Kenyatta Rewards Ebola Fight Volunteers

Kenyatta welcoming medical professionals who put their lives on the line to combat Ebola in West Africa

The Kenyan Government has put together a team of officials to ensure the school laptop project is implemented in the next 18 months.

The team of Principal Secretaries from the Ministries of Education, sickness Energy and Petroleum and Industrialisation and Enterprise Development, will focus solely on the project, ICT Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i has said.

“Each of the members of the secretariat will be relieved from their current attachment for 18 months,” he said while addressing journalists at his office in Nairobi.

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Dr Matiang’i said a technical committee will also be formed and chaired by the ICT Authority, in which technical heads from the implementing agencies will sit.

“In the team will be key stakeholders such as the Teachers Service Commission, Kenya National Union of Teachers and Kenya Primary Schools Heads Association,” he said.

KNUT chairman Mudzo Nzili, who was present at the briefing, said the Union supports the project adding that it will be helpful to the children.

This comes after Education CS Jacob Kaimenyi said plans to give free laptops to Standard One pupils are still on.

Kaimenyi said the ministry was consulting stakeholders and countries that have successfully implemented the project to see how best to roll out.
Kenyan medical professionals who made the heroic choice to volunteer to contain the deadly Ebola virus in Sierra Leone and Liberia will be rewarded for their service, dosage President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.

The President instructed the Ministry of Health to give a job to any volunteer who is not permanently employed as a show of appreciation.

The President was speaking at State House, Nairobi, on Monday, after 155 of the 170 who travelled to West Africa in January returned to the country.

The 155 landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and were driven to State House, where they were hosted by the President.

The Ebola scourge killed thousands in West Africa and threatened to crush economies of Liberia and Sierra Leone.

President Kenyatta said the example set by the medical volunteers will inspire many Kenyans to rise up to the occasion and help in finding solutions.

“The problem with many of us is that we like to mourn instead of solving problems. You shall remain an inspiration to many others,” said the President after breakfast with the volunteers.

He said the West African intervention has taught Africa that it can deal with its problems.

“You have proven that Africa can provide solutions to its problems and that we in Kenya have the commitment to deal with our issues,” said the President.

The deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Erastus Mwencha, said even though the rest of the world had offered to help with the Ebola pandemic, no one was ready to give doctors for fear of the risks involved.

“You have contributed to Africa’s quest to be in charge of its destiny,” he said.

Cabinet Secretary for Health, James Macharia, said the mission by the medical experts sets a good example of what Kenya can achieve.

The CS said Kenya was one of the countries that were most affected by the economic consequences of the Ebola outbreak including the suspension of flights to and from West Africa.

Some members of the team gave their testimony of the journey to confront the ‘unknown’ to support fellow Africans.

Dr Nasra Mohamed said they helped stop the disease through infection prevention.

She said the disease spreads through contact and the volunteers from Kenya and other African nations ensured they stopped the transmission of the virus through proper diagnosis and isolation of patients.

The Kenyan volunteers also provided other regular medical services in major Liberian hospitals that were under immense pressure.

“The African Union operation was the biggest in Liberia and our presence was felt where we served,” she said.

Liberia has now been declared Ebola free while Sierra Leone is in the final stages of being declared Ebola Free.

Fifteen medical professionals who were part of the Kenyan team have been left in Sierra Leone to wrap up the AU operation.


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