic.
In Bahati Sub-County,a completed construction of the Sh30 million Githioro Health Center in Dondori Ward.
The facility is set to serve residents who previously had to travel to Nakuru Level 5 Hospital or other facilities for treatment.
In the war against Cancer, the county government of Nakuru is constructing a Radiology Center at the Nakuru
Level 5 Hospital.
The Shs.500 million facility is a partnership between the County Government of Nakuru and the National Government.
The facility will have modern brachytherapy, linac and CT Simulator machines to treat various forms of cancer.
The radiology centre will complement the Oncology Centre we opened in May 2018 that has since offered cancer management services, including chemotherapy to over 30,000 people.
Kinyanjui who addressed the county residents virtually due to COVID-19,also lauded the efficient service delivery in hospitals following the automated payment system in 19 facilities.
This he said has led to an increase of revenue collection in hospitals from Shs.400 million to over Shs.1 billion in the last three years.
“Payment for services at these hospitals are made through bank agents or M-Pesa to clear medical services bills, thus sealing loopholes. The revenue collected from these health facilities has been used in the
improvement of infrastructure mentioned earlier” he said.
The county government is also working through timely procurement
of medical supplies.
“We have enough stock of medical supplies across the County, mostly in major Level 4 hospitals, to ensure that there is no shortage” said Kinyanjui.
On human resource capacity in line with the ongoing infrastructural upgrade in hospitals, the county government has employed over
500 additional healthcare workers who include registered nurses,paramedics,
physiotherapists, radiographers, clinical officers, public health officers and ambulance operators.

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List of newly elected MCAs in Nakuru County

The following are the Nakuru County elected MCAs following the 9th August General elections. The United Democratic Alliance party (UDA) got the most number of seats at 39

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The new County Asssembly of Nakuru chambers

The following are the Nakuru County elected MCAs following the 9th August General elections. The United Democratic Alliance party (UDA) got the most number of seats at 39. The Jubilee party managed 6 seats, while the Safina party won 1 seat. Seven of the MCAs were elected as independent candidates. Out of the 55 elected MCAs, 8 are women.

Naivasha Constituency MCAs 2022

  1. Maiella – Gituku Jane Wanjiru (UDA)
  2. 2. Naivasha East – Stanley Karanja (UDA)
  3. 3. Maai Mahiu – Eliud Kamau Chege (UDA)
  4. 4. Biashara – Elijah Mwaura (UDA)
  5. 5. Viwandani – Mwangi Muraya (UDA)
  6. 6. Lakeview – Alex Mbugua (UDA)
  7. 7. Hellsgate – Virginia Gichanga (Jubilee)
  8. 8. Ol’Karia – Peter Wanjala Palang’a (ODM)

Gilgil Constituency MCAs 2022

  1. 9. Gilgil – Rose Njoroge (UDA)
  2. 10. Malewa – Francis Mungai Kuria (UDA)
  3. 11. Eburru Baruk – Michael Gathanwa (UDA)
  4. 12. Elementaita – George Nene (Safina)
  5. 13. Morendat – Peter Njoroge (UDA)

Subukia Constituency MCAs 2022

  1. 14. Subukia – Isabella Makori (UDA)
  2. 15. Waseges – Elijah Murage (Independent)
  3. 16. Kabazi – George Talam (UDA)

Bahati Constituency MCAs 2022

  1. 17. Bahati – Grace Mwathi (UDA)
  2. 18. Kabatini – Leah Ng’ang’a (Independent)
  3. 19. Kiamaina – Paul Waweru Warege (Ka Wambui) (UDA)
  4. 20. Dundori – James Gathuita Mwangi (UDA)
  5. 21. Lanet Umoja -Mwangi Ngarama (UDA)

Nakuru Town East Constituency MCAs 2022

  1. 22. Nakuru East – Anthony Kamau (UDA)
  2. 23. Menengai – Wilson Mwangi (Jubilee)
  3. 24. Flamingo – David Kihumba Muraya (Independent)
  4. 25. Biashara – Fadhili Msuri (UDA)
  5. 26. Kivumbini – Neto Sakwa Alukutsa (Independent)

Nakuru Town West Constituency MCAs 2022

  1. 27. Rhoda – John Macharia (UDA)
  2. 28. London – Benard Gattuso (Jubilee)
  3. 29. Barut – Ben Kirui (UDA)
  4. 30. Kapkures – Robert Ruto (UDA)
  5. 31. Kaptembwa – Peter Kanjwang’ (ODM)
  6. 32. Shabaab – Macharia Wathiai (UDA)

Rongai Constituency MCAs 2022

  1. 33.Solai – Nixon Morogo (Independent)
  2. 34. Soin – Ellibas Naburuki (Degualle) (UDA)
  3. 35. Mosop – Dr. Alex Lang’at (UDA)
  4. 36. Menengai West – Isaac Kiptisya Rottok (UDA)
  5. 37. Visoi – Hellen Chemutai (UDA)

Njoro Constituency MCAs 2022

  1. 38. Njoro – Hezy Ndung’u (Independent)
  2. 39. Nessuit – Samuel Tonui (UDA)
  3. 40. Mauche – Moses Koros (UDA)
  4. 41. Mau Narok – Cyrus Dida (UDA)
  5. 42. Kihingo – Simon Kamau Karanja (Jubilee)
  6. 43. Lare – Phillip Wanjohi (Jubilee)

Molo Constituency MCAs 2022

  1. 44. Molo – Joseph Ngware (UDA)
  2. 45. Marioshoni – Ben Lang’at (UDA)
  3. 46. Elburgon – David Njuguna (Independent)
  4. 47. Turi – John Mwangi Macharia (Jubilee)

Kuresoi South Constituency MCAs 2022

  1. 48. Keringet – William Mutai (UDA)
  2. 49. Tinet – Paul Lang’at Alvin (Drilit) (UDA)
  3. 51. Kiptangich – Rose Mutai (UDA)
  4. 52. Amalo – Robert Lang’at (UDA)

Kuresoi North Constituency UDA MCA nominees

  1. 53. Sirikwa – Emmanuel Lang’at (UDA)
  2. 54. Kamara – Joseph Kipng’etich (Chemutwet) (UDA)
  3. 55. Kiptororo – Alex Bor (Kipyek) (UDA)

 

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Nakuru to host World Bee Day celebrations

The Apimondia Regional Commission (ARC) President, Mr David Mukomana, in a statement, said the three-day program will include technical tours to see beekeeping within Nakuru County and any other areas, exhibitions, seminars and the actual celebrations.

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Bees on a honey comb

Nakuru City will this year host the Regional World Bee Day (WBD) celebrations from the 18th – to the 20th of May 2022.

The yearly event is commemorated to raise awareness about the importance of bees and other pollinators for humanity in food security, global hunger eradication, and environmental and biodiversity conservation.

Under the theme; “Bee engaged: Celebrating the contribution of bees to the environment, food security and income generation to mankind.”

The forum will share knowledge from across the world, and draw the attention of the public and decision-makers to the importance of protecting bees as well as halting the further loss of biodiversity and degradation of ecosystems following the Paris Agreement.

FAO estimates that bees contribute to the pollination of food worth between $ 235 and $ 580 billion every year and that their decline continues to strain food systems.

Intensive farming practices, excessive use of agrochemicals, habitat loss, and adverse effects of climate among other issues have been identified as key hindrances causing the depopulation of bees and loss of colonies.

With such challenges, there is a need to come up with solutions that are resistive to the increasing bee population globally.

According to FAO, Kenya ranks third in Africa after Tanzania which is the largest producer of honey and produces approximately 31,405 tonnes annually while Angola ranks second producing about 23,500 tonnes annually.

As of 2020, Kenya’s production of honey was at 17,801 tonnes, up from 13,877 tonnes the previous year, this is a change of 28.28%.

Speaking during a past apiculture stakeholders’ workshop, State Department for Livestock Production Principal Secretary, Mr Harry Kimtai, expressed concern that new pests and farm pesticides have hit colonies hard.

“We’re collaborating with devolved units to halt the alarming depletion of bee colonies. Bee colony multiplication initiatives include capacity building, beekeeping equipment distribution, and bee bulking,” revealed PS Kimtai.

Despite the potential of honey production and the benefits of apicultural activity, very little income accrues from the activity.

The government in its progress, in the Big Four Agenda on 100% food and nutrition security, is committed to enhancing honey production from 25,000 tonnes to 38,000 tonnes by the year 2022.

Beekeeping offers an alternative source of livelihood and protects biodiversity and should ideally be established away from human interaction with enough bee forage and all-year-round availability of water to provide favourable conditions for beekeeping.

Nakuru County Executive Committee Member for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Dr Immaculate Maina, says that, ‘’bees have become increasingly endangered with one million species facing extinction. Thus, beekeeping should be embraced as an alternative environmentally friendly income-earning enterprise.”

‘’We hope that by hosting this event, we will be able to proactively assist in the opening up of our county by giving marketing opportunities and investment prospects in the apiculture industry,” Dr Maina noted.

“We also anticipate important topics discussed during the three-day forum, such as the role of women in the sector as those most affected by climate change, solutions to save our bee species from extinction, and how we can continue to rely on pollinators to save us from the current climate crisis,” she concluded.

Acting CEO of the Apiculture Platform of Kenya (APK), Mr Frederick Otieno Odera, says that beekeeping has significant potential in Africa to improve rural incomes and diversify livelihoods.

“We hope the commemoration of the National World Bee Day will showcase new technologies and sustainable measures from across the world in the apiculture industry and provide sustainable solutions to save our bees in the current climate crisis,” said Otieno.

The Apimondia Regional Commission (ARC) President, Mr David Mukomana, in a statement, said the three-day program will include technical tours to see beekeeping within Nakuru County and any other areas, exhibitions, seminars and the actual celebrations.

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Governor Kinyanjui drops deputy, picks Kamuren as running mate

The county is a cosmopolitan city and was the headquarters of the Rift Valley province under the old Constitution.

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Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui has dropped his Deputy of five years and named a woman running mate ahead of the August 2022 polls.

Kinyanjui, who is gunning for a second and final term in office, dropped Dr Eric Kipkoech in favour of Ms Franciscar Jelagat Kamuren.

He explained that Kamuren, 47, is an accomplished grassroots mobilizer with a strong passion for community development and was picked after wide consultation.

“Äfter long consultations with diverse stakeholders, I have decided to appoint Ms Franciscar Jelagat Kamuren as running mate for my second term bid,” Kinyanjui said.

The nominee holds a Masters’s degree in linguistics from Egerton University and has served in various capacities.

The governor is seeking to defend his seat via the ruling Jubilee party ticket under the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition.

He is however facing stiff competition from the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) candidate Susan Kihika, who is the current Senator for Nakuru and his appointment is seen as a tactic to woo the women vote.

His announcement comes hours after Kihika unveiled her running mate in a press conference from Nakuru.

Kihika picked David Kones as the man to deputize her after an interview that attracted half a dozen candidates.

The senator, who is a staunch supporter of Deputy President William Ruto was handed a direct ticket.

Nakuru is among the largest counties in Kenya and was recently conferred city status by President Uhuru Kenyatta, making it the fourth city in Kenya after Nairobi, Mombasa, and Kisumu.

The county is a cosmopolitan city and was the headquarters of the Rift Valley province under the old Constitution.

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