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Nairobi News : December 6th 2013
10 you say On Twitter @tommakau: @kideroevans was at the Greenfield launch yet his government now says the airport construction had not been approved by them. Capital FM Kenya. Tough times ahead for media as MPs fail to garner two-thirds majority to make changes to Uhuru proposals on KICA Bill. @chrikaranja: I’d be more comfortable with Greenfield being in Mutua’s area than kidero’s. We need that airport ready on time. @ConsumersKenya: Prices of Set top boxes are ridiculous. @LordMarcus_K: Those traffic lights are for fun, they help children learn how to count while stuck in the jam. On Facebook WE SAY No life should be lost because of quacks I f you were wondering why thousands of Nairobi residents continue to die from otherwise treatable diseases, you need look no further. Recent inspections found a majority of the county’s clinics were run by quacks masquerading as trained doctors and nurses. It revealed one in four private clinics do not qualify to provide health care. So bad is the situation that the inspectors had no option but to shut down 38 clinics and arrest their directors for operating without licences or for failing to register. Out of the 126 clinics inspected, only 11 met the required standards. The inspectors discovered some clinics had hired quacks with forged certificates and licences. The crackdown also revealed most of the clinics were owned by doctors or nurses and that they were ill-equipped to provide health care. We agree with the head of the Chief Executive Officer of the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board Dr Daniel Yumbya, who warned the quacks pose a direct and grave danger to the public and must be arrested and prosecuted. One is left wondering how they were ever left to operate and harm thousands of Nairobians who sought treatment at their clinics oblivious of the dangers to which they were exposed. It is very likely that the owners of these un- licenced clinics bribed health officials to stay open. It is also likely that a majority of the doctors who ran these clinics were employed in government hospitals from where they stole medicine for their premises. It explains why government hospitals were perennially experiencing a shortage of essential medicines and were forced to refer patients to private chemists and clinics. We fail to understand on what basis the health inspectors merely issued warnings or recommendations on how to improve to 77 clinics whose services were found wanting, It is very likely that the owners of these unlicenced clinics bribed health officials to stay open. firstname.lastname@example.org NAIROBI NEWS nairobinews.co.ke Friday, Dec 6 - Sunday, Dec 8, 2013 SMS BUZZ Gregory: If only Kenyans showed as much enthusiasm for the Kenya Premier League like they do in the EPL, local football would be much developed. Hassan: Now our MPs fault the renaming of Kasarani stadium terming it as a cheap attempt to rewrite our country’s history. Talk of sleeping on the job. Hot96Kenya. Study shows HIV/ Aids prevalence rate on the rise in Kenya. NTV Kenya. Health Ministry declares the severe shortage of health workers a crisis, saying, it was below the WHO average benchmark. Robert Gicho. City motorist have no choice but to follow traffic lights for fear of arrest. However the pedestrians don’t really care. Sadique Shabaan. As usual, Kenyan papers and TV stations will put politicians who have now gagged the media as top stories in their news running orders. Business Daily. Karen is set to get a mega Sh4 billion shopping mall that on completion will be Kenya’s second biggest after Thika Road’s Garden City. Leonard: NSSF shouldn’t arbitrarily increase contribution to six percent of gross salary yet they’re unable to account for past collections. Bernice: Consumer Federations have done well to come up with a survey showing majority of Nairobians are not ready for digital migration. Now, if only we had a government that hears our pleas. A PUBLICATION OF NATION MEDIA GROUP Published at Nation Centre, Kimathi Street and printed at Mombasa Road, Nairobi by Nation Media Group Limited, P. O. BOX 49010, Nairobi 00100. Tel: 3288000, 0719038000. Fax 2213946. email@example.com Registered at the GPO as a newspaper voices AT THE HEART OF THE CITY Be afraid, very afraid, when tutors fail tests Indiazi Agade Only a thought search on why city public schools continue to perform below par in national examinations. One of the most shock- A ing findings by the African Population and Health Research (APHRC) was that more than a third of Mathematics teachers failed a teachers’ test. What this means is that your child is most likely under the tutelage of a quack. APHRC only based its research on Mathematics, meaning the other subjects are also affected and in a big way. English could be worse, judging from KCPE results every year. Another interesting conclusion was that despite the Free Primary Education (FPE) programme, parents are taking their children to private schools, however derelict. Even slum dwellers have taken the private route. They cite lack of faith in public schools and insecurity for they want their children to learn near home. The head of the APHRC research team, Dr Moses few days ago, NairobiNews reported findings of a re- Ngware, suggested among other things that public schools be made accessible to all. The other submission that may have passed many was that studentteachers should specialise in two or three subjects as happens with B.Ed or Dip.Ed students who end up teaching in secondary schools or some colleges. To be honest, what is the point of making one study all subjects taught in primary schools when two or three can do? It is our insatiable ap- petite of being jacks of all trades that makes us fare badly in almost everything we lay our heads on for we end up as masters of nothing. The Ministry of Educa- tion and Teachers’ Training Colleges should, with speed implement, this proposal. Apart from specialising in two or three subjects, the potential tutor should also have scored a minimum of C+ in the areas he intends to handle. firstname.lastname@example.org .com instead of shutting them altogether. Health care is a matter of life and death and any health provider which falls short of the required standards must be pushed out of business. We urge the Ministry of Health and its inspectors to intensify such crackdowns to ensure no quacks are allowed to endanger the lives of Kenyans. We also demand that those arrested should be prosecuted and handed deterrent sentences.
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