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Nairobi News : November 4th 2013
news FAITH NYAMAI, NairobiNews email@example.com Pumwani Maternity has become the first hospital in East Africa to digitise birth records. This means it will be easy for parents to get details of their children when they apply for birth certificates. Deputy Governor Jonathan Mueke visit- ed the hospital and received the computers. A new standby 27.5KVA generator was also installed and it will serve as a backup for Monday, November 4, 2013 NAIROBINEWS.CO.KE Pumwani Hospital scores a first in digital records the theatre. Speaking on behalf of Governor Evans Kidero, Mr Mueke said the county government had given priority to Pumwani for major improvements. “Rehabilitation of some of the wards and construction of a perimeter wall is ongoing,” he said. The women in the wards were elated. One, who identified herself as Mueni said services had improved lately. “The wards and bedding are cleaner though a lot still needs to be done. Water shortage is a problem and the toilets are at times very dirty.” Patients at Pumwani. Rehabilitation of some of its wards is going on. | File, Nairobi 9 NairobiNews reporter Bernadine Mutanu stands on the filled Nairobi River surface, just below the broken trunk line. | Denish Ochieng, NairobiNews Sewer not repaired for six months BERNADINE MUTANU, NairobiNews firstname.lastname@example.org Ruai residents. This is after the main trunk R line taking waste to the Ruai Treatment plant, in Nairobi’s Eastlands area broke down six months ago at Njiru, spewing its contents. The river flows all the way to Ruai before eventually joining the larger Athi River and residents often use its water for river-bed agriculture and washing. According to the Athi Water Services Board, the pillars that supported the trunk line across the river caved in, leading to the spillage. Bids for repairs Since then, repair work has been in a state of limbo as first the Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company, then the board tried unsuccessfully to secure bidders for the repair. “Unresponsive bids adver- tised by the Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company caused the delay,” said Joseph Kamau from the Athi Water Services Board. “After consultation with the Ministry of Water, the Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company, the board took over,” said Mr Kamau. The board recently gave the job to a contractor. aw sewage flowing into the Nairobi River is a threat to the health of When Nioi e s visarbNw ited the site on Friday, an earth mover was diverting the river for construction to start. But even then, Mr Kamau said it would take at least two months to finish the work, meaning the residents downstream will still be exposed to health hazards. A few weeks ago the National Environmental Management Authority (Nema) warned the residents against using the water. The trunk line carries waste from the city centre, Kasarani, Westlands, Kariobangi South, Eastleigh and Kiambu, among other places. Thousands of cubic litres of waste water have been flowing down stream everyday endangering lives. The threat Life-threatening diseases caused by sewage include cholera, typhoid and dysentery. Other diseases resulting from contamination include, hepatitis A, intestinal nematode infections, and numerous others. WHO estimates that 1.5 million preventable deaths a year result from unsafe water.
November 11th 2013