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HIV MENACE: Girls between 15 and 24 years have the highest number of new infections

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Kenya’s quest to stop the spread of HIV is facing a new demographics challenge after it was found that girls aged between 15 and 24 now account for the highest number of new infections.

The 2018 Kenya Aids Response Progress Report shows that young women aged between 15 and 24 now account for one third of the 44,789 new HIV adult infections.

The National Aids Control Council (NACC) report shows that total new infections stand at 52,767 annually, including 7,978 children, meaning 14,929 girls aged between 15 and 24 were infected in 2017 alone.

Joshua Gitonga the head of Monitoring and Evaluation at NACC, reckons the rapid erosion of moral and social skills among the affected age group is to blame for the wild spread, especially in the cities where young women are dating older men for financial gain.

“Trans-generational sex that happens when girls go for older partners is something that cannot be overlooked,” he said.

Among young people between 15 and 24 years, Nairobi had the highest number of new infections at 2,587 followed by Homa Bay (1,852), Siaya (1,641), Kisumu (1,630) and Migori (1,143).

Mr Gitonga said the youth, especially young females, are not properly empowered to use available prevention methods.

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“This target group lacks comprehensive knowledge of HIV and do not have access to prevention methods because the majority rely on guardians for all their health issues,” said Mr Gitonga.

Early sexual activity is known to increase the period of time adolescents are exposed to the risk of sexually transmitted infections or unintended pregnancies.

The report, which also collates data among children and adults, says that new infections among those aged 15 years dropped from 48,108 in 2016 to 44,789 in 2017.

New infections among females are at 27,233 while that of males stand at 17,556.

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City house help caught on CCTV beating up an infant

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Irene Nzisa,

A 31-year-old house help was caught on camera beating up a three-month-old while feeding her with a bottle of milk.

The house help, identified as Irene Nzisa, had been employed at a Mlolongo home a month and a half ago to be the caregiver of two children.

Her employer installed a nanny cam in the living room to help her keep tabs of what happens in the house in her absence.

SHOCK OF HER LIFE

On Monday, the employer got the shock of her life when she left the house to take her older daughter to the hospital. On checking the live feed from her nanny cam, she saw Nzisa beating up her infant daughter.

A footage of the incident, shared with Nairobi News, showed Nzisa feeding the young one and at some point places the bottle of milk on the table and starts beating up the infant on her hands and thighs.

After a while, she stopped feeding the baby and placed her on the baby nest while pointing at her in rage.

“I was in shock, we could not proceed to the hospital after I saw that video. I just went straight home and on my way I contacted my husband who came with the police,” the mother of two told Nairobi News.

Nzisa was arrested and locked up at Mlolongo police post for a night before she was released the following day.

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“Her brother talked me out of pressing charges against his sister so I just withdrew the charges and she was released the following day.

‘HURT OTHER CHILDREN’

“I am however scared she may end up in someone’s house and hurt other children that is why I’m spreading the information,” said the mother of two.

The elder daughter, a three year old, had showed signs of disinterest in Nzisa.

The house help often complained that the elder girl was being troublesome.

“She kept complaining that my daughter was being troublesome but I never knew she would take it out on the three month old,” the mother told Nairobi News.

Nzisa has since been released from police custody after her brother pleaded with the mother of the child she assaulted.

source:Nairobinews

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Graduate becomes a guard at his former school – VIDEO

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A University of Eldoret graduate in Bachelor of Science (Statistics) has resorted to being a guard at his former secondary school after failing to secure a job in his area of study.

Ernest Maiki Abraham returned to RCEA Kuinet Secondary School, where he left in 2011 after scoring a B+ in his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations, to man the institution’s main entrance.

The graduate told KTN that he resorted to being a guard after his efforts to secure a white collar job proved fruitless.

“Sikutarajia kama naeza kuwa hapa hata siku moja, hata vile nimejaribu nikakosa nikasema ai wacha niishie tu kwenye nitaishia kwa sababu nimejaribu nikajaribu na nguvu zote sijafaulu,” he said.

Maiki has sent out job application letters to top employers including tech companies, multinational corporates and supermarkets.

“Inafika mahali unakata tamaa, kwanza nikiwa University of Eldoret vitu mingi ilifika mpaka inanikazia wakati wa graduation. Inafika mpaka unakata tamaa kwa sababu maisha imekuwa ngumu,” he added.

He relies on his meagre guard salary to take care of his living expenses and those of his younger siblings.

source:nairobinews

 

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Parliament cop found dead in suspected murder by lover

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Constable Hellen Kwamboka

A policewoman attached to Parliament was on Friday found dead in her house in Umoja estate.

Police say Constable Hellen Kwamboka failed to turn up for work on Friday and a decision to mount a search was made.

Detectives from Buruburu police station broke into her house only  to find her lying in a pool of blood with a deep cut on her head and blood stains all over the house.

The police say the deceased bore signs of strangulation on the neck.

“No murder weapon was recovered from the scene and it is believed that a boyfriend who visited her on Thursday had murdered her before escaping,” read a police report filed at Buruburu police station.

The scene was visited by the DCIO Buruburu and detectives.

Strangely, the police report stated that the door was locked from inside even as they insisted on the “boyfriend murder” narrative.

“The officers found the house locked from inside and suspected something was unusual. The house was broken into and the body of the officer found lying on her bed,” read the police report.

Constable Kwamboka’s phone is still missing and police suspect it was “stolen and switched off.”

Ms Kwamboka’s body has been taken to Chiromo mortuary as investigations into the matter kicked off.

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