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Tour operators liaise with Tourism Ministry to pump new life into sector

A team of Nakuru County Tour Operators has liaised with the country’s Tourism Ministry in a bid to pump new life into the sector.

The operators paid a courtesy call to the Ministry of Tourism offices yesterday to discuss ways that can help spur development within the industry.

They appealed to the Ministry to ask the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) to consider giving schools a standard fee when visiting local parks, a move that they say will help reinvigorate the tourism sector.

At the meeting, Tourism Principal Secretary Fatuma Hirsi discussed areas of concern including tarmacking of roads in Narok to ease access to the Maasai Mara National Park.

Health Ministry warns of SCD dangers ahead of World Sickle Cell Awareness Day

The Ministry of Health today commemorated World Sickle Cell Awareness Day in a bid to help increase public knowledge and raise awareness of Sickle Cell Disease (SCD).

Every year, on June 19, the African Region joins the global community to commemorate the Day. This year’s theme entitled “Let’s Talk Sickle cell” aims to increase awareness about the disease and give hope to patients who have been diagnosed with sickle cell. It is estimated that 75 to 85 per cent of children with SCD are born in Africa, where mortality rates for under 5 years range from 50 to 80 per cent. In Kenya, 2 out of every 10 newborns have the trait and disease, with 60 to 80 per cent of them dying before their fifth birthday.

The disease has potential to interfere with many aspects of the patient’s life, including education, employment and psychosocial development. It is for these reasons that my Ministry has prioritised prevention and management of this disease.

Airtel celebrates Iftar with Muslim communities

In the spirit of the Ramadan festive season, Airtel Kenya will this afternoon be handing over water and dates, which will be distributed to 30 Mosques across the country. The company will also be hosting a special Iftar dinner for the Muslim community this evening at the Jamia Mosque in Nairobi.

Bharti Airtel Limited is a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa. Headquartered in New Delhi, India, the company ranks amongst the top 3 mobile service providers globally in terms of subscribers.

 

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