News highlights June 16 2017

News highlights June 16 2017

Kenya partners with Canada to fight anemia in women

Due to high cases anaemia among girls and women, the Ministry of Health in collaboration with Nutrition International, a Canadian organisation, has launched an iron supplement programme to deal with the problem.The program which is also funded by the Canadian Government is expected to benefit 21 counties. Reports show one in four women in the country suffers from anemia causing low weight birth among newborn babies. The initiative main aim is to go a long way in fighting malnutrition in the country and reducing cases of anemia.

Counties to be allocated more money

Counties will receive a total of Sh345.69 billion in the next financial year. This will include Sh4.5 billion for the medical equipment leasing scheme, Sh900 million for free maternal care, Sh4.2 billion for Level Five hospitals, Sh605 million for the construction of county headquarters, and Sh2 billion for youth polytechnics. There is also an additional Sh31.48 billion that is not part of the shareable revenue comprising Sh11 billion from the Fuel Levy Fund and Sh20.4 billion from loans and grants from donors.

Governors threaten action against striking nurses

Governors want striking nurses to return to work and have threatened to take administrative and legal action against striking nurses who will not resume duty. They say the nurses should return to work because they are taking part in an unprotected strike and that it is unjustified that the current strike is a continuation of the 2016 industrial action since the return-to-work formula signed last year ended that strike.If the union is dissatisfied with the negotiation process, governors say, it should have lodged a dispute with the Labour Cabinet Secretary.


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