Nandi County Health workers yesterday evening called off their strike.Calling off the strike, after a prolonged closed door meeting and return-to -work formula chaired by Nandi County Deputy governor Dominic Biwott, Secretary Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) Nandi Chapter Mr Amos Ngetich said that their grievances had been addressed and all staff will resume back to duty starting tomorrow on Wednesday 26th of August, ”All we wanted was a well written and signed document, all our grievances have been addressed and i therefore call off the strike” added Ngetich.
Health services have been grounded in 6 Sub hospitals in Nandi County after the Medical staff went on strike.
A circular from Director of Health Dr.Kemboi urging the medics to report to work by 3am on 20th has been ignored since no one has done so.
The Director further clarified that no life has been lost contrary to earlier report from the media.
County secretary Mr.Francis Ominde had earlier held a meeting with medical unionists and was expected to give a comprehensive statement on Tuesday last week concerning a number of grievances the staff wanted to be addressed, however this didn’t prevail as the staff went on strike on Monday. “Stern actions will be taken to those who don’t resume work according to the labour laws ” he added.
This follows a directive given by the president to get rid of all illicit brews sold in the Country. So far the National government has established National Inter-agency technical Committee that brings together 16 agencies of the government whose mandate is to ensure that the drinks sold to the public meet the required standards.
Alcoholic control fund is also in place to educate the society on drug prevention skills and how best they can support themselves through engaging in activities like tailoring, artisan ship among others. Furthermore the fund will assist in establishment of rehabilitation facilities where those in need of the services will be educated, rehabilitated, given entrepreneurial skills and trained on how to manage businesses.
The CEO NACADA urged the County boss to work hand in hand with the County Commissioner to see that enforcement of law created at the National and County governments are implemented.
The Governor emphasized that his Government will support NACADA in their endeavours and see that the death toll is brought down. ” Nandi residents have also died due to consumption of illegal brews and i will not sit and watch this happen” he added.
Over 400 lives have been lost for the past three years due to illicit brew.
The team will traverse the Country for two weeks to ensure that 176 manufacturers of alcoholic drinks meet the standards required.
REVIEW COURSE CONTENT, RUTO TELLS UNIVERSITIES
Deputy President William Ruto has urged universities to continuously review their course
content as the basis of improving the relevance and quality of education. Ruto said universities should take full advantage of modern technology in order to play an effective role in improving the lives of Kenyans.
“The rate of science, innovation and technology should be embraced by universities if they are
to remain relevant,” said Ruto. He called on universities to upscale the quality of research and innovation as the only way to attain solutions to challenges facing the country.
“We should have sufficient resources towards research to generate new knowledge for creative economy,” he said.
Ruto said the government was putting more resources in the development of education to make it accessible, affordable, of good quality and relevant to the needs of the country.
“As a country, we have shortage of artisans, technicians and technologists and this is why
we have resolved to establish technical institutions in every constituency to solve this
problem once and for all,” added the deputy president.
Ruto said universities should build on positive values of modern societal transformation, urging schools to create a sense of duty towards the social, economic and technological
Condemn strikes in schools
Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi told universities to condemn the culture of
students going on strike because of examinations.
He said universities should implement the recommendations made by commissions,
which were formed in the past to oversee the education system in the country.
“Sometimes it is shocking that students in some universities resort to strike simply
because of lack of water. This is strange,” said Kaimenyi.
He said the National Research Fund would be ready by next week, noting that this will go a
long way into strengthening research among institutions of higher learning. Nandi Governor Cleophas Lagat, MPs Julius Melly (Tinderet), Elijah Lagat (Chesumei),
Education PS Kipsang Bellio and Vice Chancellor Prof Philip Maiyo among others
were present.Among the graduands was Hon Kazungu Kambi CS Labour.
The deputy president made the remarks when he presided over the 33 graduation ceremony
at the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton in Nandi County on Sunday.
IN THE PICTURE: H E Dr.Cleophas Lagat,H.E Deputy President William Rutto and Dr.Blassius Ruguri the Chancellor University of Eastern Africa,Baraton and Division President of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and Vice chancellor UEAB Prof Philip Maiyo.
Chairman Water Services Trust Fund Hon. Musikari Kombo today visited a number of water projects funded by trust fund in Nandi county. Speaking to the press Musikari emphasised on the need to involve the public in the various projects implemented as they will feel part and parcel of the project. “We need to work together and be accountable in all that we are tasked to do” he added. Nandi County is among the 6 counties that have benefited from funds from water services trust fund. Among the projects his team visited include Kapkilel water source that 105 families, 2 primary and 1 secondary school have benefited from gravitated water. So far more than 1000 families are getting water from 13 protected springs, 100 families are getting water from 2 water kiosks in the area. CEC Lands, Environment and Natural Resources Dr. John Chumo thanked the entire team for the good work they have done in the County.”Being the chairman of all Land ministers in the Country i will lead by showing example in my County” he emphasised. Also present were CO Lands Mr.Kosgey, Directors water services trust fund Mr. Ruku, Madam Catherine Mwiti, Mr. Dulo, Political advisor Mrs.Chepkwony, Kilibwoni MCA Mark George, CO Devolution Mr. Koech, sub county administrators Mr. Kemei and Mr. Keter.
The 2015 Volley Ball champions Kosirai girls received a warm reception back home today.
Leaders led by Nandi County Governor H.E Dr Cleophas Lagat, the school and the sponsors gave a heroic reception to the champions.
Governor Lagat congratulated the team for an extraordinary effort that earned them the trophy.
Kosirai girls emerged the winners at the recently concluded National competition after beating Kwanthanze girls from Machakos County in a set of 3-2, in a highly contested match.
Moreover, the County has donated 1 million shillings for nurturing talents at the school.The initiative will go along away in tapping talents
especially in the sporting activities in schools across the County, added Lagat.
The Team proceeds to Rwanda for East and Central competition this month and the County government has sponsored them and their fans.
Kapsabet County Referral and Nandi Hills County Hospitals will receive Ksh. 800 Million from the Central Government to expand and boost health services in Nandi, Deputy President William Rutto said.
Speaking in Kaptumo grounds at the official opening of an MTC in Aldai Constituency, Rutto said that Kapsabet county Referral Hospital is set to receive ksh.480 Million as Nandi Hills receives Kshs 320 M in what the DP says will decongest Nandi residents from travelling to MTRH in Eldoret for treatment.
Rutto however noted that the two health facilities will accommodate CT scan, MRI scan, Radiology, Cancer Centres, Dialysis and other emergency cases which would have been attended to at other National Hospitals.
He added that the Kapsabet County Referral Hospital will be upgraded to a level 5 hospital; which will offer medication to residents of Western Kenya from the neighbouring counties of Vihiga, Kakamega, Bungoma, Busia and Kisumu. He promised that the same counties will get their share from the National Government as well,”this will ensure that health in these Counties is boosted by the Central Government.’’ Rutto emphasised.
The Deputy President was accompanied by Kenya Medical Training Chairman Professor Philip Kaloki, KMTC National Director Peter Tum and other politicians including Nandi County Governor Dr Cleophas Lagat.
The governor on his part said that his government will work hand in hand with the National Government in ensuring that Nandi locals benefit from the two governments in terms of health services and in other sectors.
Dr Lagat urged Rutto to traverse across the country uniting all the tribes to be a Kenyan tribe of the same patriotism.
Nandi Deputy Governor Dominic Biwot said the county will gain massively from a partnership deal with Amethyst Technologies to put up a Sh250 million agricultural research Centre at Kaimosi.
He also revealed that the County had also signed sister-to-sister programmes with Maryland State, County partnership with Fredrick County and Bloomington City in Minnesota, which will partner with Kapsabet Town.
“Our partnership with Michigan was also reaffirmed. We have already received two box state-of-the-art mini-theatre ambulances from the State,” said Biwott .