Kirinyaga Intensifies Cholera Prevention Campaign

The County Government of Kirinyaga has intensified campaign against the spread of cholera, following detection of sporadic cases in Ndia Constituency.

The campaign that includes sensitization of the residents through Public Barazas, health education in schools and use of public address systems in urban centers and villages, is aimed at informing the public on the importance of protecting themselves against the disease.

Speaking during a sensitization forum at Ndia Technical and Vocational College, the County Executive Committee (CEC) Member of Health, George Karoki, said that seven cases have in the course of the month, been detected within the County.

He said that out of the cases, one person has been treated and discharged, while two others are in stable condition, as they undergo treatment at the Sagana Sub-County Hospital.

The other four are being observed, awaiting the results of their laboratory tests.

Karoki noted that cases of cholera, which is a highly contagious disease, have been on the rise in many counties in the recent past, necessitating sustained public action on its prevention and control.

He said that the campaign is a multiagency initiative that incorporates the National Government Administration and the Ministry of education.

The County Government is also giving aqua tabs, to enable vulnerable households in the affected areas to treat their drinking water and at the same time giving protective prophylaxis treatment, to people who have had close contact with cholera patients.

Some of the cholera symptoms that the community has been advised to look out for include watery diarrhoea, vomiting, nausea and lethargy, for which they should immediately visit a health facility.

Karoki noted that the disease can be fatal since it leads to dehydration, thus the need for one to get treatment from the hospital.

The CEC has also appealed to members of the public to ensure that they observe the required hygiene practices such as washing hands with soap and running water, consuming treated or boiled water, eating well cooked and hot food and proper fecal waste disposal.

He also called upon all food handlers to ensure that food is prepared and sold under hygienic conditions and appealed to the public to shun food that is hawked in disregard to public health standards.

Karoki also warned owners of business enterprises or residential premises against discharging effluent into rivers, since it contributes to contamination of water.

Source: Kenya News Agency

President reiterates commitment to completion of Caculo-Cabaça Dam

President João Lourenço reiterated Saturday the commitment of the Angolan Government to do everything possible to complete, within the expected time, the construction works for the Caculo-Cabaça Hydroelectric Facility, in the province of Cuanza Norte.

The president said so to the press after the ceremony aimed at starting the process of diverting the waters of the Kwanza River, for the construction of the dam.

The Head of State said he left with the feeling that a lot of work had already been done, but that the diversion of the river, just witnessed, is an important milestone for the continuation of the works on this important project.

With that, he said, he hoped that within approximately three years, more specifically in October 2026, the inauguration of what will be the largest hydroelectric dam in Angola and the third largest on the African continent, after Aswan, in Egypt, and Cahora Bassa, in Mozambique.

“We are going to work not to stop, doing everything so that by the estimated date (October 2026) we can place this great infrastructure at the service of the country, the economy and the populations”, he said.

President João Lourenço added that the Executive will continue to invest in other areas, such as the transport of energy produced in the main sources, which at the moment are found, fundamentally, in the lower Kwanza region, so that it can serve the entire population.

The Statesman added that, along with the transport lines, substations will be built and, finally, home connections will be made in different locations and industries.

The President reaffirmed that the project has confirmed financing from the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, for the civil part of the work, and from a German bank, to finance the five turbines that will be installed.

According to the President of the Republic, if all goes well and there are no delays in disbursements, the deadlines set will be met.

However, he stressed that the ceremony that took place this Saturday constitutes an important step for the continuity of the work, because it is from now on that the civil contractor will start to erect the dam.

The Caculo-Cabaça Hydroelectric Power Plant is located along the middle Kwanza corridor, where the Cambambe, Capanda and Laúca hydroelectric power plants are also in place.

The hydroelectric basin area in the dam section is 112, 663 square meters and the total expected average annual flow is 591 cubic meters per second.

The reservoir, with full storage at quota (630), has a storage capacity of 436 cubic meters per hour.

The Caculo Cabaça Hydroelectric Facility will produce, on average, 8, 566 gigawatts of energy per year, allowing an annual saving of 2.850 million tons of coal and, consequently, a reduction of carbon dioxide emissions in the order of nine million tons.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Angolans stand out in Caculo-Cabaça dam works

Construction work on Caculo-Cabaça Hydroelectric Facility, in northern Cuanza Norte province, is being undertaken by 81 percent of Angolan workforce, a total of 2,047 workers.

The contract, with a physical execution of around 10.52 percent, involves a total of 2,527 workers, including nationals and foreigners.

The Angolans, mostly young, are proud to be part of the project.

Many of them with experience acquired in the construction of the hydroelectric power plants in Capanda, Laúca (Malanje), and Cambambe (Cuanza Norte).

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

President Lourenço arrives in Cuanza Norte

Angolan President João Lourenço arrived Saturday in northern Cuanza Norte province to learn of the progress of the construction work of the Caculo-Cabaça Hydroelectric Dam.

The project, estimated at US$4.5 billion, will allow the start of construction work of the “wall” of the dam and the power house, where four 530-megawatt (MW) turbines will be installed, for a total of 2,172 MW.

Funded by Chine, Caculo-Cabaça Hydroelectric Dam is expected to start generating commercial power in October 2026, the period in which the first of the plant’s four turbines comes into operation.

The construction works of Caculo-Cabaça Dam also benefitted from the funding of German government, in a value estimated at US$1.1 billion.

During the project’s second phase launch ceremony, in November 2022, the chairman of China Gezhouba Group International Engineering, Liu Hualiang, put the average annual production from Caculo-Cabaça at 8.566 gigawatts of hydroelectric power.

The capacity of the project, the biggest hydroelectric dam built by a Chinese company in Africa, will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Angola by 7.2 million tons per year.

The “Three Gorges” project includes companies such as Voith, the O & G consortium and other participants.

Three Dams are operating in the Middle Kwanza Corridor. They are Capanda, Lauca and Cambambe.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Chamber of Commerce defends economic partnership between Angola and US

The president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Angola, Pedro Godinho Domingos, defended Friday in Luanda the establishment of a strategic economic and commercial partnership with the United States that will help to leverage the diversification of national production.

According to Pedro Godinho, a strategic partnership with the US, essentially economic and commercial, could contribute to attracting direct investment and ensuring the transfer of technology to Angola.

On the sidelines of the commemorative ceremony of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of official relations with Angola, the official stated that it was thanks to a partnership of this kind that countries like Japan, South Korea and Israel developed.

He expressed concern about the fact that trade between Angola and the US has fallen from about 20.9 billion in 2008 to the current 2.3 billion, due to the fact that the Americans have increased their domestic production of crude oil.

Pedro Godinho considered it “urgent to start working on attracting direct investment.

He said that his organisation established a partnership with American companies that operate in Angola on attracting investment to Angola in the areas of infrastructure, agriculture, health, digital economy, finance and culture and education.

The former US President, Bill Clinton, formally recognised on May 19, 1993, the government of Angola, a country independent from the Portuguese colonial yoke since November 11, 1975.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

County Assembly Holds Consultative Meeting With Development Partners

There is a need to equip Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) with the necessary knowledge and strategic skills to enable them discharge their legislative duty effectively, Garissa County Assembly Speaker, Abdi Idle, has said.

Opening a one-day consultative meeting that brought together the County Assembly members and development partners at a Garissa hotel, Idle said lack of capacity building was a major stumbling block facing county assemblies countrywide.

The Speaker said that the critical role played by the County Assembly in delivering their core mandate of legislation, representation and oversight, cannot be underestimated.

Idle noted that for the MCAs to fulfill their legislative, representation and oversight roles, they need intensive training and capacity building.

‘Capacity building skills, the leaders will learn on how to communicate and engage with the media efficiently and use it as a medium to pass on relevant information to the people,’ Idle said.

The Speaker called on organizations engaged in gender equality and other donors to chip in, so as to increase their participation and representation in their respective county assemblies and improve on the content or issues they try to advocate for.

Deputy Speaker, Musdaf Abdirashid, lamented that unlike in the National Assembly and Senator that are autonomous legislative institutions, the county assemblies are still operating at ‘the mercy of the Executive or the Governors’.

Abdirashid said that for County Assemblies, to execute their three roles of legislative, representation and oversight, they must be made autonomous and delinked from the Executive.

‘How can you bite the hands that feed you? We entirely depend on the Governors for our day to day activities and therefore impossible to oversee them,’ Abdirashid said.

‘This has to a large extent compromised the MCAs mandate of being impartial, as they operate at the mercy of the Executive. This has to change,’ he added.

Among the issues highlighted during the meeting were on how to support women in leadership specifically women caucus, youths and special persons with disabilities

On the issue of Gender equality, the clerk to the Assembly, Mohamud Santur, said that a lot of strides have been made to bridge the gender disparity of female MCAs, where they chair five House Committees, while the remaining are vice chairs of the other committees.

The County Assembly is deliberate in its quest to engage with the development partners so as to effectively execute its core constitutional mandate.

The partners present included UNICEF, UNDP, UN women, women caucus, SOCCAT and council of governors among others.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Government Shuts Down Illegal Gold Mining In Moyale

The Government has shut down illegal gold mining, with immediate effect at the Illo area of Dabel location, Moyale Sub-County of Marsabit County.

Speaking during a Public Baraza at Illo, Moyale Deputy County Commissioner, Stanley Too, said the miners were sinking very deep holes to crush stones in their artisanal activities, without minding the environmental impact they were posing to both human beings and animals.

Consequently, Too directed those involved in the mining activities to stop operations within seven days, following a notice issued by the Moyale Sub-county Public Health Officer, Abdi Suku.

The notice indicated that thousands of people were living in newly built makeshifts, while others were conducting small scale businesses and that the miners were operating in unhygienic eateries posing dangers of disease outbreak.

The notice further indicated that there were no adequate sanitation facilities like latrines to serve the high number of people in the area, while at the same time there were dozens of open abandoned holes, which were posing a grave danger to both animals and human beings.

Suku further said the decision was reached following a reported cholera outbreak within the site, where four people tested positive for the disease, besides two deaths that were reportedly caused by severe diarrhoea and vomiting.

The Public Health Officer in the letter further said that the miners were contravening the Public Health Act (Cap 242) as well as Occupational Act and Health 2007.

While addressing the miners, Too said that the sub-county Security Committee had established that there was the existence of aliens from Ethiopia, Somalia and other nations who were in the country illegally, thus posing a security threat in the area.

‘Do you know that this illegal mining is denying both the National and the County Government a lot of revenue and that there were laid down critical issues between mining and environmental conservation, to ensure that the sector operates within the approved standards of health, safety, human rights and environment protection?’ he posed.

The Administrator warned that whoever will be found within the area after the elapse of the seven-day notice will be dealt with according to the law.

Too was accompanied by the entire Moyale Sub-County Security Committee members and Ministry of Health Officials among others.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Angola has 264 family doctors only

Angola has 264 family doctors only for around 30 million inhabitants, according to data from the College of General and Family Medicine.

Nasser Calumbuana, a family medicine doctor, on Friday told ANGOP that this number includes nationals and expatriates and it is still far from satisfying the needs of the country.

Nasser Calimbuana said that a family doctor is a professional who serves people of all ages and genders, providing comprehensive and continuous assistance to communities.

In this regard, “there is a need for the country to train more specialists in this medical field which is extremely important for disease prevention”, he said while talking about the Family Doctor Day celebrated on May 19 worldwide.

Nasser Calimbuana explained that the family doctor builds a lasting relationship with his patients, marked by trust and proximity, and by focusing more on the prevention than in treatment.

“We are still dealing with a curative method instead of betting on preventing the diseases”, he stressed, having advised the reinforcement for health education in order to prevent diseases that can be avoided with routine medical visits.

Family and Community Medicine (FCM) is a clinical specialty that develops health promotion, protection and recovery practices aimed at people, families and communities.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Cuanza Norte: President pleased with execution of General Hospital work

Angolan President of the Republic João Lourenço Saturday in Ndalatando voiced satisfaction with the level of execution of the work on General Hospital of Cuanza Norte.

The president, who visited the work, with 48 percent execution, said he received assurance from the contractor and the work supervisor that the infrastructure, estimated at USD 63 million, will be inaugurated this year.

In his speech, the Head of Executive Power underlined the role of the undertaking for the province of Cuanza Norte and for any casualties on National Road 230.

National Road 230 connects the province of Luanda to the east of the country, passing through Cuanza Norte and Malanje.

The Cuanza Norte General Hospital, whose works began in August 2021, will have 200 beds and 15 clinical services.

The new health unit will also have a hemodialysis centre, pathological anatomy, neonatology, intensive care, dentistry, psychiatry, operating room and ophthalmology services.

The hospital will also train staff in various specialties in the areas of medicine, nursing and biomedical.

The unit is being built in an area of 15,000 square meters, in Kirima locality, more than 11 kilometers from Ndalatando, the capital of Cuanza Norte province.

João Lourenço traveled through Ndalatando, the provincial capital of Cuanza Norte, on his way to the municipality of Cambambe, where he learned about the construction work for the Caculo-Cabaça Dam.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Drive To Green Kisumu County Launched

The Government has partnered with the African Guarantee Fund (AGF) to roll out a greening initiative in Kisumu County with a view to boosting forest cover in the area.

The Kisumu Greening Initiative, a partnership between the State Department for Trade, State Department for Forestry and AGF is part of the government’s target to plant 15 billion trees, to achieve 30 percent forest cover by the year 2032.

Trade Principal Secretary (PS), Alfred K’ombudo, said the initiative targets to give impetus to ecological restoration efforts in Lakeside County which has one of the lowest forest covers in the country at 0.44 percent.

Through the partnership, he said 20, 000 trees shall be planted this season in Nyakach Sub-County, adding that the initiative would be scaled-up to cover the other Sub- counties in the area.

‘We are making our contribution towards the 15 billion trees target through this initiative. We want to be able to green Kisumu and improve forest cover and capability of the community in several ways,’ he said.

Speaking during the launch of the drive at Rarieda Kokech Primary School in Nyakach Sub-county, the PS said through funding from AGF, members of the community have been issued with fruit tree seedlings as well to reap economic benefits from the exercise.

The trees among them grafted mangoes, oranges, lemon and tamarind, he added, were part of the State Department of Trade’s initiative to bring in a commercial aspect in the tree planting exercise, to economically empower communities.

‘Greening is not just about trees. It is also about the commercial aspect of ensuring that trees are part of the livelihood of the community,’ he said.

The State Department for Trade, he said, has been incorporated in the National Tree Planting Steering Committee, to exploit the commercial aspect of the initiative.

‘We are not just pushing for fruits trees but also the indigenous trees with medicinal value so that we can help farmers secure markets for the products locally and abroad,’ he said.

K’ombudo called for more partnerships to scale-up the project to boost forest cover and address challenges posed by Climate Change.

African Guarantee Fund Group, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Jules Ngankam, said besides procuring the tree seedlings, the Fund will support the community to nurture the trees to maturity, to ensure that the programme is sustained.

‘This initiative calls for a lot of resilience. Some of the trees will take years before you start reaping the benefits, but you must take care of them so that they grow,’ he said.

AGF, he said, was in full support of the government’s drive to plant 15 billion trees, to address Climate Change concerns.

State Department for Forestry, Director of Ecological Restoration, Erick Akotsi, lauded the partnership, saying it will go a long way in helping to achieve the 15 billion trees target.

The State Department, he added, has developed a strategy to support institutions and communities, to play an active role in the program to achieve set targets.

Strategies, awards and schemes have been established to incentivize communities and institutions involved in the exercise.

Source: Kenya News Agency