Le KFSH&RC se classe comme marque de soins de santé la plus valorisée en Arabie Saoudite et au Moyen-Orient

RIYAD, Arabie Saoudite, 03 mai 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Le KFSH&RC (King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre) se classe en tête du secteur de la santé en Arabie Saoudite et au Moyen-Orient, et se distingue pour la deuxième année comme la marque de soins de santé la plus valorisée dans ces régions. Selon les rapports de Brand Finance pour 2024, la marque s’est classée 9e en Arabie Saoudite et 28e au Moyen-Orient. De plus, le KFSH&RC se distingue comme unique hôpital au monde à figurer parmi les dix marques les plus valorisées dans le pays.

Le rapport de Brand Finance révèle que la valeur de marque du KFSH&RC a augmenté de 31 %, dépassant 5,6 milliards de riyals saoudiens, soit l’équivalent de 1,5 milliard de dollars. Cette augmentation est le résultat de l’engagement inébranlable de l’hôpital qui cherche à intégrer les derniers traitements médicaux et technologies, et à fournir des soins médicaux spécialisés conformes aux normes internationales les plus récentes.

M. Muhannad Kadi, directeur des communications et du marketing d’entreprise, revient pour nous sur cette reconnaissance mondiale dont bénéficie le KFSH&RC : « Ce succès illustre parfaitement l’engagement de l’hôpital pour atteindre les normes de qualité les plus élevées et offrir des soins d’exception, et reflète également la valeur importante qu’il offre à ses bénéficiaires. » Il souligne que la position de l’hôpital parmi les dix marques les plus valorisées d’Arabie Saoudite met en évidence non seulement sa rentabilité, mais également l’impact positif des changements en cours dans le secteur de la santé du pays.

Au cours de l’année écoulée, le KFSH&RC a franchi plusieurs étapes importantes qui ont contribué de manière significative à améliorer la solidité et la réputation de son image de marque. Cela inclut notamment la réalisation de quatre expériences révolutionnaires dans le domaine de la médecine spatiale, la réalisation de la première transplantation hépatique entièrement robotisée au monde et le lancement d’un service d’analyse rapide des données de séquençage du génome complet, accessible à tous les bénéficiaires. En outre, le KFSH&RC a célébré le traitement réussi de 100 patients atteints de leucémie lymphoblastique aiguë, preuve de nos capacités médicales avancées et de notre engagement dans les soins aux patients.

Dans la lignée du plan Saudi Vision 2030 et de ses programmes de transformation initiés par Son Altesse Royale, le Prince héritier et le Premier ministre, qui visent à renforcer la position du Royaume sur le plan international et à en faire un centre en matière de soins de santé, le KFSH&RC a été classé comme le meilleur centre médical universitaire au Moyen-Orient et en Afrique. Il s’est également hissé à la 20e place du classement des 250 meilleurs hôpitaux au monde par Brand Finance pendant deux années consécutives, en 2023 puis en 2024. Il figure également dans le classement des 250 meilleurs hôpitaux au monde publié par le magazine Newsweek.

Pour plus d’informations, veuillez contacter :

M. Essam Al-Zahrani, responsable par intérim des affaires médiatiques, 0555254429

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KFSH&RC Classificado como a Melhor Marca de Cuidados de Saúde da Arábia Saudita e Oriente Médio

RIADE, Arábia Saudita, May 03, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — O KFSH&RC lidera o setor de saúde do Reino da Arábia Saudita e do Oriente Médio, reconhecido como a marca de saúde mais valiosa nessas regiões pelo segundo ano. De acordo com os relatórios do Brand Finance de 2024, ficou em 9o lugar na Arábia Saudita e em 28o no Oriente Médio. Além disso, o KFSH&RC se destaca como o único hospital do mundo a ser classificado entre as dez marcas mais valiosas do país.

O Brand Finance Report mostra que o valor da marca KFSH&RC aumentou 31%, excedendo 5,6 bilhões de riais sauditas, o equivalente a US$ 1,5 bilhão. Esse aumento é o resultado do compromisso inabalável do hospital em incorporar as mais recentes tecnologias e tratamentos médicos e fornecer atendimento médico especializado que atenda aos mais recentes padrões internacionais.

Refletindo sobre o reconhecimento global do KFSH&RC, o Sr. Muhannad Kadi, Diretor de Comunicações Corporativas e Marketing, comentou: “Esta conquista ressalta a dedicação do hospital em alcançar os mais altos padrões de qualidade e fornecer cuidados de saúde excelentes, bem como o valor significativo que oferece aos seus beneficiários.” Ele enfatizou que a posição do hospital entre as dez marcas mais valiosas da Arábia Saudita não apenas ressalta sua eficácia, mas também o impacto positivo das transformações em andamento do setor de saúde do Reino.

No ano passado, o KFSH&RC alcançou vários marcos notáveis que contribuíram significativamente para a força e reputação da sua marca. Isso inclui a realização de quatro experimentos inovadores em medicina espacial, a realização do primeiro transplante de fígado totalmente robótico do mundo e o lançamento de um serviço rápido de análise de sequenciamento de genoma completo disponível para todos os beneficiários. Além disso, o KFSH&RC celebrou o tratamento bem-sucedido de 100 pacientes com leucemia linfoblástica de células T, um testemunho da nossa capacidade médica avançada e dedicação ao atendimento do paciente.

De acordo com a Saudi Vision 2030 e seus programas de transformação, iniciados por Sua Alteza Real, o Príncipe Herdeiro e o Primeiro-Ministro – que visam melhorar a posição global do Reino e estabelecê-lo como um centro de saúde – o KFSH&RC foi classificado como o melhor Centro Médico Acadêmico do Oriente Médio e da África. Também garantiu o 20º lugar globalmente por dois anos consecutivos, 2023 e 2024, de acordo com o relatório Global Top 250 Hospitals da Brand Finance. Além disso, ele foi classificado entre os melhores hospitais do mundo do 250 Best Hospitals in the World da revista Newsweek.

Para mais informações contate:

Sr. Essam Al-Zahrani, Dirigente Interino de Assuntos de Mídia, 0555254429

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AstraZeneca Implements Cancer Care Patient Treatment In Kenya


The Ministry of Health, in partnership with AstraZeneca, has launched the Cancer Care Africa Programme to improve Cancer Care in the Country by improving access and outcomes across the patient care pathways, from diagnosis to treatment and beyond.

Cancer has become a major public health concern in Kenya and across Africa, with the latest statistics from the World Health Organisation showing that there were 44,726 cancer cases and 29,317 cancer deaths in Kenya in the year 2022.

The figure is set against a regional context that estimates a total of 2.1 million new cases and 1.4 million deaths annually by 2040 across Africa.

The Cabinet Secretary for Health, Susan Nakhumicha, said that the launch of the Cancer Care Africa programme in the country signifies a step towards improving cancer care for all.

Nakhumicha made the remarks in a speech read on her behalf by the National Cancer Institute of Kenya, Chief Executive Officer Dr. Elias Melly, during the launch of the Cancer Care Africa Programme held at the
Nairobi Hotel.

She said that the collaborative initiative with other stakeholders has the potential to significantly improve access to diagnosis, treatment, and care, saving lives and improving the well-being of the country.

The CS noted that a few decades ago, cancer and other non-communicable diseases were not a major concern for the country, while adding that preoccupation was largely with infectious diseases such as HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis, among others.

‘Today, however, cancer has emerged as a critical health issue across Africa, exerting a disproportionately huge burden on families and on our healthcare system. Today, cancer is ranked the third leading cause of death in Kenya, behind infectious diseases and cardiovascular diseases, and the fifth in Africa,’ she said.

The CS said what most Kenyans dread is a cancer diagnosis to a family member, as such a diagnosis may not only portend an early loss of a loved one, but a catastrophic financial burden for the entire household.

‘Despite its grow
ing prevalence and mortality, quality cancer care remains a challenge for many; this has a more severe impact on underserved populations, exacerbating existing health inequalities,’ CS said.

She said that the programme will play a key role in cancer care and management by challenging traditional thinking and advocating for policy changes in cancer care to improve outcomes for all individuals affected by the disease, regardless of their demographic, geographic, or socio-economic status.

‘The Accelerating Change for Cancer Care programme is key in supporting health systems to embrace innovative health technologies, which have the potential to make cancer screening more accessible, particularly in remote and underserved communities in Africa,’ she stated.

She announced that the ministry and partners envision a country with sustainable and equitable cancer care infrastructure that bridges the gap from diagnosis to treatment by leveraging local initiatives in Africa to redefine cancer care and build healthcare
capacity for the delivery of quality and affordable care for all.

‘The partnership with AstraZeneca brings together cancer experts, researchers, patient voices, health tech firms, government officials, and policymakers, aiming to develop sustainable cancer care ecosystems that can withstand the burden of future pressures,’ she revealed.

CS acknowledges that partnerships with AstraZeneca Cancer Care Africa, will amplify cancer prevention and control and co-create a comprehensive and coordinated approach to cancer care in the country.

Additionally, she said that this collaborative initiative has the potential to significantly improve access to diagnosis, treatment, and care, ultimately saving lives and improving the well-being of Kenyans impacted by this disease, as well as their families and communities.

She said the government under the Ministry of Health has prioritised and made cancer diagnosis, care, and treatment affordable for families, noting that with the establishment of the Social Health Authorit
y (SHA), Kenyans will get even greater relief on spending as SHA will take care of the huge costs of cancer treatment for all.

In his remarks, Dave Fredrickson, Executive Vice-President, Oncology Business Unit, at AstraZeneca, said that the Cancer Care Africa programme will support early detection, increase timely diagnosis, and improve access to treatment options for patients in Kenya.

‘With an increasing number of patients being diagnosed with cancer in Kenya and across Africa in the coming decades, joint action to improve patient outcomes and safeguard health care systems for the future has never been more important,’ he said.

AstraZeneca is a global, science-led bio-pharmaceutical company that focuses on the discovery, development, and commercialization of prescription medicines in Oncology, Rare Diseases and Bio pharmaceuticals.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Health IT Initiative


Nakuru County’s Department of Health is conducting a comprehensive review of the implementation progress of the Kenya Electronic Medical Records (EMR) roadmap, a project that seeks to digitize all medical records and help the county go paperless with the support of USAID, Health IT initiative.

This collaborative effort aims to enhance digital health solutions across the county, ensuring streamlined and efficient healthcare delivery aligning with the deployment of a robust digital system in healthcare to ensure efficiency in patient management, and transparency in resource utilization.

The County Director for ICT Leonard Kirui today commended USAID for supporting Nakuru County with developing and deploying EMRs through capacity building and technical support.

He noted that this review aims to empower the County managers implement health automation to embrace the latest cutting-edge technology for improved healthcare outcomes.

Additionally, he said once the EMR is implemented countrywide, no patient would
be required to walk around with x-rays in envelopes or any other medical records since everything would be available at the touch of the button.

In the past, expectant mothers and other patients were required to carry cards which held records of the progress of their pregnancy, and once they gave birth, they were added another card indicating the birth date of the infant and they were required to carry it until all the immunization jabs were completed.

Unfortunately, the mothers who lost the cards were not only scolded by the nurses but some simply stopped taking the babies for the remaining vaccinations, which sometimes led to infant mortality.

Furthermore, Kirui said the EMR would ensure every child born in the country completes their immunisation and the dates of birth would be immortalized and that would enable even those born in remote areas get to know their exact birthdays instead of being told, ‘oh you were born during the rainy season or famine’.

Present during the training were the County Direct
or for Health Administration and Planning Dr Joy Mugambi, technical officers from the County, and Health IT and IT experts from the University of Nairobi.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Declare Floods A National Disaster, Kalonzo


Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka has called upon the government to declare the current floods a national disaster.

Kalonzo said this in Mumbuni Primary School in Machakos when he helped distribute food and non-food items to the residents who were affected by the floods in the county.

He said the floods that have killed and displaced thousands of Kenyans have also been worsened by the ongoing doctors’ strike and called on the government to put in place proper intervention measures to prevent further losses.

Kalonzo also urged Kenyans of good will to offer humanitarian support to those affected by the floods.

The Wiper leader was accompanied by Eugene Wamalwa who noted that 32 counties had been affected by the floods and asked the government to declare the floods a national crisis so that international partners and other non-state organisations can assist.

‘As Azimio we demand that the time has come for Kenya Kwanza to declare the floods a national disaster,’ said Wamalwa.

Governor Wavinya Ndeti disclosed th
at Machakos has so far lost 20 people and over 4,000 families displaced and affected by the floods.

Wavinya said the county government has distributed food and nonfood items to flood victims and was also assisting several families to rebuild their houses.She further called upon Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) to fast track the inspection of bridges that have been destroyed by the floods to reduce the number of casualties and save lives.

Also present was Jubilee Party Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni and Machakos Deputy Governor Francis Mwangangi and other County officials.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Multi-Billion Vihiga Granite Processing Plant To Boost BETA’s Affordable Housing Program


The construction sector in Kenya is poised for a major take-off as the government inches closer to signing a Sh2.5 billion mining investment deal with a private investor that will see the establishment of a granite processing plant at Emwatsi village in Vihiga County.

Construction of the state-of-the-art granite processing facility is part of the government’s policy that focuses on establishment of Kenya-based value addition and mineral-processing centers.

A five-acre land parcel where the plant will be built has already been acquired and land ownership documents processed.

With negotiations complete, the State and the investor, Equip Agencies Limited, are only awaiting to sign this historic contract to allow the project to kick off.

This is the first granite plant in Kenya where the government will have a minimum of 10 percent stake according to the Mining Act 2016.

State Department for Mining Principal Secretary Elijah Mwangi says the granite plant is expected to contribute significantly to the growth
of the processing of construction minerals in in Kenya.

He adds that the aggressive push and relentless hunt by the mining department for strategic investors is informed by the urgent need to have a robust collaborative framework to help exploit the massive latent potential in the sector.

He notes that the government, keen on promoting local mineral processing, was giving priority to investors who had demonstrated interest and capacity to establish mineral processing facilities in the country.

Such a move would boost the creation of employment opportunities for hundreds of local residents, increase the prices and value of locally-sourced minerals and provide a ready-market for granite excavated by local artisanal miners.

‘The construction of this plant speaks to our singular vision as a department to support the value addition for minerals as we actively create jobs and employment opportunities by putting up mineral processing centers across Kenya,’ explained Mr. Mwangi.

Preliminary data in the study of
geological report indicates that Vihiga County has significant deposits that cover an extensive area of over 250 square kilometers on the southern part. This translates to a granite resource occupying a land size of slightly over 60,000 acres.

The report further shows viable mineral occurrences are located in Hamisi, Emuhaya, Luanda, Sabatia and Vihiga sub-counties. Additional deposits are found in the neighboring counties of Kakamega, Bungoma, Siaya, Nandi, Kisumu and Busia.

Granite is one of the dominant minerals that is heavily utilized in the building and construction sector.

Due to its rigidity, stability and exceptional vibration traits, it is extensively used in engineering. Other common uses of granite include making of kitchen and bathroom countertops, tiles, terrazzo and staircases.

The mineral has been gaining popularity in architectural aesthetics where it is utilized in the making of artistic mantelpieces, statues and monuments. It is also used in designing elaborate pavements, walkways, pede
strian walks and cemetery monuments.

One main sector poised to benefit immensely from the establishment of the granite plant is the housing sector under the government’s Affordable Housing Program.

Being one of the main pillars for Kenya-Kwanza’s Bottom-Up Economic Transformation Agenda (BETA), the Affordable Housing Program has set a target of constructing 200,000 housing units annually.

To optimize on the potential of construction material value-chain, the plant is anticipated to support the housing project by supplying processed building materials like rocks, ballast, crusher dust, tiles and related products.

The shift towards locally-processed and manufactured materials for use in government programs is a strategic approach to not only create jobs and market for local products but also support and enhance sustainability of mineral processing through the Buy Kenya-Build Kenya initiative.

Artisanal miners in quarrying and rock-crushing view the plant as a panacea to their perennial challenges of lack o
f market, unemployment and struggling livelihoods.

Mr. Jotham Makokha, the chair of Emwatsi village community, says the impending opening of the granite factory has rekindled optimism amongst the local residents who expect to reap benefits from a resource that is oft looked at as a nuisance.

He adds that most farms are characterized by granite rocky outcrops and massive boulders that hamper effective farming. He points out that local farmers will sell their granite resource to the factory for processing which will clear their land and offer them additional space for agriculture.

‘We are excited because this is a win-win situation for us. They will take the rocks to process and we get extra space for crops. We are also expecting our youths who have been migrating to find jobs in other towns to come home and work here,’ he said.

For the Vihiga County government, the granite plant, once dogged by curse of delays, is now a reality. Governor Dr. Wilbur Ottichilo says the county is not only committed to creatin
g a favorable investment atmosphere for investors but also ready to partner with the national government and partners to promote development in the region.

Stating that the plant was a symbol of the mineral processing capacity in the region, the governor urged investors to exploit other opportunities available in the county for investment.

‘This project will be life-changing for the people of Vihiga and beyond. We are calling for more investors to come and set up shop in this region,’ he said.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Governor Achani Urges Residents In Flood Prone Areas To Relocate


Kwale Governor Fatuma Achani has called on residents in low land and flood-prone areas to relocate to higher ground as heavy rains are expected in the coastal region in the days and weeks ahead.

Governor Achani ordered people living around river banks and flood-prone areas of the coastal county to relocate to higher grounds to avoid flooding until after the rainy season.

The county boss said the devolved government had put necessary measures in place in mitigating the effects of possible flood disasters noting that the move would keep residents of such areas safe ahead of the expected heavy rains in May.

She stated that the devolved unit is making the necessary preparations to effectively mitigate the negative impact of floods in the region.

‘As a devolved government in collaboration with the national government and other stakeholders we have begun adequate preparations to avert any possible flooding,’ she said.

She added that they have also begun to create awareness about the dangers of flooding and al
erted people living along riversides and lowland areas to relocate to safer elevated areas.

The governor said the Kenya Meteorological Department has predicted flooding in some areas of the coastal region during the current long rains season.

She said recently the weatherman forecasted heavy rains with potential flooding expected in Mombasa, Kwale and Kilifi counties in the month of May.

‘We are glad as a county since we have not yet experienced any floods or people being affected by it as seen in other parts of the country which has claimed the lives of over 170 people countrywide, and 72 who are yet to be located as a result of the floods, however as a county we have to take precautions,’ she said.

She says the county has identified areas such as Vanga, Majoreni, Jego and Kiwegu in Lungalunga Sub County as among the worst flood prone areas.

‘When it rains in Usambara areas in the neighbouring country of Tanzania, Umba River usually breaks its banks leading to flooding across Lungalunga Sub County and t
herefore we are calling on the border residents to vacate immediately they notice any signs of floods in order to avoid losses,’ she said.

The Governor also said that areas such as Vumbu which borders two dams that were constructed by Kiskol Sugar Company and the mining firm Base Titanium are also likely to experience floods in case of heavy rains and urged the residents to look for shelter in areas like social halls, churches and mosques.

She said with more rain in the forecast, the safety of Kwale residents was of paramount importance and that the county government had taken proactive measures to avert any untoward incident.

The Governor warned residents against blocking drainages with refuse in order to prevent flooding and the loss of lives and properties.

She called on urban residents living close to major gutters and storm drains, culverts and bridges to move away to safeguard lives and properties.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Seven Flood Marooned Residents In Kabaa,Mwala Sub County Rescued


Seven people who had been marooned by flooding waters in Kikuuni village in Kabaa,Mwala sub county after River Athi burst its banks have been rescued.

The seven, six men and a pregnant woman were evacuated to safety on Friday afternoon by a private chopper chartered by the Machakos County Government.

Machakos Governor Wavinya Ndeti and her Deputy Francis Mwangangi coordinated the rescue efforts after the seven got stuck on Wednesday evening when flooding waters surrounded their homes.

According to Mwala Assistant County Commissioner (ACC) Dennis Muthomi earlier attempts to rescue the stranded residents were not successful due to the raging waters.

‘We have been trying since Wednesday to rescue the residents to no avail and we thank the county government and the national government for the collaboration,’ said Muthomi.

The ACC said the rescued residents are currently undergoing treatment at Kabaa Health Centre.

‘The victims are currently being treated here at Kabaa.They will also undergo counseling for
the ordeal they went through,’ he said.

The administrator called on residents living in flood prone areas to heed to the government’s directive to relocate to safer grounds.

‘Those residents whose houses are at the risk of mudslides or living near rivers and other dangerous water bodies should move for their own good,’ added Muthomi.

Governor Wavinya said the county government will facilitate alternative accommodation for the affected residents until the water subsides.

‘We will offer accommodation and support to the victims until it is safe for them to go back home,’ said Wavinya.

She appealed to residents of Kyeleni,Vulya and Matungulu to evacuate immediately to avoid floods following heavy rains that are expected in the area.

‘The meteorological department has issued a warning of heavy rains starting Friday evening and we are asking residents living in those areas to move to avoid casualties,’ added the governor.

Mary Mutheu,one the victims expressed her relief after the chopper evacuated them to sa
fety.

Mutheu said the flooding waters washed away crops and livestock following heavy rains.

‘We watched helplessly as the water levels kept on rising. We however decided to assemble in one place and keep each other company as we waited to be rescued,’ she said.

Paul Mulatya, described the three-day ordeal as scary and a brush with death.

‘We even ran out of food and were surviving on bananas and fish,’ said Mulatya.

Close to 20 people have lost their lives while 4,000 households have been displaced in the county by floods.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Coast Journalists Urged To Raise Awareness Of Environmental Conservation


Coast journalists have been urged to leverage diverse media channels to educate their audiences to tackle the vagaries of climate change.

Kenya Correspondents Association (KCA) Coast Region Chairman Omar Shungu says Journalists should be the champion of environmental conservation measures.

The World today commemorates World Press Freedom Day under the theme: ‘A Press for the Planet: Journalism in the Face of the Environmental Crisis.’

Shungu noted that the environmental crisis facing the world is a great challenge that must be addressed by all and should not be left to the government and environmentalists alone.

‘As journalists, we must shine a light on the urgent issues facing our environment, from climate change and deforestation to pollution and biodiversity loss,’ Shungu said during a sensitization forum with Journalists.

He challenged journalists to come up with write-ups on environmental stories that focus on marine ecosystems to preserve aquatic lives from extinction.

‘Our work serves as a vital
conduit for raising awareness, holding governments and corporations accountable, and empowering communities to take action,’ he said, adding, that journalists play a pivotal role in the dissemination of information to the public.

The Chairman affirmed his commitment to ensuring journalists get training on climate change reporting.

‘We recognize the importance of accurate, evidence-based reporting in shaping public discourse and driving policy decisions that safeguard our planet for future generations,’ said the KCA Chairman.

‘Despite facing threats, intimidation, and censorship, journalists in Coast remain steadfast in their pursuit of truth and accountability. We stand in solidarity with our colleagues around the world who risk their lives to report on environmental issues in the face of adversity,’ he added.

He further urged the government, corporations and civil societies to support and protect journalists who are at the forefront of environmental reporting.

Shungu called for concerted efforts to harn
ess the power of the media to address environmental degradation to build a sustainable future.

‘On this World Press Freedom Day, let us recommit ourselves to the principles of a free and independent press, and let us harness the power of journalism to protect our planet for generations to come,’ said Shungu.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Let Us Implement Programs Instead Of Board Room Meetings, Otuoma


Busia Governor Paul Otuoma has urged partners on climate change to ensure that funds are channeled to support the common mwananchi at the grassroot level.

Speaking to the victims of floods in Bunyala South Ward on Thursday, Otuoma noted that several meetings on climate change were being held in high end hotels, yet some of the most affected people were not being supported.

‘ Several capacity buildings have been held in big hotels for the last 60 years, yet our people have not received any help,’ he said.

He pointed out that Sh35 billion that were set aside by the National Assembly for Emergency response have not been disbursed to the County.

‘I want to urge those concerned to do what is expected of them instead of waiting to see Kenyans lose lives to disaster,’ he said.

The governor stated that Busia County expected to be given Sh700 million but the devolved unit has received only Sh35 million to date.

‘As Western region, we suggested that a dam be constructed at Charanganyi , Lugari , Siaya, Malakisi
with a view to contain the waters that are affecting the residents of Bunyala through floods,’ he said, adding that implementation of programmes is a big challenge.

Otuoma further stated that governors are willing to cooperate with the national government and support the implementation of national government programmes.

‘This is because we must move away from rain-fed agriculture and embrace irrigation,’ he said, adding that there was a need to implement programmes in line with the vision 2030.

He further urged development partners to move away from board room meetings but instead provide resources that can relieve the common man from suffering.

‘We must find a permanent solution to the Budalangi floods because we also fought for Independence,’ he said, adding that the County leadership was ready to sacrifice whatever little resources that it has to ensure that people do not die from situations that can be prevented.

Bunyala Deputy County Commissioner Paul Papa urged those living in flood prone areas alo
ng River Nzoia to move to higher grounds.

Papa stated that 1700 households displaced and were living in temporary camps were in dire need of humanitarian support.

The flood victims received 160 bags of rice, 212 cartons of cooking fat, 90 bags of maize, 90 bags of beans and 250 cartons of bar soap from the County government

Source: Kenya News Agency