Severe Acute Respiratory Illnesses (SARIs) Message to the Communities.

Every year we have germs that circulate in the communities causing fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache, tiredness, and sometimes even diarrhea and vomiting.
Sometimes during the year, more of these germs circulate at the same time. That leads to a lot of sickness in the communities. Like now in our country we have many respiratory germs causing illness.
Here in Nakuru we have seen many people with respiratory illness, and many of our young children have got very sick, and some children, unfortunately have died.
We want to talk to you (community members) about those cases of respiratory illness and ask for everybody to help fighting against these illnesses.

How do you prevent this illnesses?

Most people who get chest germs have mild illness and do not need medical care, and will recover in less than two weeks. Those people who have cough and runny nose but are not very sick should avoid contact with other people except to get medical care in case they get worse.

If you or your children are sick;

Visit the nearest Health facility
Make sure you drink fluids and eat and
Take enough rest.

Make sure to give fluids to drink and food to your sick little ones, in small quantities, many times a days
If you are sick or worried about your illness, contact the healthcare worker in your community or go to the nearest healthcare facility.
What are the signs that should make you worried and take you or your child to the hospital near you?

In children;

Fast breathing or difficult breathing
Not drinking enough fluids or not eating
Not waking up or not cheerful, playful, interacting, etc.
Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held.
Symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough.
Hotness of the body.

In addition to the signs above, get medical help right away for any infant who has any of these signs:
Being unable to eat
Has trouble breathing
Has no tears when crying
Child is passing less urine as compared to other days.

In adults;

Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.
Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen.
Sudden dizziness.
Confusion.
Severe or persistent vomiting.

Symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough.
What should I do to prevent spreading this disease?
Take everyday actions to stop the spread of these germs like;
Ensure proper ventilation in all dwelling places and in private/ public vehicles/transport.
Observe personal hygiene and clean environment.
Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from spreading the germs to others.
Cover your nose and mouth with a clean cloth/ handkerchief when coughing or sneezing.
Wash your hands often with soap and water.
Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
Drink and eat in small quantities many times.
Take/give a lot of fluids.
Keep the young children away from smoke.

Governor Mbugua lauds Elders Peace Initiatives as he Confirms Nakuru is Ready for Thanksgiving Ceremony

Nakuru, Kenya 15th April, 2016 – H.E. the Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has lauded the thorough efforts by the Nakuru Council of Elders for Peace which has ensured multi-ethnic cohesion and peace in the county.

Speaking at the Rift Valley Sports Club where he led Nakuru County leaders in a joint press conference with the elders for peace, the Nakuru County Governor said the initiatives of the elders have been highly successful.

Noting that Nakuru County has been chosen to host the national prayers and thanksgiving ceremony following the collapse of the ICC cases against six Kenyans who had been indicted by the court because of the peace prevailing in the county.

The Nakuru Governor added that the tree of peace was planted in Nakuru when TNA and URP parties merged into Jubilee in Afraha stadium with the aim of uniting all Kenyans, saying the Saturday’s event is for tending and watering this tree.

‘The tree of peace was planted here in Nakuru and before the planting all elders had prepared the ground by reconciling all the communities living in Nakuru. The Saturday’s celebrations are aimed at nurturing the tree for more fruits’, said Governor Mbugua.

He noted that these celebrations are for all the people of Kenya, saying that the people of Kenya are enjoying peace regardless of their tribal or political affiliations, adding that peace is a vital pillar of socio-economic progress.

‘This is the time to celebrate the gains we have made from the peace in our county which oozes out to all other parts of the nation. All the people of Kenya have benefited from these gains’, said Governor Mbugua.

He urged the Nakuru Elders for peace to review their mandate and now to focus on initiatives for sustaining the momentous achieved peace to avoid rolling back the gains.

Governor Mbugua said the peace prevailing in Nakuru and the entire country, additionally to the crumbling of the ICC cases is a sign that the nation can resolve its own issues without external interferences.

The Chairman of the Nakuru Elders for Peace Samuel Maigua said the painstaking work of the group which brings together all communities in Nakuru for over eight years has been successful and the group will now focus on more initiatives.

He said they will be meeting on a quarterly basis and after tomorrow’s ceremony the council will invite political leaders in Nakuru to discuss matters peace in the period leading up to 2017 general elections, saying any politician called to appear before the council of elders must do so.

Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri lauded Governor Mbugua’s efforts of uniting the people of Nakuru saying this is a good example of leadership that Nakuru and the entire nation needs.

He said the National Government has resettled 80% of IDPs and for those remaining their names are being vetted so that they can be compensated.

The Bahati legislator said the coming of the President Uhuru Kenyatta to Nakuru is allowed for in the constitution. Adding that this is just like the way Governor Mbugua is taking his office and all the services of the County Government to the sub-counties in the Gavana Mtaani outreach program to bring services closer to the people.

His sentiments were echoed by Governor Mbugua who said that since the advent of multi-party democracy it is only the Jubilee Government that has implemented programs for IDP compensation and it should be commended for the initiative.

Governor Mbugua who was accompanied by his Deputy Joseph Rutto reassured that Nakuru County is fully prepared to host the thanksgiving prayers tomorrow, adding that parking fees for tomorrow have been waived.

Judicial Asset Committee to Reclaim Land in Counties

By David Kimani

Nakuru, Kenya 4th April, 2016 – Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has given assurance that the County Government of Nakuru will work with the Judicial Asset Committee Recovery Committee to get back all judiciary land that has been grabbed as well as any other public utility in the county.

Speaking during a meeting between the county government and the committee tasked with the recovering of land allocated for courts’ expansion at the sub-county offices in Naivasha, the Nakuru County Governor said courts in Kenya had big chunk of lands but shamefully the size of these lands has shrunken to tiny plots due to irregular land allocation.

‘The court in Naivasha had been allocated land in the 1930s, but now has been reduced to a small plot, jeopardizing expansion of the high court.

“Let me put on notice anybody involved in this grabbing that they should be definitely be ready to surrender the land’, said Governor Mbugua.

The Nakuru County Governor commended the judiciary for going out devolve dispensation of justice to the grass-root.

He said it is a good initiative for the judiciary to earmark their space in the county for expansion and building of staff houses, opening courts in all sub-counties and establishing mobile courts to serve far flung areas in all the counties.

‘This noble idea of extending the dispensation of judicial services is welcome particularly here in Nakuru, as we have instances where justices has aborted because witnesses could not reach the court because of distance. This move will make the people of Nakuru and the entire nation in general benefit from our constitution’, said Governor Mbugua.

Governor Kinuthia Mbugua, Lady Justice Lydia Achode, Peter Gesora Chief Magistrate Naivasha

Arising from the meeting it was established that Naivasha require more judges, a minimum of three. Two of these judges will serve on land and employment issues.

Also discussed was the opening of new courts in Keringet to serve Kuresoi South and North, in addition to Subukia to serve areas of Waseges and Solai that border Baringo.
Molo court is undergoing rehabilitation through the cooperation of the National Government and World Bank. Governor Mbugua called for more expansion of the court as well that in Naivasha to give it the stature of high court.

Some areas that are in the interior of Nakuru County such as Gilgil, Maela among other places will benefit with mobile courts. In these area’s, which are prevalent to land conflict, and due to the delay in court cases accessioned by the long distances in access making people to resorting to taking law in own their hands.

Young people are also falling to the lure of crime because infrastructures of judicial services are far removed from the areas making them at times get away with crime.

Lady Justice Lydia Achode on her part said, through the Judiciary Asset Recovery Committee the Judiciary wants to recover it assets to be able to take justice services closer to the people saying although judiciary was not devolved it does not mean the judiciary cannot serve people from the grass-root.

‘Taking justice closer to the people will make justice accessible to the persons that we are supposed be serving. Judiciary is not devolved but it does not mean we serve people only the main known places. We are supposed to percolate it to the grass-root. Through our meeting with Governor Mbugua we have found out that people traveling from Maera to Naivasha and from Olenguruone to Molo to access judicial services are faced with the limitation of long distances’, said Justice Achode.

She added that through working closely with the County Governments they are finding where judiciary land used to be and where none existed the County Governments are ready to give land for improvement and expansion

The deliberations also focused on county courts, which were formerly municipal courts. The judiciary will manage these courts but their purpose is to support implementation of laws passed by the county assembly.

The area MP David Kihagi, MCAs for Hellsgate, Lakeview and Viwandani Hon. Jonathan Warothe, Samuel Wanyoike and Eunice Muriithi, accompanied Governor Mbugua respectively, including nominated MCA Hon. Ester Njeri.

Among those that accompanied Lady Justice Lydia Achode included Justice Nzioki Wa Makau of Labour and Industrial Relations Court and Peter Gesora Chief Magistrate Naivasha.

ENDS.

Governor Mbugua Inspects Naivasha Hospital

By David Kimani

Nakuru, Kenya 4th April, 2016 – Services offered by the Naivasha Sub-County hospital are improving as a result of medical equipment upgrading and renovation through the Managed Equipment Services (MES) concession between the National and the County Government of Nakuru.

Speaking during an inspection visit to the facility Governor Mbugua said the facility was upgraded because of its high volume of work.

‘This hospital has been upgraded because of its volume of work. It is one of the hospitals, which the County Government of Nakuru in cooperation with the national government agreed to re-equip and renovate, additionally upgrading to almost level 5’, said Governor Mbugua.

Adding that the facility is critical in offering health services in the county and through MES program casualty and trauma center have been built in the facility.

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The Nakuru County Governor noted that equipment such as modern and digital x-ray machines are already in the hospital. Through the use of these machines, all the accidents victims received sufficient diagnostic reports and those transferred to other facilities don’t need another round of tests.

Governor Mbugua added that the technology of the x-ray equipment enables sharing of the x-ray pictures by the medics within the hospital and outside the hospital to enable the delivery of quality treatment.

‘When a patient’s x-ray is taken, the machines are able to send it to doctors directly, the patient is not required to carry an envelope back to the consultation room. Doctors are also to share the picture with other for instance in Eldoret and Kilifi for exchange of opinion’, said the Governor.

He added private hospitals in Nakuru are using these facilities for diagnosis and interpretation of x-rays. Thus, he urged the people of Nakuru to stop spending highly in private hospitals in services that are better offered in public hospitals as a resulting of MES upgrading.

Meanwhile Governor Mbugua added that apart from the inspection exercise of the hospital, the visit was meant to morally support the victims of the two road accidents that occurred along the Nairobi-Naivasha highway over the weekend as well as morn and condole with relatives and friends who lost their loved ones.

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On Saturday, a bus ferrying employees of Avarta Flower farm was involved in an accident with a train and two people perished. Governor Mbugua has termed this a great loss. On Sunday a bus heading to western was lost control and rolled several times near Kinungi. Two were killed and over 70 injured.

The Governor also added that Naivasha sub-county hospital will receive an ambulance to enhance patient mobility.

Naivasha MP David Kihagi commended Governor for adopting the MES program for improvement of health services delivery noting that the victims of the accident could now be on the road in search of medical services in Nakuru PGH and elsewhere.

He assured the Governor that MPs from Nakuru will continue supporting development agenda in the county for the betterment of the people. At the same time, he cautioned drivers to be alert and observe road use rules.

Governor Mbugua also met with traders operating near the hospital gate and scheduled a meeting with them in which their welfare will be discussed.

Among others who accompanied the Governor include MCAs for Hellsgate, Lakeview, and Viwandani Hon. Johnathan Warothe, Hon. Samuel Wanyoike and Eunice Muriithi respectively and nominated MCA Ester Njeri.

ENDS.

Judicial Asset Committee to Reclaim Land in Counties

Nakuru, Kenya 4th April, 2016 – Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has given assurance that the County Government of Nakuru will work with the Judicial Asset Committee Recovery Committee to get back all judiciary land that has been grabbed as well as any other public utility in the county.

Speaking during a meeting between the county government and the committee tasked with the recovering of land allocated for courts’ expansion at the sub-county offices in Naivasha, the Nakuru County Governor said courts in Kenya had big chunk of lands but shamefully the size of these lands has shrunken to tiny plots due to irregular land allocation.

‘The court in Naivasha had been allocated land in the 1930s, but now has been reduced to a small plot, jeopardizing expansion of the high court.

“Let me put on notice anybody involved in this grabbing that they should be definitely be ready to surrender the land’, said Governor Mbugua.

The Nakuru County Governor commended the judiciary for going out devolve dispensation of justice to the grass-root.

He said it is a good initiative for the judiciary to earmark their space in the county for expansion and building of staff houses, opening courts in all sub-counties and establishing mobile courts to serve far flung areas in all the counties.

‘This noble idea of extending the dispensation of judicial services is welcome particularly here in Nakuru, as we have instances where justices has aborted because witnesses could not reach the court because of distance. This move will make the people of Nakuru and the entire nation in general benefit from our constitution’, said Governor Mbugua.

Arising from the meeting it was established that Naivasha require more judges, a minimum of three. Two of these judges will serve on land and employment issues.

Also discussed was the opening of new courts in Keringet to serve Kuresoi South and North, in addition to Subukia to serve areas of Waseges and Solai that border Baringo.

Molo court is undergoing rehabilitation through the cooperation of the National Government and World Bank. Governor Mbugua called for more expansion of the court as well that in Naivasha to give it the stature of high court.

Some areas that are in the interior of Nakuru County such as Gilgil, Maela among other places will benefit with mobile courts. In these area’s, which are prevalent to land conflict, and due to the delay in court cases accessioned by the long distances in access making people to resorting to taking law in own their hands.

Young people are also falling to the lure of crime because infrastructures of judicial services are far removed from the areas making them at times get away with crime.

Lady Justice Lydia Achode on her part said, through the Judiciary Asset Recovery Committee the Judiciary wants to recover it assets to be able to take justice services closer to the people saying although judiciary was not devolved it does not mean the judiciary cannot serve people from the grass-root.

‘Taking justice closer to the people will make justice accessible to the persons that we are supposed be serving. Judiciary is not devolved but it does not mean we serve people only the main known places. We are supposed to percolate it to the grass-root. Through our meeting with Governor Mbugua we have found out that people traveling from Maera to Naivasha and from Olenguruone to Molo to access judicial services are faced with the limitation of long distances’, said Justice Achode.

She added that through working closely with the County Governments they are finding where judiciary land used to be and where none existed the County Governments are ready to give land for improvement and expansion

The deliberations also focused on county courts, which were formerly municipal courts. The judiciary will manage these courts but their purpose is to support implementation of laws passed by the county assembly.

The area MP David Kihagi, MCAs for Hellsgate, Lakeview and Viwandani Hon. Jonathan Warothe, Samuel Wanyoike and Eunice Muriithi, accompanied Governor Mbugua respectively, including nominated MCA Hon. Ester Njeri.

Among those that accompanied Lady Justice Lydia Achode included Justice Nzioki Wa Makau of Labour and Industrial Relations Court and Peter Gesora Chief Magistrate Naivasha.