Three-day rabies control campaign kicks off

Three-day rabies control campaign kicks off

The County Government’s department of Veterinary Services has today rolled-out a three-day mass dog vaccination and population control activity; as part of an anti-rabies campaign that aims to eliminate cases of human rabies.

Speaking today when he flagged off the event at Mifugo Complex, County Executive for Agriculture, Pastoral Economy and Fisheries Chris Aletia lauded the partnership behind the initiative where resources were pooled to carry out a robust anti-rabies campaign.

The activity brings together veterinary officers from the County Government, experts from the Kenya Veterinary Board (KVB), Vet Treks- an international foundation that offers support on animal welfare, private practitioners and organisations including VEDAMAN Consultants, Kenya Small and Companion Animal Veterinary Association (KESCAVA), African Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW) and Norbrook; in a public-private partnership model.

The CEC said the campaign to eliminate rabies infection as part of his Ministry’s animal health campaigns contributed to Governor Nanok’s priority of Food Security.

Director of Veterinary Services Dr. Benson Long’or said the County Government had embraced the spay and neuter technique of dog population control which was ‘a more humane way of controlling rabies which took care of animal welfare compared to dog baiting’.

He revealed that through capacity building training and with donation of surgical equipment, county veterinary officers now had the capacity to carry out continuous anti-rabies campaigns across Turkana. He said the department aims to strengthen the veterinary public health unit that he admitted was sometimes neglected.

According to Veterinary Services Deputy Director, Dr. Jane Akale, the team was targeting 300 dogs from Lodwar and its environs in the three days the activity will run.

KVB’s Senior Registration Officer Dr. Martin Muinde said the board supported the event as a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) requisite for the continuous registration of all veterinary surgeons and veterinary paraprofessionals in the country.

In the flag-off were Chief Officer Livestock, Veterinary Services and Fisheries Dr. Michael Eregae and Deputy Director-Administration Rachel Aroo among other staff in the Ministry.

TEAM TO DRIVE USHANGA KENYA INITIATIVE IN TURKANA LAUNCHED

A team to foster and manage beadwork production among women in Turkana through the Ushanga Kenya Initiative has been launched today.

The Ushanga County team will be chaired by the Deputy Governor Peter Lotethiro and will include the County Executive Committee Member for Tourism, Chief Officers for Finance and Economic Planning, Gender and Social Services, Trade and Culture as well as two women representatives.

Speaking during a meeting with representatives from the Ushanga Kenya Steering Committee led by the Chairperson Hellen Nkaissery, Deputy Governor Peter Lotethiro said Turkana as one of the communities in Kenya that practise beadwork, the expectations are expected to be huge among women.

Through the initiative launched last year, awareness of the exercise will be spread among women with creation of ownership and economic value of beadwork as a craft.

The Deputy Governor said that women will be trained on a diverse beadwork designs to ensure products from Turkana are unique. He said the initiative will be introduced at a small scale then gradually spread to the rest of the county.

“The women need to be trained to produce patterns that are accepted both in the Kenyan and international markets as beadwork is huge potential export industry. Also expand production from ornaments such as the bangles and bracelets to other items such as clothing items, baskets and others,” he said.

To protect women from losing ownership of unique designs, the DG called on mechanisms on ownership of designs through patents.

“The patents will limit conmen from taking advantage of the designs our women create and to ensure that if these designs are recreated elsewhere, a fee is paid to the owner of the design,” he added.

Mrs Nkaissery said the initiative will be implemented through women groups and cooperatives who will be trained on bead artistry, and receive raw materials with support on marketing and sales. She said the initiative had received strong backing from Governors led by Governor Josphat Nanok.

County Secretary Peter Eripete who is a member of the Ushanga Kenya National Steering Committee was present to witness the launch.

Finance and Economic Planning Executive Robert Ereng’ said that better mechanism had to be employed to ensure that County Governments tasked with implementation of the initiative are not overwhelmed with expectations.

In the meeting were County Executives, Charles Lokiyoto (Public Service and Disaster Management), Jennifer Nawoi (Tourism, Culture and Natural Resources), Anthony Apalia (Trade, Youth and Gender Affairs), Director of Tourism Shemmy Ekuwom and host of officers from the Ministry.

Mrs Nkaissery was accompanied by other officials from the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife under which the initiative is based and will target seven counties: Baringo, Kajiado, Marsabit, Narok, Samburu, Turkana and West Pokot.

SITUATION BRIEF-MINISTRY OF HEALTH SERVICES AND SANITATION

The first case of acute watery diarhoea was reported on 11th January 2018 from Narengelup village of katilu ward. More similar cases from nearby villages were later admitted to Katilu sub county hospital which prompted the clinical team to query possibility of cholera. Initial investigations did not show evidence of cholera in the samples collected. All cases were managed and discharged.

The second round of samples collected in early February indicated presence of cholera organisms hence confirmation of cholera outbreak.

So far, a total of 5 cases have been confirmed by laboratory tests. All the 5 confirmed cases were from katilu area.

Note that cholera is a notifiable disease, a single confirmed case qualifies for declaration of an outbreak situation. This is where we are now as a county. The major peak of the outbreak was on 27th January 2018.

So far,a total of 147 cases have been managed and discharged in our county health facilities; 139 in Katilu sub county hospital, 5 in Lokichar and 3 at the Lodwar County and referral hospital.

Cases remained relatively low as from 9th February 2018 to 25th February 2018.This was attributed to the multi sectoral high impact response by the county team. New cases erupted in the last week of February from Angarabat village.

As at today, only 7 patients are admitted (4 in Katilu,1-angarabat and 2 at LCRH) and all of them are in stable condition with possibility of discharge.

No death has been reported during this outbreak period.

 

What has been done;

  • The county activated a multisectoral rapid response team under the leadership of the county director of Health to respond, coordinate and monitor emergency response.
  • 3 Cholera treatment centers were established to manage cases in Katilu, Angarabat and LCRH.There is an elaborate strategy to establish more treatment centers in case of further spread.
  • All sub county health management teams, health facilities and community health units have been put on alert mode.
  • Active case search and surveillance activities have been strengthened
  • Health education campaign spearheaded by field staffs and community health volunteers
  • Clean up and village sanitation campaigns are ongoing in all the 67 hotspot areas
  • Public health interventions that include ban on preparation of food in open air markets, closure of all food premises in affected areas, and examination of food handlers have been put in place
  • WASH commodities including jerry cans, aqua tabs, purr and soap have been distributed to affected and at risk population
  • Pharmaceuticals and non-pharms have been mobilized and prepositioned in all the 7 sub counties
  • Continuous sensitization of health care workers is ongoing in all our health facilities
  • The public have been asked to be on high alert and observe proper excreta management, water and food safety.
  • All government departments and stakeholders are involved in the intervention

Challenges

The current rain situation and reported outbreaks in other counties like Trans-Nzoia and west Pokot where we get our supplies

Sincerely

Dr.Stephen Namoru Ekitela

County Director of Health, Turkana County

 

Lokichoggio School Attack Victims Laid To Rest As Leaders Demand Action On Police Heads For Laxity

By Governor’s Press Service
Turkana leaders have demanded for action on heads of police in Lokichoggio for laxity in their response to last week’s gun attack at Lokichoggio Secondary School, as victims of the attack were laid to rest today.
Led by Governor Josphat Nanok the leaders called for a review of the security situation in the region and called on UNHCR and the police to investigate the refugee camp in Kakuma for illicit arms and undocumented refugees.
Debate over devolving security function at county level was reignited with Governor Nanok promising to push for this in his capacity as CoG Chairman.
“In my first time as Governor we saw the gap in the security sector and allocated money to pay the NPRs for three consecutive financial years but were never allowed to carry on. I hope this incident revives this issue,” he said.
The victims being laid to rest were students Joseph Epas Emoni, Emmanuel Ekai Lokwakai, Ipua Halloran Emuron and Peter Lojiem a security guard shot dead in the school.
Another victim Paterson Naweet was buried in Letea.
Deputy Governor Peter Lotethiro said the County Government had deployed four ambulances to help ferry those injured during the attack to hospital and thanked Red Cross and IRC for coming to the aid of the injured students.
Senator Malachy Ekal demanded that UNHCR compensates families of those killed in the attack and called for better management of refugees.
On his part Turkana West MP Epuyo Nanok said that corruption within the police force allowed illicit arms to be shipped across the county and wondered how the lead gunman in the school attack travelled from Lokichoggio to Kakuma with a gun without detection by police in several roadblocks on the way.
His counterpart from Turkana Central John Lodepe called on counties where insecurity was rife to jointly push for devolution of security function.
Turkana South MP James Lomenen also spoke and discouraged the admission of refugees into local schools and said they should be limited to schools within refugee camps.
Governor Nanok promised said he agreed on calls by the MPs for unity among elected leaders and promised to call for a meeting to discuss important county issues.

Commissioning of Turkana Sub-County and Ward Administrators

Following the successful completion of a six weeks experiential leadership and command course training, Turkana County government sub-county administrators and a section of ward administrators were commissioned to service in a colorful event that was held at the county headquarters. The administrators obtained this course at The Administration Police Training College in Meru.

Hon. Governor Josphat Nanok presided over the event which also involved the launch of the administrators’ official uniform. The governor praised the administrators for undertaking their duties well from the period they were hired to serve despite having little training on administration.

“Feedback from the public on your work has been encouraging, your performance has exceeded the expectations we had of you. The remaining administrators who have not yet undergone training will get the training but in a way that service delivery to the public will not be interrupted,” said the Governor.

The County Secretary, Peter Eripete, raised that the training was necessary to induct the officers into administration because most of them had been recruited from different professions. Adding to this the County Executive Ministry of Public Service, Decentralized Administration and Deserter Management (PSDADM), Charles Lokioto said the training the administrators had undergone and the official attire was to bring uniformity and discipline among the administrators while discharging their duties.

The county government has built 30 ward offices, equipped them with solar power and is in the process of establishing the ward offices as centres of devolution at the ward levels. The ministry of PS, DA & DM will carry out an assessment and inspection of Kibish ward office and site visit of proposed construction of Kibish Sub-county office which is the first of its kind to be built in the county.

In his closing remarks, Governor Nanok asked County government employees to be faithful in their duties and not to be derailed by politics in discharging their duties as the country enters the electioneering period. He congratulated doctors and nurses working in Turkana and the Turkana County Ministry of Health and Sanitation for an agreement that kept the health workers at work throughout the three months doctors strike in the country. Had the doctors downed their tools, Turkana residents who are among those most hit by the ongoing drought in the country would have suffered.

The function was graced by Turkana County Commissioner Stephen Ikua, who told the administrators that the new attire and the training had given them additional responsibility as well as public scrutiny on their actions and asked them to remember that they are ambassadors of the county government.

Also present at the function were CEC Education Margaret Kuchal, CEC Health Jane Ajele, CEC Roads Augustin Logiron, Chief Officers and other county government officers.

 

Over half of Turkana residents have access to clean water

The County Government has increased access to clean water for domestic use in Turkana, despite water shortage being the biggest challenge in the region.

This was announced by Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok when he led the marking of the World Water Day at Kakimera, Kanamkemer Ward. He added that in the four years of his administration, the percentage of residents with access to clean water had risen from 34 to 56 percent.

“Water shortage remains our biggest challenge with over half a million residents of our county with no source of clean water for use. Pastoralists are the hardest-hit with this shortage,” he said.

The Governor added that this showed that there was need to pool funds from the national and county governments to solve the shortage.

The County Government, he said, had recruited an additional 80 officers to the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Agriculture and had procured state of the art equipment such as rigs for exploration and drilling of boreholes.

Governor Nanok used the occasion to open a fully equipped borehole at Kakemera which will serve several regions of Kanamkemer ward.

The water from the borehole, he said, was enough for domestic use and for irrigation and directed the ministry concerned to look into setting up of an irrigation scheme near the borehole.

The Governor told residents of Kanamkemer that his government had set up several projects that will benefit the ward, such as Ekalees Tobong’u Lore Centre that will also house a park and the County’s Biashara Centre, a medical store and several financial institutions, which he said will improve business.

Governor Nanok told leaders who were thinking of causing violence during the electioneering period that he will not allow such politics in Turkana. He asked politicians to ask for votes peacefully and let the people make the decision to either elect or reject them.

Relief for Turkana Residents as the County Govt Flags off Emergency Food

Turkana county residents can now breathe a sigh of relief after the county government flagged off emergency food to sub counties to salvage drought situation that has been reported widely in the last few weeks.

The county government through the ministry of Public Service, Decentralized Administration and Disaster Management (PSDADM) has procured 150,000 bags of maize (50kgs), 15,000 bags of beans and 15,000 jerricans of vegetable oil that targets a population of 450,000 people.

Speaking yesterday during the fagging off at the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) Lodwar, County Executive Committee Member for PSDADM, Charles Lokioto said that they have given areas hard hit by drought priority in the first batch of the food supply.

“We have prioritized areas that have been mostly hit by drought. We have distribution plan that will cater for all parts of the county to make sure that every part is reached” Said Lokioto.

 

The four areas identified to have been highly affected and which will benefit on the first batch are Kalapata ward in Turkana South sub county, Nanam in west Sub County, Kokuro in North sub county and Katilia in Turkana East.

Governor Josphat Nanok while flagging off the emergency food called upon stakeholder and well wishers to chip in and help the county government in the process of mitigating the drought.

The County C.E. O also said that the food will be distributed equally and fairly by county field officers unlike the National government one which he claimed was politically instigated.

Embracing Irrigation to Boost Food Security in Turkana

Turkana County has in the past been in the limelight especially during complex humanitarian emergencies. Perennial drought and subsequent food shortage due to unreliable rainfall might soon be a thing of the past for farmer cooperative societies’ members, and the greater community as the County Government seeks to encourage more residents to adopt irrigation to improve their food crop.

The National Irrigation Board in collaboration with the Ministry of Water Services and Irrigation has provided not only agricultural infrastructure but also technical information on farm inputs, training and equipping farmers on how to manage animal and crop conflict to ensure proper crop production and as a result ensure food security.

During World Food Day 2016, the National Irrigation Board (NIB) handed over 1,500 acres to the county in pursuit of maintaining main irrigation canals and root networks for proper food production. NIB has introduced crops like Nerika rice, green grams and tissue culture bananas to help improve nutrition in Turkana County.

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The County Government of Turkana also works with other enablers through strategic public-private partnerships with NGOs like UNDP and many others.

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Ksh 20 million Solar Project is launched in Lokichar town, Turkana County

On the road to a safer and well lit Turkana County

Lokichar Town in Turkana County is finally walking in the light after the launch of a 20 Million Shilling solar project. The project is expected to boost security and business. Ninety-five solar panel light poles have been erected on the roads of Lokichar Town.

The County Government of Turkana is planning to expand the solar street lighting project to other areas like Kalokol, Lokori, Kainuk, kibish and Lokichogio towns. This effort is meant to enable a safe 24-hour economy in Turkana County in the future to come.

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Devolution Brings Hope to the residents of Turkana County

The adoption of a new constitution in August 2010, has radically transformed the structure, organs and functions of government in Kenya in ways un-imagined before. Central in this transformation is the establishment of County governments.

These deliberate efforts aimed at strengthening citizen participation is informed by a long history of centralized decision-making processes characterized by a lack of transparency and accountability leading to marginalization and entrenchment of inequality, poverty and ineptitude in governmental services delivery.

“Turkana, today, is an investment haven, a tourist destination of choice, the toast of development partners and a reference point in good and responsive governance because we have confronted headlong the critical questions of development and stagnation,” said H.E. The Governor Hon. Josphat Koli Nanok.

In Turkana, education received a big boost through increased bursaries. The building of more hospitals means that the residents of Turkana County now walk shorter distances to get medical attention and the ratio of health specialists to patients is now much higher.

Gains of Devolution for Turkana People

Gains of Devolution for Turkana People