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HEROIC: Meet the Kenyans helping contain Coronavirus in China

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When Raphael Nyaruaba got a scholarship to study in China, he knew he was just part of hundreds of lucky Kenyan students training under the Sino-Africa Joint Research Centre, Beijing’s programme to enhance science research cooperation.

But somehow, he expected that the nature of his profession, medical microbiology, would one day plunge him in the middle of a health emergency.

Since the start of January, Mr Nyaruaba, an alumnus of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), has been part of a group of dedicated researchers poring over coronavirus, to learn how to tame it.

The virus, whose emergency was confirmed early this month, has seen Wuhan City — the headquarters of China’s Hebei province — on a lockdown as authorities try to prevent it from spreading elsewhere.

The authorities are centred at Wuhan Institute of Virology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Mr Nyaruaba is on the team trying to get answers for the scientific community there.

“I wasn’t deployed but as I am studying. When asked to help, we all answered the call,” he told the Nation by phone.

“It is the least we can do,” he said referring to the work at Institute which has become the main reference centre of the province and the entire China.

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Mr Nyaruaba went to China in 2017, after completing his internship at Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) in Nairobi. Part of his studies have involved research on viral detection and what scientists call ‘isolation’, the actual identification of specific strains.

“Since the current outbreak, we have been hands-on, trying to help as much as we can,” he says.

Coronaviruses, according to the WHO are a group of viruses that cause diseases in humans, other mammals and birds, causing respiratory infections that often appear like common colds with mild symptoms such as fever and coughs but which may kill on occasion.

The WHO says the viral effect of coronavirus is likened to others such as the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars); all of which, when they emerged, caused a near shut down of areas originated.

The virus has seen effects go far beyond the epicenter in Wuhan. Kenya for instance announced it was on high alert as there is at least a dozen people arriving into the country from China every day.

The US, Japan, South Korea have also been alerted of a possible spread.

As is the situation with every medical emergency, the city in question can be on a lockdown. Chinese authorities announced last week there will be no departures for residents, creating fear of possible food shortage. Some foreign embassies have planned to relocate their residents while the Kenyan embassy in Beijing says it was monitoring the situation to determine the next step.

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For Mr Nyaruaba though, the incidence is giving him double responsibility: He is vice-president of the Kenyans in Wuhan Association.

“We are currently asking Kenyans to always keep us updated about their condition and where they are. So far, most of them are safe,” he said referring to is compatriots in Wuhan, most of them scientists on scholarship.

Much of the work Mr Nyaruaba is doing about the virus in the lab is classified, so he wouldn’t discuss it with Nation. However, he did say the emergency, like any other in the world, has required long hours of study and tests on the possible ways of taming the spread of the virus.

But there are lessons for his home country. A specialist in arboviruses (the group of viruses spread through some insects, but which can be deadly to humans), he says Kenya and peers in the region need to be on the look-out.

“That is my passion. I studied more on arboviruses during my internship at KEMRI. I got to learn about various viruses and their outbreaks in Kenya. And I would love to help prevent such outbreaks in future and help my country t plan for better emergency responses.

“Uganda and Kenya are notorious for such, like the Yellow Fever outbreak (last week), I hope Kenya is doing much in monitoring the Coronavirus especially since there are a lot of people coming to Kenya from China. Some may have come from the recent holiday. “

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He recently wrote a paper on “a review of medically important mosquito-borne Arboviruses”, in which he and other researchers; Caroline Mwaliko, Matilu Mwau, Samar Mousa and Hongping Wei concluded the East African region is vulnerable.

“The future spread of mosquito-borne arboviruses from country to country within the EAC may be facilitated with the rapid expansion in trade, transport and fluctuating environmental conditions,” they observed in the recent edition Pathogens and Global Journal.

“We, therefore, recommend that the EAC governing structure make it a priority to increase vigilance of the spread of mosquito vectors and also monitor the introduction/spread of new arboviruses within the EAC.

-nation.co.ke


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VIDEO: Kenyans in Diaspora reject BBI report, referendum

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A lobby for Kenyans  in the diaspora is urging voters to reject the  Building Bridges Initiative report in the  referendum being championed by President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga.

According to Commonwealth Voter Privileges Right Association (COVPRA) the report is being imposed on Kenyans after the views of  certain groups and  elected leaders views were rejected..

Uhuru and Raila have rejected amendments to the final report saying those opposing it had time to give their views to the fourteen member committee they appointment.

 

The lobby avers that the recommendations in the final report do not represent the position of all Kenyans and a contested referendum would divide Kenyans.

“Kenyans should reject the BBI report. It is two man initiative that is being imposed on the people. The clergy have rejected it, several groups have rejected it. It’s not a Wanjiku Initiative. A few people and their surrogates want to change the Constitution for their personal gain,” Mr David Kimengere Waititu, the association’s Organising secretary told the Nation.

“It would have been  necessary to allow debate on all the issues that  arose in the final report  before coming  up with a bill. Kenyans are being taken for a ride,”  he said.

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In June the group petitioned the committee  led by Garissa senator Yusuf Hajji to allow views from all dissenting voices saying all Kenyans should be allowed to participate.

“Freedom to Assembly, Freedom of expression and Freedom to political participation are so important in a  process like this one. It would be a sham  if the BBI Team was to ignore the views of some Kenyans. During the  meetings to sensitize the public on the initiative,” Kimengere said.

Leaders allied to Deputy President William Ruto and civil society are opposed to some of the proposals in the final report.

The group says a contested referendum would leave the country divided.

“We do not want a process that would leave Kenyans more divided. Let all Kenyans reject this report in a referendum to save their country from a few people who think they own Kenya.  We in Covpra, have our motherland at heart,” he said.

 Covpra said that the future of Kenya lies in the hands of the hollo polloi and not it’s leaders.

“ We call upon the Kenyans poor not to buy to the schemes of the dynasties. Let us protect our country by rejecting this monster called BBI if it goes to the referendum.

The group said in a statement that Kenyans should reject plots by politician to engage in chaos.

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“At the end, this might result to   a badly contested referendum and  create a poisoned society ahead of the 2022 general elections. Let’s refuse any incitement to violence and stand up against the dynasties to shape the future of Kenya,” he says.

In their June petition, the group cited the strained relations between the Executive and the Judiciary and the fall out in the ruling Jubilee party over the process as a matter of concern.

“Our position stands that there is no proposal  to fix the simmering tensions between the two arms of government and between the two leaders of the Executive,” Mr Kimengere stated.

-nation.co.ke


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Life In America No One Tells You About

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BY BOB MWITI

Life in America no one tells you about. In this video, you will learn the following.

1.My journey to the US

2.Opportunities in USA

3.Challenges immigrants face in USA

4.How to transition from a student to a skilled worker in corporate America

5.The attractions & opportunities in the city Of Tampa

A Little Bit About Me!

I am a former international student in USA and I am a senior IT consultant in the areas of Oracle EBS Financials and Robotics Process Automation (RPA) here in USA. I am the programs director of Appstec America – A consulting company based in Tampa, Florida, USA.

I’ve been blessed to have learned a lot in my career as an IT consultant. My life has truly changed, and I’ve made it my mission to give back and serve others beyond myself. Whether that be helping you to relocate to USA as an international student, train you as an IT consultant, help you start and build your own online business, creating your financial freedom, motivating you to pursue your goals and dreams, to being more productive, to inspiring you to constantly improve yourself.

My mission is to get you to wake up to the unlimited potential within you and achieve what you’re truly capable of through my various self-development training programs.On the internet, I openly and passionately share my life experiences and all of the very best concepts, strategies, tools, and resources that I continue to discover that have made a measurable difference to my life, and will do for you as well.

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Keep your dream alive and never give up! To learn about my company’s amazing programs, please go to;

www.appstecamerica.com or www.successwithbobmwiti.com

Contact me at;
success@successwithbobmwiti.com
info@appstecamerica.com
+1 813-573-5619 ext 402


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VIDEO: 28 year old Kenyan woman marries a 60 year old German and tongues can’t stop wagging

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Ciru Njuguna is 28 and her husband Greg Twiss is 60. Please don’t let that age gap fool you, these two deeply love each other and they are living their best life together.

But when people say Ciru is just after Greg’s money and he will end up in a septic tank, that gets to her. She is not ashamed of her relationship and strongly urges the public to let other people be.

“My German husband is older than my father. People say I am his slave and he is a colonial master,” she says.

She sat down with Lynn Ngugi for this exclusive episode of Tuko Talks and this is her story.


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