Masks From China Failed Quality Tests – Health CS Mutahi Kagwe

Masks From China Failed Quality Tests – Health CS Mutahi Kagwe

Masks From China Failed Quality Tests – Health CS Mutahi Kagwe
Masks From China Failed Quality Tests – Health CS Mutahi Kagwe-Health CS Mutahi Kagwe. [PHOTO/ COURTESY]

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has revealed that masks obtained from China to help in the fight against coronavirus recently failed quality checks.

Speaking in Kisumu County during the daily Covid-19 briefing, the CS stated that the masks that failed the tests were analyzed by the Kenya Bureau Of Standards (KEBS).

Kagwe noted locally made Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) were of high quality compared to some of the imported protective gear. He encouraged Kenyans to embrace locally manufactured PPES.

Sub-standard PPES increase risk of exposure especially for frontline health workers

Kenya imported PPES from China to aid in the fight against the virus.

Kenya was also among African countries that received a donation of PPEs from Chinese business magnate Jack Ma.:

Kagwe did not specify which of the PPES received from the Asian country failed the quality tests.

At the same time, the CS warned doctors that are issuing negative certificates for deaths as a result of the virus, to enable the families hold normal burials.

“We are aware that there are doctors, in the private sector who are undermining the process of protecting families by exploiting their emotions and colluding with some of them to ensure burials are done normally,” said Kagwe.


Kagwe noted that in the past 24 hours Kenya recorded 599 new cases of Covid-19 after testing 4420 samples. The number of infections confirmed in the country now stands at 26,436.

1,062 patients, majority of them in home-based care, have recovered in the last 24 hours, while the death toll has risen to 420 after two more victims succumbed to the virus.


600 Journalists Have Lost Jobs, 60 have Covid-19 – MCK

600 Journalists Have Lost Jobs, 60 have Covid-19 – MCK

600 Journalists Have So Far Lost Jobs As 60 Get Infected With Covid-19 – MCK
600 Journalists Have So Far Lost Jobs As 60 Get Infected With Covid-19 – MCK-Media Council of Kenya CEO David Omwoyo. [PHOTO/ COURTESY]

At least 600 journalists have lost their jobs due to Covid-19 pandemic, the Media Council of Kenya (MCK) CEO David Omwoyo has said.Speaking to KTN News, Omwoyo said that as of August 9, 60 journalists had been infected with the virus while one had succumbed. Omwoyo said that he could not reveal to the public the name of the deceased journalist.

Omwoyo revealed that another batch of 42 journalists had been “sent away” from their places of work for being associated with Covid-19.

“I was recently speaking to a marketing executive from one of the media houses who told me that they have been barred from visiting some places which are considered hotspots.

He said that MCK has been holding meetings with journalists from the most affected areas to help them psychologically, and also financially.

He however blamed journalists for not taking care of themselves in the first days after Covid-19 was reported in the country, by feeling ‘special’ and ignoring Ministry of Health directives.

Among the journalists who have tested positive for Covid-19 include Citizen TV’s Jeff Koinange and Stephen Letoo. Others include BBC’s Ian Wafula and NTV’s Miss Katiwa.

In June 2020, the Royal Media Services (RMS) sent home a number of its journalists especially from the radio department, almost simultaneously with Mediamax Network Ltd which fired hundreds of its journalists.

IN RMS, top journalists who were sent packing include Radio Citizen presenters Syombua Osiany, John Maloba, Himenigilder Mugeni.

Hot 96 FM Presenter Nancy Wanjiku Karanja popularly known to her fans as Shix Kapienga is also said to have been laid off.

Syombua hosted Pambazuka from 4am to 6am.

Kapienga, who doubles up as a comedian and actor, hosted Drop Zone on Hot 96 FM Monday to Thursday from 7pm to 10pm.

A majority of the Mediamax employees who were sacked via night SMS are those who were opposed to pay cuts, instituted due to the effects of Covid-19 on revenues.

Some of the notable faces fired include Sam Njoroge, Rose Gakuo, Fred Indimuli (K24 poached him from Citizen TV in 2018), Eric Njoka, Karen Karimi, Isabella Kituri, Nancy Onyancha, Caren Kibett, Shon Osimbo, Sara Adams, Joy Kariuki, Joab Mwaura, Tony Khwalanda and Milele FM presenter Felix Odiwuor alias Jalang’o.

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Church Services To Last For 90 Minutes, Persons Aged Between 6 and 65 Allowed To Attend

Church Services To Last For 90 Minutes


Church Services To Last For 90 Minutes
Church Services To Last For 90 Minutes

Churches have been open now for a little over a month since the Coronavirus pandemic hit Kenya.President Uhuru Kenyatta allowed faithfuls to congregate on July 6 but under strict measures to prevent the spread of the disease.Then, the head of state said that only 100 people would be allowed in at a particular time.

He also banned persons below the age of 13 and those above the age of 58 from attending church services.

Further, Uhuru stated that services will not last more than 60 minutes.

But an interfaith council on Tuesday amended some of the measures announced by the president.


Church Services To Last For 90 Minutes

For instance, sessions will go on for 90 minutes as opposed to the earlier announced timings.

Children aged 6 years will also be allowed to attend church services even after Uhuru suspended Sunday School.

If you are aged 65, you will starting August 18 be able to go to church.

Physical worship services were suspended in March as part of efforts to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus disease.

Some churches in the country resorted to online services to continue nourishing their congregants spiritually.

Several religious leaders had expressed concerns over the state move to close churches with some going to court to challenge the decision. The courts, however, refused to issue orders to reopen the places of worship and instead encouraged the clergy to embrace online services.

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