Weekly Health News Round-Up

March 2, 2020

24 Feb – 1 Mar 2020 


Sunday, 1 Mar, 2020 

America’s uninsured worried about coronavirus time bomb (Daily Nation, ​KE, AFP)

Like many Americans, bartender Danjale Williams is worried about the growing threat of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Drugs deficit hits county hospitals over Kemsa law change (Daily Nation, ​KE, VERAH OKEYO)

Hospitals are facing a drug shortage due to an amendment to the law that barred county governments from buying medical supplies from any agency except the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa).

Fact Check: Does milk cause breast cancer? What to know (The Standard digital, ​KE, Hillary Orinde)

A post went viral online on Friday, claiming that “a worrying new study had warned drinking milk can increase your risk of breast cancer by up to 80 per cent”.

To avert diseases, let’s improve surveillance (The Standard digital, ​KE, Magae Gikenyi)

China has been battling an outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19), which originated in Wuhan, Hubei province.

Questions over ‘missing’ masks amid corona virus threat (The Daily Nation, Angela Oketch)

A shortage of drugs and face masks may hinder any fight against coronavirus if the deadly disease reaches Kenya, an investigation by the Nation has revealed.

Unapproved drug that saved my son in his hour of need (The Daily Nation, KE, Yusuf K. Dawood)

A post went viral online on Friday, claiming that “a worrying new study had warned drinking milk can increase your risk of breast cancer by up to 80 per cent”.

Study raises alarm over low uptake of HIV drugs (The Standard digital, ​KE, Gatonye Gathura)

One of the largest campaigns to recruit Kenyans for the HIV prevention pill has reported low uptake, poor adherence and serious drug related side effects.

Coronavirus: Antibiotics, fever relievers helping passengers beat checks at airports (The Daily Nation, ​KE, Verah Okeyo)

Experts have faulted the checks put in place to fight coronavirus and revealed how passengers are beating them at airports across the world.


Saturday, 29 Feb, 2020 

Another scare as man is secluded over coronavirus  (The Standard digital, ​KE, Jeckonia Otieno)

A Kenyan exhibiting symptoms of coronavirus will be quarantined for 14 days even after testing negative to the disease.

Coronavirus concerns force Wada to cancel symposium (Daily Nation, ​KE, AFP)

The World Anti-Doping Agency has cancelled its annual symposium and related athlete session in Switzerland over concerns about the coronavirus epidemic.

Acid test for Kagwe as he takes over at Afya House (Standard Digital News, ​KE, Mercy Adhiambo)

Mutahi Kagwe finds himself in the centre of the biggest global health disaster after he was sworn in as Health Cabinet Secretary yesterday.

Pressure piles on State to act amid Coronavirus fear (Standard Digital News, ​KE, Mercy Orengo)

With outraged Kenyans demanding action from government and students in China asking to be brought back home, top officials insist Kenya is well prepared to deal with coronavirus.

State says reports of first positive coronavirus case at KNH false (Standard Digital News, ​KE, Hillary Orinde)

The reports that a patient with coronavirus is admitted at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) are false, according to the Ministry of Health.

No coronavirus patient is admitted to KNH, state says (Daily Nation, ​KE, Jill Namatsi)

The government, the Health ministry and Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) have denied reports of a confirmed case of the deadly coronavirus at the facility in Nairobi.

Coronavirus in Africa: Is Kenya ready? (Daily Nation, ​KE, Scheaffer Okore)

Countries like Kenya should be working to protect health workers and engaging groups that are at a high risk by striving to contain the spread.

Alarm over rising number of mums killing their babies (Standard Digital News, ​KE, Beldeen Waliaula)

Lost in the din of ordinary struggles and scandals pounding the Kenyan society, the story of Kenya’s growing cases of infanticide — killing of healthy newborns — is slowly being buried.

President disbands disaster team as fear mounts over Corona (Standard Digital News, ​KE, Daniel Wesangula)

A furious President Uhuru Kenyatta  yesterday disbanded an inter-ministerial committee over its repeated failures to adequately protect the country from the Corona virus.

Friday, 28 Feb, 2020 

In battle against HIV women must bring men along (Daily Nation, ​KE, Faith Oneya)

Women need men to be more interested in learning their HIV status. Research has also shown that women take their antiretroviral medication in a timely manner.

Court orders hunt for 239 Chinese travellers and suspends flights (Standard Digital News, ​KE, Paul Ogemba)

The High Court has ordered the government to immediately hunt and confine the 239 Chinese who jetted into the country on Wednesday, causing fears of spreading the deadly coronavirus.

Vet on call: Telling difference between black quarter and anthrax (Daily Nation, ​KE, Dr Joseph Mugachia)

Like an anthrax patient, Daisy had died suddenly and was in good body condition. However, the whole body had stiffened in a process called rigour mortis.

Watch out, threat of coronavirus could derail our athletes’ dreams (Standard Digital News, ​KE, Editorial)

The writing has been on the wall for months now. The world was waiting for Kenya’s word on a possibility that the Tokyo Olympic Games will go on as planned.

Kenya Airways employee suspended for recording arrival of China plane (Standard Digital News, ​KE, Sara Okuro)

A Kenya Airways staffer has been suspended for recording the arrival of a China Southern Airline plane at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on Wednesday night.

Coronavirus: Nairobi ranked sixth among Africa’s riskiest cities (Daily Nation, ​KE, John Kamau, Vincent Achuka)

Nairobi is now ranked sixth among African cities whose populations are at high risk of being infected with Covid-19.

Coronavirus fear grips Narok East after 6 Chinese arrive (Daily Nation, ​KE, George Sayagie)

A coronavirus scare has gripped Narok East Sub-County as six Chinese nationals involved in a construction project are on a 14-day quarantine.

Governor Awiti intensifies fight against new HIV infections (Daily Nation, ​KE, George Odiwuor)

Homa Bay county has intensified the fight against HIV infections through a new initiative to promote the use of antiretroviral drugs.

Thursday, 27 Feb, 2020 

Seven out of 10 children ailing from cancer die (Standard Digital News, ​KE, Graham Kajilwa)

Only three out of 10 children diagnosed with cancer annually in the country survive, the cancer institute has revealed.

Enhance prevention, surveillance strategy to avert disease outbreak (Daily Nation, ​KE, Benjamin Magaregikenyi)

On Wednesday, a China Southern Airlines aeroplane carrying 239 people landed at JKIA.

Men more likely to transmit HIV than women, report finds (Daily Nation, ​KE, Angela Oketch)

Women are less likely to transmit HIV to their partners than men, according to a 2018 survey released last week.

The brazen ways Kenyans defraud medical insurers (Daily Nation, ​KE, Abiud Ochieng)

Medical insurance fraud has remained rampant as perpetrators employ various ways to illegally beat and profit from the system.

Unlike Kenya, countries are going ham on deadly coronavirus (Standard Digital News, ​KE, Mercy Asamba)

As Kenya urges people flying in from mainland China to self-quarantine, other governments are taking caution against the deadly flu-like virus that has the world on edge.

Diaper sensor technology to save babies from rashes (Daily Nation, ​KE, Aggrey Omboki)

Awful baby diaper rash could soon be a thing of the past after researchers developed a “smart” diaper implanted with a moisture sensor that can alert a caregiver when a diaper is wet.

News Coronavirus: Kenya gives update amid worry over China flight (Daily Nation, ​KE, Jill Namatasi)

The Health ministry on Thursday gave an update on preparedness for a coronavirus outbreak, saying it had taken several steps to keep the public safe.

Stopping flights from China would be discriminatory- Health Ministry (Standard Digital News, KE, Japeth Ogila)

Imposing a ban on flights from China due to the spread of Coronavirus would be discriminatory, Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr Rashid Aman has said.

Wednesday, 26 Feb, 2020 

Diabetes menace in Kenya: Is there hope for the disadvantaged? (Standard Digital News, KE, Lilian Motanya)

Today I want to speak for the voiceless hoping that the concerned parties will hear and take action. I bring to your attention a condition that has been thrown under the carpet for a while—Diabetes.

Coronavirus: Travellers talk of loneliness in self-isolation(Daily Nation, ​KE, Nasibo Kabale, Winnie Atieno)

For 15 days, Vincent Li, his wife Luo Wang and their child Joy Li would take their temperatures in the morning and evening before sending the results back to the Chinese embassy.

Supreme Court judge Wanjala hospitalised in India with swine flu (Standard Digital News, KE, Hillary Orinde)

Supreme Court judge Smokin Wanjala (pictured) is down with H1NI, otherwise known as swine flu, Chief Justice David Maraga confirmed on Wednesday.

KMPDC finds Nairobi Women’s Hospital guilty of misconduct (Standard Digital News, KE, Grace Ng’ang’a)

The Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Council (KMPDC) has found the Nairobi Women’s Hospital guilty of operating outside the ethics of good clinical practices.

TECH BREAK: Internet giants fight spread of coronavirus untruths (Daily Nation, ​KE, AFP)

As the new coronavirus spreads globally, the online battle to keep misinformation about the disease is also stepping up.

I lost all hair, but I’ve learnt to rise above ridicule (Daily Nation, ​KE, Soni Kanake)

My name is Gladys Chege and I have been a kindergarten and Sunday school teacher for the last 21 years

Smokin Wanjala recovering well from swine flu: Maraga (Daily Nation, ​KE, Nation Reporter)

Chief Justice David Maraga has confirmed reports that Supreme Court Judge Smokin Wanjala contracted H1N1, also known as swine flu, while in India for a judicial conference.

Tuesday, 25 Feb, 2020 

Diabetes menace in Kenya: Is there hope for the disadvantaged? (Standard Digital News, KE, Lilian Motanya)

Today I want to speak for the voiceless hoping that the concerned parties will hear and take action. I bring to your attention a condition that has been thrown under the carpet for a while—Diabetes.

Patients at risk of unsafe blood as cash veins dry up (Standard Digital News, KE, Dr. Mercy Korir)

The state of blood transfusion services in Kenya has hit the red line.The once regular heart beat that supplied blood to all Kenyans in need is nearly a flat line, as the cash veins run dry at the Kenya National Blood Transfusion Services (KNBTS) unit of the Ministry of Health.


Monday, 24 Feb, 2020 

Why Kenyan men just can’t stand vasectomy (Standard Digital News, KE, Patrick Beja)

Only one per cent of Kenyan men have undergone a vasectomy, says the Kenya Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society (Kogs).

How to lower your blood pressure naturally (Standard Digital News, KE, Pauline Muindi)

Getting a high blood pressure reading at the doctor’s office can be tough on anybody. Although high blood pressure is a serious health concern, it’s often referred to as a silent killer because it can creep on you without any symptoms.

Man’s quest to find cure for epilepsy leads him to a wife (Daily Nation, KE, Verah Okeyo)

After years of being heart broken, Alice Nduta met Mathew Odero, a man whose gentleness touched her and she swore to marry and protect him.

WHO warns of pandemic risk after virus peaks in China (Standard Digital News, KE, AFP)

The new coronavirus has peaked in China but could still grow into a pandemic, the World Health Organization has warned, as infections mushroom in other countries.

Fact Check: Are Africans immune to Coronavirus? (Standard Digital News, KE, Sigomba Ramadhan And Grace Ng’ang’a)

Despite several major scares, Africa is so far is free from the deadly virus called Covid-19 or commonly Coronavirus.

Kenya ill-prepared to tackle coronavirus outbreak (Daily Nation, KE, Nation Team)

Kenya and other African nations are not fully prepared for the possible outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19).