Kenya announces outbreak of dengue fever in coast region

Nigerian Tribune – May 8, 2017

Kenya’s health authorities on Sunday announced the outbreak of dengue fever in the coastal region.

Mombasa County Director of Health, Khadija Shikelly, said 119 cases had been confirmed in all six sub counties following rapid diagnostic test kits conducted at the hospitals in Mombasa.

Shikelly said that Kisauni had the highest number of case, 37, followed by Mvita, 25, Changamwe 21 and Likoni 21.

She said there was no record of any death from the fever this year. Last year, three people died of the fever.

“This is to notify you that there is dengue fever outbreak in Mombasa County and we, therefore, need to respond effectively and in a coordinated approach to contain the outbreak,” Shikelly.

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Intensify efforts to tackle invasion by armyworms

Business Daily – April 9, 2017

Reports of an armyworm invasion in parts of the country is yet another  hurdle in the unending food insecurity facing Kenyans.

Kenya is already grappling with drought and famine, which have left nearly three million people facing starvation.

The Ministry of Agriculture says that it has already deployed a team of scientists and other experts to inspect maize fields in Trans Nzoia that have been invaded by the worms.

This is commendable as the country cannot afford another serious dent to its food production sector.

That the worm invasion has been reported in a section of the country’s maize belt is extremely worrying, especially as the government continues to muster a response to the famine and drought woes.

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Red flag raised as 300,000 Kilifi residents face starvation

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Starving child with mother

Joseph Masha – July 23, 2016

Mzee Shethi Kombe, 75, sits on a log outside his home. At a distance a group of children are scrambling for wild seeds plucked from a local tree known as mworya. It is the only meal of the day. Mzee Kombe tries to calm the children, but in vain.

Cracks on the dry surface in his compound at Ngamani village in Sokoke Location, Ganze Constituency is proof of ravaging famine. It is hot and dry in most parts of Kilifi County, and the story on crop failure is the same. The County Government says that more than 300,000 people are facing starvation due to lack of food. Children are worst hit, it says.

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