Canada grants WHO Kenya Ksh 120m to combat COVID-19

first_imgHe noted that radio messaging will be used to reach groups in remote locations, using local languages and additional technical personnel deployed to the counties to support those activities.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 Dr Rudi said they had observed the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in the recent weeks and scaling up of community transmission in Kenya.Also Read  Teachers to report back to school on Monday“We have also seen a reverse in individual’s behavior, from wide-spread compliance before opening up locked-down locations to people now not wearing masks, keeping distance or sustaining hygiene and protective measures. We believe that the rising numbers of transmission are in part a reflection of this general apathy and non-compliance.” He saidNoting that the response to the pandemic by the Kenyan government has been strong, but with challenges.Also Read  Govt moves to resolve land allocation dispute in East Mau“As the disease outbreak develops in Kenya,  we are working to ensure interventions are relevant and strategic. The need for resources cannot be understated. We are at a very critical part of the response and looking at other parts of the African continent, things do not look great for Kenya. We need to scale up the effort with much needed resources so that health care workers and disease tracers can do what is required to curtail the spread of the virus. We truly thank the Canadian Government for this generous grant.“ He addedDr Rudi said WHO is committed to supporting the county as it goes through the critical stage adding that experience and lessons from other regions of the continent and elsewhere as well as ongoing scientific studies continue to guide their support in strengthening the country.Also Read  Uhuru extends curfew ahead of his address Tuesday next week“As we`re seeing from around the world, the only way that we can open up our communities and economies safely, so people can return to work, is for individuals to follow the health guidance that we now know all so well. Canada echoes the urgings of His Excellency President Kenyatta, the CS for Health and the Government of Kenya for individuals to heed the best practices to stop the spread of the virus. We thank Dr. Eggers and WHO Kenya for their tireless efforts to slow down the spread of COVID in Kenya,” said Lisa The Government of Canada is providing WHO Kenya with a grant worth Ksh 120, 723,003.38 to support government’s efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.The grant will be used to specifically to strengthen Kenya’s surveillance and testing capability with a focus on vulnerable population and contact tracing across the counties.In a statement Tuesday, WHO Kenya Representative Dr Rudi Eggers, said the grant will also be used to build the capacity of health workers to engage communities and work with community and religious leaders, women, youth and special groups to inform communities about how to embrace protective measures and practice safe behavior.last_img

Ulster snatch late draw

first_imgA last-minute try from Ireland wing Andrew Trimble saw Ulster snatch a 32-32 draw against Scarlets in a dramatic and hugely entertaining Guinness Pro12 clash at Parc y Scarlets. A breathless opening saw three tries scored inside the first 14 minutes. The opener came after just two minutes and was scored by wing Harry Robinson – one of three new signings making their Scarlets debut. A clever chip and chase by Wales centre Scott Williams set up the attack, but after he spilled the ball, Ulster attempted to counter from deep. The Irish province were then turned over and with men over, slick Scarlets handling put the former Blues flyer over in the corner and fly-half Rhys Priestland converted. Ulster’s response was impressive. From an attacking line-out, the white forwards charged at the home line and the Scarlets defence was eventually stretched enough for South African debutant Franco van der Merwe to drive over for a score converted by fly-half Ian Humphreys. Priestland landed a penalty straight from the restart, but back came Ulster with a second try inside four minutes – from Van der Merwe’s second-row partner Dan Tuohy. It was a score created by a sublime break from centre Stuart Olding, who proved a handful all afternoon. But in keeping with an electric first half, that only prompted the Scarlets into action. With Scotland flanker John Barclay to the fore, the home side piled on the pressure and eventually Ulster’s defence succumbed with number eight Rory Pitman – a summer arrival from London Wasps – touching down out wide. Press Association Priestland was again on target with the extras before Ulster were denied their third try. South African full-back Louis Ludik – another on debut – thought he had crossed, but the Scarlets had felt there had been obstruction in the build-up, a view referee Peter Fitzgibbon eventually agreed with after a lengthy TMO review on the big screen. Humphreys reduced the deficit to 17-15 with a long-range penalty, but it was the Scarlets who had the final word of a superb half of rugby. With Ulster on the attack, lock Jake Ball came up with the ball, fed scrum-half Gareth Davies and last year’s top try-scorer raced 60 metres to the line with Priestland’s conversion making it 24-15 at the break. A rash challenge from Tuohy on Scott Williams five minutes after the restart saw Priestland add three more points to the scoreboard with the Ireland lock sin-binned for the offence. However, Scarlets also found themselves a man short straight from the restart when full-back Liam Williams was shown yellow for a deliberate knock down as Ulster pressed and Humphreys reduced the deficit to 27-18. A great counter from replacement Gareth Owen saw Davies claim his second on 62 minutes, but to their credit Ulster refused to throw in the towel. Ludik crossed wide out on 68 minutes and Humphreys converted to narrow the gap to just seven points. Then, after Liam Williams was dismissed a minute from time , Trimble was put away and Humphreys made no mistake with the conversion to rescue a share of the points for Ulster. The Scarlets had led 32-18 with 17 minutes left on the clock, but spearheaded by second-half replacements Trimble and powerhouse number eight Nick Williams, the Ulstermen came surging back to share the spoils. It was a fantastic advert for the Pro12 with both sides willing to give the ball air, running in four tries each to finish with three points apiece for their efforts. last_img read more