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7,900 city clinics operating illegally: report

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At least 7,900 health facilities in Nairobi County are not registered or licensed and are therefore operating illegally, a report has revealed.

The report by the Nairobi County Assembly’s Health Services committee, tabled before the House on Wednesday, revealed that out of the 9,043 health facilities across the county, only 1,079 were registered and licensed to operate.

This means that a whopping 7,964 health facilities are in business illegally and that most Nairobi residents, especially those in informal settlements, could be getting health services from ‘quacks’.

The report resulted from concerns raised by MCAs Francis Ngesa and Joseph Wambugu, who said they were perturbed by the increase in the number of illegal health facilities in the city.

The MCAs’ concerns followed the death of a Dandora activist Caroline Mwatha which police said was because of a botched abortion at New Njiru Clinic in Dandora Ward.

“City Hall launched a crackdown on health facilities in collaboration with regulatory boards and councils in the country between December 5 and 7, 2018, inspecting 147 health facilities,” said committee chair and Roysambu MCA Peter Warutere.

“Facilities that did not comply with health requirements were closed.”

However, minority whip Peter Imwatok faulted the committee and the Executive, saying they had not taken any actions to safeguard the lives of Nairobi residents.

He said the unlicensed health facilities were not closed as soon as possible.

“This report simply means that out of every 10 health facilities that Nairobi residents visit, eight are likely to be unlicensed, putting lives at risk. I expected the Executive to have closed all the unregistered clinics but to date they are still operating.”

The Makongeni Ward MCA called on the committee to take the matter seriously and ensure all city health facilities are safe.

In his response, Mr Warutere said his team was up to task and would work with the Executive to ensure unlicensed and unregistered health facilities were shut down.

City Hall’s Health Services executive Mohamed Dagane explained that the county’s role is to inspect health facilities upon requests by proprietors.

The proprietors must be accredited to operate medical institutions by the respective regulatory boards and must have valid practising licences.

It is the regulatory boards that are ensure compliance with regulations, Mr Dagane said, adding that the inspection of medical facilities is only done once for the purpose of registration.

The regulators include the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Board, the Nursing Council of Kenya, Clinical Officers Council, the Laboratory and Radiology boards and the Pharmacy and Poisons Board.

Nevertheless, Mr Dagane said they had collaborated with the Ministry of Health and the regulators to train five health inspectors whose mandate would be to inspect all facilities to enhance patients’ safety and care.

“The officers are in the process of being gazetted as joint health inspectors,” he said, adding that others were on the ground for verification and corrective measures in terms of compliance.

source:nation.co.ke

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  1. jane

    April 18, 2019 at 9:26 am

    hello

    where does one go to report an illegal clinic which does not have the necessary legal requirements yet it is operating.

    thank you

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Nimrod Taabu parades his cooking skills while preparing special dinner for wife

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Nimrod Taabu is not just good with reading the Swahili news; but also a good cook who has left many men feeling the pressure after parading his cooking skills!

Well, just like a good husband Nimrod took his time to prepare what looks like a yummy vegetable dinner with some rice.

As seen on his Twitter, Nimrod left his fans salivating with photos of the finished product proving that away from TV; he might as well start a 5 star hostel!

This is however one of the very few times Nimrod has come out to share any information about his wife on social media.

Nimrod Taabu’s dinner

Tulieni sasa. This is what i was doing for her. Amesema tukimaliza kula nijifunge mask ya doktari kwa macho…😉

Nimrod’s mum

Well, having been raised by a mother (Alice Taabu) who was not only a chef but a TV host for a cooking show proves that Nimrod was raised right! This means he probably spent most of his time in the kitchen while his mum prepared food; and of course learnt one or two things about the kitchen.

For this reason Nimrod Taabu’s wife must feel like the luckiest woman in the world especially with her husband handy in the kitchen!

Husband material!

For those doubting his skills, Nimrod challenged his colleagues/friends Linus Kaikai, Jageyo; Rashid Abdalla among others to show what they are made of!

However looking at the photos of the meals prepared by Taabu, I can understand why the ‘boys club’ members could not accept the online challenge.

The NTV news anchor however joins the list of romantic men in Kenya; and truth is they don’t make them like they used to before! Probably the younger generation of men should try and learn a thing from Nimrod who has proven that men can also belong in the kitchen!

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Ezekiel Mutua recalls day he was fired by Nation Media Group

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Kenya Film Classification Board CEO Ezekiel Mutua has recalled the day her was fired by Nation Media Group.

In a tweet, the ‘moral police’ disclosed that a dismissal letter was dropped at his desk back in 2002, bringing his 9 years stay at Nation Centre to an abrupt end.

“In February 2002 a letter was dropped at my desk at the 3rd fl, Nation Centre. It was a summary dismissal. My 9 years at the NMG had come to an abrupt & painful end.

“I walked out with nothing but faith. Today I am glad they sacked me. May God be with all those who have been fired” tweeted Ezekiel Mutua.

Mutua’s revelation comes just two days after Nation Media Group laid-off a number of its employees over financial instability brought about by the COVID-19.

In 2018, Mutua disclosed that his letter to His Highness the Aga Khan and the NMG board over poor pay of journalists and corruption in the media rendered him jobless.

“I was sacked at NMG in 2002 (summary dismissal) after I differed with the NMG management. The bone of contention was a letter I had written to His Highness the Aga Khan and the NMG board over poor pay of journalists and corruption in the media.

“I was the Secretary General of the Kenya Union of Journalists but the management was treating me like a mere employee and threatening me with a sack.

“When I left Nation Centre in February 2002 many journalists celebrated. Few said a word in my defense. Many were used by media owners to tarnish my name. Ever since the media has tried to destroy me at every turn but God has protected me” said Mutua.

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Michelle Ntalami sets record straight days after fueling lesbianism rumors with Makena Njeri

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Last week, Michelle Ntalami and Makena Njeri sparked speculations that they were an item after Makena serenaded the Marini Naturals’ CEO with sweet words on her birthday.

Now, the Nairobi-born entrepreneur has decided to clear the air on the issue once and for all, calling out clout chasers for “affixing labels on people who are not what they call them”.

Michelle articulated that relationships’ dynamics are too complex for someone to just slap a label on another person. Before clarifying:

If I haven’t said it myself, you have no right to go labeling me this or that. I hardly address trolls. But today I’m setting the record straight! Get this from both the Queen and the horse’s mouth; I AM NOT WHAT YOU ARE LABELLING ME.

This was all she had to stay, before categorically stating “she is not here to explain her life to anybody nor admit to any allegations leveled against her”.

When I work hard, you troll. When I play hard, you troll. When I love hard, you troll. TF?

The young entrepreneur went ahead to confess to her fans that “she never signed up to be anyone’s role model”.

So if her life is a bother to anyone, then they could as well pack and leave.

I signed up to live my dream! If this has inspired others along the way, great! So pick what floats your boat about me and move with it. But don’t tell me how I should live my life, what I should ‘admit’ to or what position you reckon I like.

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