Monthly Archives: April 2014

Do You Suffer From Chronic Pain? If Your State Allows It, You May Want to Consider Medical Marijuana

Doctors medical marijuana

Are you or a family member in need of medication to fight chronic pain related to a serious medical condition? If so you may want to consider seeking out doctors who prescribe medical marijuana.

Of course it matters whether or not you live in a state that where medical marijuana card doctors can practice. A total of fourteen states now allow medical marijuana to be prescribed to patients. These states include California, Vermont, Oregon, New Jersey, Michigan, and Maine, among others. That said, patients in these states are not allowed to grow it. If they do, they may

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Kenya’s health workers claim mismanagement

Kenya's health workers claim mismanagement

The healthcare system of Kenya is totally fragile and the recently announced devolution plan has created more problems for the people of Kenya.  Thousands of health workers had left their jobs due to decentralization of health system and most of the protesters demanded that “National Health Commission” should be established for overseeing the devolution process.

Though, the government of Kenya promised that it would delay the implementation process of this devolution plan yet the health worker continued to protest against the move. Dr Nelly Bosire the chairwoman for the Kenya Medical Practitioners Nairobi said that “the government of Kenya had never taken serious note of our health care system and there are many things that had to be addressed here”.

On the other hand, the doctors and health workers of Kenya categorically said that “there are no medical facilities available in the hospitals and we face serious problems during the time of health care assistance to patients”. They questioned that “how could we save a life of patient when we do not have enough drugs”?

It goes without saying, the President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta said that “this is not the matter of negotiations, I urge you to go back to hospitals for treating the patients”. His request to doctors had been declined and all the health professionals said that unless our grievances were not addressed, we would not return back to work.

The healthcare system of Kenya is on the verge of collapse and unless doctors and professionals do not return to their hospitals, lives of people would remain at risk.

AMREF Kenya receives award for Contributions to Maternal Health

AMREF Kenya receives award for Contributions to Maternal Health

AMREF Kenya has received an award for its commendable contribution to ameliorate the maternal health care in Kenya.  It was the MDGs trust that bestowed the award to AMREF for tirelessly working in the said sector.

Actually, MDGs trust is an organization that recognizes that efforts of local NGOs, individuals, Private and Public sectors, and Development Partner Institutions. It is said that those institutions that collectively work with UNDP Kenya, Ministry of State for Planning, Synovate and the Government of Finland, and National Development and Vision 2030 are given the awards for their outstanding performance to address the social problems of Kenya.

Besides, in the last three years, there are few institutions of Kenya that have grossly implemented the millennium development goals.  Actually, millennium Development Goals Award is recognition for bringing revolutionary changes in different capacities and most of the Kenyan based organizations are trying their best to develop the social fiber as per the MDGs targets.

‘Pocket Optician’ trialed in Kenyan schools

Eyeglasses and eye chart

The school teachers of Kenya are going to test eyes of the students through modified smart-phone called as “Pocket Optician”. Visual impairment is supposed to be one of the biggest issues in developing world and Kenyan based teachers have started using this modified cellular technology for identification of myopia and many other sighting problems. It is said that the project of detecting the visual problems in schools has been initiated by London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and this will inevitably help the students to improve their vision. The name of this kit is “Portable Eye Examination Kit”.

On the other hand, World Health Organization claims that “there are 285 million people who are suffering from the eye sight problems and they can be cured if proper treatment is provided”. WHO further adds a big majority of people -suffering from eye problems- resides in rural areas and they are not able to come to hospitals to get their eyes tested.
Apart from this, Dr Andrew Bastawrous who was also a group member that designed the Portable Eye Examination Kit said that “most of the students do not perform well in the schools due to eye sighting problems and once their eyes are cured, they will inevitably perform well in the classes”.

In addition, an ophthalmologist at Kitale District Hospital Dr Hillary Rono said that “I was really excited to know about the PEEK project and it will surely help us to cure eye problems of the school students”.

Lastly, this pilot project will initially be trialed in 10 schools of Kitale District and once the testing phase is successfully completed, this project will be implemented across the country.

Kenya sacks 25,000 striking health workers

Kenya hospital

Kenyan government fired 25,000 health workers for not abiding the official order and putting the life of serious patients at stake.  The government said in its official notification that “the sacked staff will be replaced by unemployed professionals and hospital nurses”.

The spokesman of the government Alfred Mutua said that “those professionals who defied the directives had been permanently deleted from the payroll and all unemployed nurses and professionals have been directed to submit their resumes for the fresh appointments”.

It is said that the sacked employees had staged demonstration against the government and promised that they would not return to work unless their grievances pertaining to allowances were not addressed. On the other hand, a private news agency reported that a mother and her newborn baby had died due to not availability of initial treatment in the maternity hospital and there were many other patients who were facing the same life risks owing to paucity of health staff.

Besides, a member of the Kenya Health Professionals Society Frederick Omiah said that “the new decision of government is going to spark more violence in Nairobi and many other parts of the country and this was very bad decision”.  He further said that life of the patients is at stake and appointment of new professionals will take time to complete the selection process.  Hence, it would be better if the government reinstate the sacked workers.

Contrary to this, the spokesman of the government Mutua said that “we do not have shortage of professionals and there are about 100,000 to 200,000 workers ready to work on the vacant jobs, hence we would like to continue with the recruitment process to save the lives of people as soon as possible”.

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