Patients benefit from the ongoing 2 day free eye medical camp at PGH

At least 90 patients have undergone the corrective eye cataract surgery at Nakuru Referral Hospital on Day 2 of the free eye medical camp in the hospital’s eye unit.

During a tour of the center this morning, Governor Lee Kinyanjui noted that the doctors hope to attend to 300 patients by Friday.

“I’d like to thank our partners from Spain and USA who have brought in doctors and volunteers to assist in this activity. This partnership is a product of the trip that we made to the USA early this year,” the Governor said.

He further stated that there is a large population of Nakuru residents who suffer from various eye conditions, hence the need to make this eye medical camp an annual event.

“The County Government is also working towards upgrading this eye clinic by purchasing modern equipment to make the center a one-stop shop for all eye problems” he added.

The head of the team, Dr. Dashanaba King from Amrita Center thanked the County Government for the support they have been accorded so far.

According to Dr. Isabel Siones from Spain, some of the common eye problems is eye cataracts, especially in elderly persons.

“We check their eyes and prescribe the right lens for each patient before we give them sunglasses,” Dr. Siones said.

She added that the team will be back after three months to distribute reading glasses to the patients.

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Governor Lee launches County-KWS partnership to market Lake Nakuru in a 100 days initiative

The Kenya Wildlife Service in partnership with the County Government has launched a Rapid Results Initiative to market Lake Nakuru National Park for the next 100 days.While launching this initiative, Governor Lee Kinyanjui commended the efforts of the wardens and Kenya Wildlife Service staff in restoring the glory of Lake Nakuru and assured them of the County Government’s commitment to support this effort.

“The beauty and diversity of Lake Nakuru National Park is undisputed despite the challenges that the park is currently facing,” the Governor noted.
He added that the initiative to have an open day for visitors into the Park this Sunday will enhance ownership of the park by residents and all Kenyans.
“The park has other unique features apart from flamingos, which include lions that climb trees and different bird species,” he added.The County boss also noted the importance of the upcoming airport set to be constructed in Lanet.

“We continue to push for the construction of an airport that will open up the Park to more visitors.”
On solid waste management, the Governor said the County Government has received funding from KfW that will help to separate the sewer and storm water systems.

He further urged the KWS to create an animal corridor from Naivasha to Nakuru that will create a free space for the wild animals to move.
According to KWS Director General Brg (Rt) John Waweru, there is still room to restore Lake Nakuru into its former glory.

“Although the flamingoes have fled from the lake, we still have a vibrant park that offers a variety of wild animals and various bird species,” Brg Waweru noted.
He confirmed that the anthrax outbreak reported early this year in the park is under control adding that the last death was recorded on May 10.
“145 buffaloes died out of the 4,100 present which was 3.45 percent of the total population,” Brg Waweru said.

He quickly added that KWS was however on high alert incase of another outbreak and that they have also come up with long term measures to mitigate this problem.

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County marks one year since oncology centre was opened

As the County Government marked one year since the Oncology center was set up today, cancer victims expressed their gratitude to the services offered in the facility. So far, 15,000 cancer patients have visited the center for various services including surgical procedures and chemotherapy sessions.

One such person is Jossey Ibrahim who was diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma in November last year and has since been getting treatment at the Nakuru Referral hospital. “When I came here, I found people who accepted me and taught me how to deal with cancer. I even later joined the staff at the center to help with other patients,” said Ibrahim.

The center has two support groups where survivors are able to share their stories and get the much needed psycho social support.
Despite this support, Ibrahim still needs to travel to Kenyatta hospital in Nairobi for radiotherapy sessions.

“I have done six cycles of chemotherapy and just started radiotherapy. It is expensive to travel to Nairobi and seek accommodation every time,” he noted.
According the medical superintendent Mr Joseph Mburu, this challenge will soon be a thing of the past as the County gears up to build a radiotherapy bunker at the hospital. The 500 million project will make the Oncology center a one stop shop in matters of cancer treatment.

“This bunker will change the landscape of health services through improvement of infrastructure and human resources,” Dr Mburu said during the event.
He further thanked the County Government under the leadership of Governor Lee Kinyanjui for the support accorded to the fulfillment of this project.
While agreeing with his sentiments, Health CEC Dr Kariuki Gichuki said so far 3,372 patients have visited the center for reviews, 2,187 at the outpatient, 1,199 have undergone surgical procedures,5,780 for counseling and 335 admitted to the hospital.

“We started with 10 chemotherapy seats but now we have 20 for both the pediatric and the adults,” said Dr Gichuki.
He noted that the completion of the radiotherapy bunker will make Nakuru the 3rd town to offer this facility in Kenya after Nairobi and Eldoret counties.
At the same time, the hospital organized screening for non communicable diseases including breast cancer, cervical cancer, prostate cancer, diabetes and kidney failure.

“These services will be offered for free every last Friday of the month. However, they will be available every day in all the level 4 and level 5 facilities across the County,” Dr Gichuki said.

Agriculture CEC Dr Immaculate Maina who was also present noted a correlation between nutrition and health, adding that her office would liaise with the Health department to enhance cancer awareness during farmer field days.

“We invite you (health officials) to hold screening during our field days as this provides an opportunity to reach people in the farthest corners of Nakuru County,” Dr Maina said.

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County Allocates Sh 40 Million For Gilgil Sub County Hospital Upgrade

The County Government of Nakuru has allocated Kshs40 million for the upgrade of the maternity wing of the Gilgil General and Psychiatric Hospital.

As a result of the funding the Hospital will also be able to cater for road crash emergencies on the busy Nairobi -Nakuru highway.

Governor Lee Kinyanjui, who officially opened a theatre at the hospital, said it will ensure that residents will not have to travel to Nakuru or Naivasha towns for specialized medical care.

So far 26 ceasarean and 4 other surgeries have been done at the facility.

The mental hospital has been operating since 1965 and the facility caters for 87 Male and Female patients.

Some of the patients have been abandoned by their families and were transferred to the facility from Mathare.

The mental unit plays an important role at easing the congestion at Mathare Teaching and Referral Hospital in Nairobi.

The Governor,who was accompanied by Health Secretary Sicily Kariuki urged the National Government to help expand the facility.

The CS said her ministry will assist procure drugs for the Gilgil psychiatric facility and also send a technical team to assess the hospital with a view of expanding it.

The team will also evaluate the possibility of constructing a Kenya Medical Training College(KMTC) as the hospital sits on a 60-acre piece of land.

The Cabinet Secretary said the Country cannot realise Universal Health Care without addressing mental health.

The CS promised to give mental health special attention and help Nakuru develop a County mental plan.

The Governor was also accompanied by Deputy Governor Dr. Erick Korir, Gilgil MP Martha Wangare, Olkalou MP David Kiaraho, Health CECM Dr. Kariuki Gichuki, Education CECM Joseph Kiuna, a host of MCAs and County officials.

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Governor Lee distributes 700 chairs and tables to Gilgil ECDs

Children joining school need a conducive learning environment, as this forms the foundation of their education.

Today afternoon, Governor Lee Kinyanjui distributed 648 chairs and 108 tables to 18 ECD schools in Gilgil Sub-County.

He said the County’s target is to ensure 6,419 pupils in ECDs across the county are sitting comfortably in their classrooms.

“We will introduce school feeding uji program to ensure pupils get nutritious meals, clean water, child friendly toilets and hand washing facilities,” he said.

Other programs the County has for ECDs include:

->Construction of 350 ECD classrooms by end of this financial year

->Employment of more ECD teachers. So far the County has employed 266 teachers.

->Proposed Kshs524million budget allocation towards ECDs in the next financial year.

Bursary: The County Government will have distributed bursary worth Kshs 130million by the end of this financial year. So far, the County has released Kshs55 million in the 1st tranche, 65million in the 2nd tranche to wards and Kshs15million Governor’s kitty.

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Governor Lee issues 6500 titles to Gilgil residents

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui has urged residents to embrace Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanism to address the numerous land wrangles that have hindered residents from acquiring title deeds.

As part of his promise to address the land question the Governor recently issued over 7,000 title deeds to Naivasha residents and today issued 6,500 land ownership documents to residents of Gilgil Sub-County.

“We are happy to hand over the title deeds to Gilgil residents today, especially the elderly, who had almost lost hope of getting the titles,”he said

He said the County Government is working to ensure land buying companies and urban centres are also issued with title deeds.

Residents who have received the important documents will now be able to access funds through loans and this will spur development.

The issuance of the crucial document also puts to rest fears by some of the investors on the security of their properties.

Most cases in Nakuru courts are land related and the County Government in partnership with the national Government has come up with various mechanisms to tackle the historical problem.

” I call upon all Nakuru residents to take advantage of the titling program by registering in Sub-County offices,”he said

Under the program 100,000 title deeds will be issued to Nakuru residents by July this year.

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A collaboration for the enhancement of gender mainstreaming in the Nakuru County governance process

Nakuru, Kenya Friday, 10 May 2019 – The Directorate of Gender and Culture has reaffirmed its collaboration with the National Gender and Equality Commission (NGEC) in promoting programs for gender equality and non-discrimination in Nakuru County.

This reassurance was made when NGEC Commission Secretary Betty Nyabuto and a number of her staff paid a courtesy call to Tume Abduba, the Nakuru County Chief Officer for Gender, Culture and Social Services at her offices in the Rift Valley Regional Commissioner Office Block on Friday.

The Chief Officer appreciated the National Gender and Equality Commission for being one of the most valued partners that the county directorate responsible for gender works with to actualize its mandate which is to promote gender equality, women and girl’s empowerment.

County GBV Technical Working Group
‘We have a County GBV Technical Working Group made up of both state and non-state actors whose main mandate is prevention and response to sexual and gender based violence in the county through activities such as linkages, referrals and follow up of cases: activities which NGEC is intricately involved in’, said Tume.
Adding that already, with the help of NGEC and other partners, the County GBV Technical Working group has been cascaded down to the sub-counties in form of clusters, with nine clusters having already been formed in Naivasha, Gilgil, Nakuru Town east, Nakuru Town west, Njoro, Molo, Kuresoi north, Kuresoi south and Bahati.

Gender Directorate Core Programs
The Director of Gender and Culture Alice Gekonde and her Deputy Selina Nkatha highlighted the following as the main programs of the department: women economic empowerment, fostering of women in leadership and participation in decision making, sexual and reproduction health as well as response to prevention and response to sexual and gender based violence.
They also noted that the Directorate with the support of partners has conducted a county gender audit which is being used as a baseline in the drafting of the county policy and is in the process of building a gender based violence rescue centre at Gilgil Sub-County Hospital.
The Directorate is currently in the process of drafting a county gender policy, already having formed a technical working group to undertake this; working with the assembly to revive the gender bill which had previously gone as far as the second reading.

Upcoming Programs
There are also upcoming programs that are targeted at raising awareness on what gender issues entail and their effects on the society. Village loaning and saving program aimed at empowering both women and men.
Re-greening of Nakuru County with the involvement of at least one women group per ward. Saving the boy child through crime intervention programs in low income settlement areas in Biashara, Flamingo, Kivumbini and Nakuru East Wards.
The Directorate is also seeking a partnership with Egerton University’s Institute of Women, Gender and Development studies mainly for gender appraisals to inform policies and programs.

Technical Support
On her part, National Gender and Equality Commission Secretary Betty Nyabuto assured the County Officers that her commission is ready to give it assistance to the county gender directorate to ensures it does gender mainstreaming across the board.
‘Nakuru being one of the five counties where NGEC has a regional office, we are willing to ensure that the regional office plugs in with the County Directorate of Gender, providing technical support for gender responsive planning and budgeting’, said Betty.
Areas of Collaboration

The commission is also in a position to provide guidance on conceptualization, drafting and implementation of laws and policies that enhance equality and non-discrimination on gender and women; youth and children; people living with disabilities (PwDs); marginalized and minority.
The secretary noted that based on this, NGEC well positioned to help the department in the drafting of the county gender policy, capacity building for the Sub-County GBV Clusters, and execution of Boy-Child-focused programs having done a Rapid Assessment of Boy Child in Kenya. Some of the recommendations in this study have been made to County Governments.

The Deputy Director Directorate of Gender assured the meeting that NGEC –Nakuru Regional Office is among the five stakeholders in the policy drafting taskforce and is also undertaking a program focused on uplifting the welfare of the boy child.

The Commission Secretary Betty Nyabuto handed over the Legislative Handbook on Principles of Equality and Non-Discrimination to the County Chief Officer responsible for Gender Tume Abduba who in turn handed over some Information, Communication and Education Materials to the commission’s secretary.
During the courtesy call, the NGEC Secretary was flanked by Director of Programmes and Research Paul Kuria among other staff from headquarters and Nakuru Regional Office.

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Trade department to formulate policies in sports tourism

Ag.Director Tourism Mr. Dominic Saitoti has commended the efforts of tour operators in the County in marketing the services offered by players in the hospitality sector.

Speaking today during the issuance of certificates to registered Tour Operators in the County, Mr Saitoti said the Department of Tourism is in the process of formulating a Data Base that will contain all the tourist sites and record the number of people who visit them.

With the growth of businesses in Nakuru County, the demand for conference halls has increased dramatically.

According to Jumia Travel app, Naivasha and Nakuru took up to 17% of international visitors who visited the country in 2017 for business purposes.

In the area of sports Tourism, it is no secret that Nakuru is the home of some great athletes.

This fact has prompted the County Government to initiate an ambitious program to promote the county as a leading sports tourism destination.

Sports tourism is an emergent sector of the global travel industry equating to Ksh 60.7 trillion a year.

With Nakuru having the highest number of golf courses and drive ranges in the country, Governor Lee has called upon youth to get into sports for sustainability.

In partnership with the Kenya Tourism Board, the Department is also formulating policies in promoting sports tourism attracting sports fanatics with its range of national and international sporting events.

With Afraha stadium set for refurbishment and the construction of new facilities like an athletic track, swimming pools, gymnasium, basketball courts and a modern football pitch, Nakuru has set its path as a Tourism destination of choice.

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20 acres of land acquired for ultramodern Keringet athletic camp

The County Government has acquired 20 acres of land for the construction of the ultramodern Keringet Athletic camp that will cost Sh 70 million.

Speaking during the launch of the Governor’s Sports Tournament at Afraha Stadium, Governor Lee Kinyanjui said the camp will be used by junior athletes who seek to improve their skills.

He noted the undisputed talent among youth in Nakuru County adding that the facility will support such talents and take the athletes to the world stage.

“The sports economy is rapidly growing across the world and we have the potential to be ranked among the best counties in sports,” the Governor said.

At the same time, the Governor said the countywide tournament was meant to engage the youth and make sure they are not involved in alcohol and drug abuse among other ills.

He added that sports have been used to ease tension in the past where different communities who were at war have been brought together.

“In times of conflict, we have used sports to bring unity among the disagreeing communities which is proof that sports are a powerful tool,” the county boss said.

In his speech, the Deputy Governor Dr Eric Korir noted that ball games have been neglected in the past and asked the relevant officials to look into the matter.

The acting Sports and Gender CEC Dr Peter Ketyenya also reiterated the support of the county to the youth in sports.

He further noted that the upgrade of Afraha Stadium that is set to start in August will make room for more games including indoor games that have not been undertaken in the County.

According to the Sports Chief Officer Mr Peter Mwaura, the tournament will involve 828 teams across the county with 550 teams participating in soccer, 275 in volleyball and three teams in sitting volleyball.

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County allocates Sh20m for construction of Njoro dumpsite

The County Government has allocated Kshs.20 million for construction of a dumpsite in Njoro town.

Governor Lee Kinyanjui, on a tour of Njoro today said another Kshs.10 million has been allocated for the rehabilitation of the market.

The Governor also launched the construction of Njoro Town shops frontage road.

The completion of the road will allow ease of access to the market by traders and buyers.

Njoro market will also benefit from the street lighting program and parking space for customers.

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