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.