HIV positive children to receive sweet, strong ARV in January

Babies living with HIV in Kenya will receive the long-awaited, powerful ARV with a strawberry flavor early next year. Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the new formulation will improve adherence and reduce side effects in children. The treatment dubbed Dolutegravir or DTG will cost about Sh4, 000 annually. It is set to come in the form of a pill that is dispersible in water and is easily tolerated by children. Currently, some 106,807 Kenyan children below 14 years are living with HI

Most children lack masks, shows survey

Since Covid-19 hit the country in March, 12-year-old Nelly* has been recycling one mask that cost Sh25. Her single mother lost her job in April and cannot afford to buy masks for herself and Nelly. It is even a struggle to put food on the table. The girl is now worried she might contract the virus. “There are days I do not wear a mask because I have either misplaced or it is wet after washing,” a playful Nelly says. “I do not recall when we last took two meals a day. Sometimes the one meal w

Teenager's body found at City Mortuary five days after he went missing

Steven Munga a.k.a. Shanty would be preparing to resume learning at Mukaa High School in Makueni in January. That, however, is not case. On Saturday, November 7 at about 2pm, the 17-year-old told his childhood friend Francis Muthama he would be attending the Nairobi Festival concert at Ngong Racecourse and that he would call him after the event. The Form 3 boy from Kitengela, who joined Mukaa High this year, had planned a weekend of fun with four friends. He was to turn 18 on December 25. Hi

Innovative tools that job aggregators use to bait career hunters

Selling sugarcane in Kangemi has not always been Alex Mudi's. Indeed, Mudi is a trained accountant. But Covid-19 made nonsense of this training in March and all of a sudden Mudi was rendered jobless. The Sh210 he makes daily from the sale of sugarcane is a far cry from the money he used to make as a city hotel before Covid-19. Every afternoon, Mudi piles stalks of sugarcane on a wheelbarrow and heads to a market in Kangemi, where his contemporaries include grocery stockists and secondhand clo

Mandera surgeons remove 13-year-old foetus from Ethiopian woman

She again showed up at the hospital this month. She was operated on November 17. And the operation was not only successful but historic. Mandera Governor Ali Roba recalled her story. “Hawa had previously visited most hospitals in Ethiopia but did not get diagnosed in any of them. In September, she tried her luck at the Mandera County Referral Hospital.” Her condition was intensively investigated and a CT scan showed that Hawa had lithopedion, a rare condition. Lithopedion happens when a ferti

Travelling during the Covid-19 pandemic

For months, the masses have been trapped in their homes to ensure they are safe from Covid-19. Many hotels and lodges around travel destinations have also remained closed. But Covid-19 could be here to stay. Knowing that, travel destinations have slowly opened up, seeing that the festive season, which is usually the high season, is around the corner. With many afraid of contracting the virus since March, people have shunned the idea of travelling and going on vacations, even around the country

Covid-19 through the eyes of dementia patients

For those living with dementia, social distancing is a far-flung concept. They may not remember to wash their hands and sanitize. They may as well not get why they have to wear face masks For that reason, people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of severe dementia are at a higher risk of contracting Covid-19 because they don’t fathom the need to protect themselves. Knowing that people with dementia suffer memory loss, confusion, a decline in language skills and ability to perform daily activit

Man who butchered 7-month-old son guilty of murder

A Kirinyaga man has been convicted of murdering his seven-month-old son who was nearly beheaded with a panga. The man, who was not identified on the court system website, was found guilty by a Kerugoya High Court of murdering the child on August 2, 2014, at Karimani village The judgment was handed down on August 7 by High Court judge Lucy Gitari. The reason for the six-year delay in the trial was not explained. The man denied the charge and said his brother had an interest in acquiring his l

Employers to get funds for staff injured at work

Employers could soon receive funds from the Labour ministry when an employee gets sick or injured in the course of duty. The Occupational Disease Fund is envisioned to take care of a victim for a period, including livelihood sustenance. “Occupational diseases have got a long latency period and they may manifest long after employees have retired from employment or long after employers have wound –up business, leaving their employees without recourse,” Labour CS Simon Chelugui said. According t

Abuse and harassment of girls online on the rise

Since she was 13, Bella* (not her real name) has been battling self-esteem issues. Her classmates were always prettier and curvier than her, at least in her opinion. Every time her school attended the music festivals, she did not get the attention the other girls were getting from their male counterparts that she had always envisioned hooking up with. “Everyone was talking about how a cute guy asked for their phone number and how they would meet during the weekends,” she says. “For me, it was

As kids spend more time online, predators pounce to seek nudes

Sheila Mwangi, mother of a nine-year-old, explains why she has given her daughter a phone, laptop and unlimited Internet access. "I work from home and I have had to give a smartphone and other gadgets to my daughter to avoid distractions as I complete my assignments," she said. In her view, the phone is a great distraction for her daughter, Alicia, who is at home over school closure. "No one prepared me for a time when I would work from home. I had to send the house help home and the only way
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