June 2019

Mount Kenya University Council Member, Consolata Kiragu hands over a dummy key to Senior Thika Level 5 Hospital staff during the handing over of a Kshs 5 million Ablution block to the hospital.
The number of people afflicted with cancer has regrettably risen in Thika, Thika Level Five hospital superintendent Dr Patrick Nyaga has warned.
Nyaga says that many people living in Thika community have been suffering in silence while many others who have not gone for screening could know about their fate late when the disease has ravaged them.
Calling Thika community to attention that the fatal disease has come and urgent interventions ought to have been performed, the doctor said that cancer is only likely to get to many who are unscreened in the coming years.
He said that lack of a cancer centre at the facility could be blamed for late screening of many people in Thika.
Speaking during a ceremony where Mt Kenya University handed over Sh 5 million worth of an ablution block to the hospital, Nyaga said that the institution has been referring patients to Nairobi before they are further referred to India for treatment and care.
To ease the cost burden of many patients living with the disease, Nyaga unveiled plans by Thika Community to set up a Thika Cancer Care Centre with a diagnostic wing and information department by the close of this year.
Consequently, the hospital has organized an awareness twenty-one-kilometer marathon on August 11 which is expected to raise between Sh 15-20 million for the ambitious project.
“We are saying this cannot continue. We are asking people to live a healthy lifestyle, exercise, look at their diet and participate in helping those who are affected by contributing the little they have to set up Thika Cancer Care Centre,” he said.
He called on all Thika citizens to collaboratively stand up and be counted in the war against cancer. “It affects us all both directly and indirectly,” he said.
The marathon, according to Nyaga will be shared into three, a five-kilometer family walk, ten-kilometer fitness and the twenty-one-kilometer competition.
A huge camp set at Thika stadium and Thika Level Hospital to screen people for cancer and raise awareness about the deadly disease in the country.
“The centre will be for anybody walking from the street. People will get screened and attached to care centres existing in the country. We however have a future plan of setting up a treatment centre so that those screened do not have to go out,” he said.
Dr Josephat Njuguna, the principle college of health science at MKU lauded the 10-year-long relationship between the varsity and the facility.
Njuguna said the university will gladly partner with the hospital in its endeavors to bring awareness on cancer issues
He said that MKU will continue to partner with the hospital for better health care to the community adding that the university will soon set up a cold room at a cos of Sh 5 million to preserve bodies at General Kago funeral home which the university constructed a few years ago at a cost of Sh 300 million.
“We are enjoying this relationship and we hope it will continue growing to ensure we have enough staff to take care of our health. We will also partner with the hospital to raise awareness on cancer issues,” he said.
According to new global cancer data, the cancer burden has globally risen to 18.1 million cases. Last year alone according to World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) 9.6 million cancer deaths were recorded globally.
WHO suggests that one in five men and one in six women worldwide develop cancer during their lifetime, and one in eight men and one in 11 women die from the disease with population growth, ageing, late detection and screening cited as major factors behind it.


Kiambu County Government has opened a 5-days free orthopedic camp at Thika and Kiambu Level 5 Hospitals.

The medical camp, that is in partnership with Mount Kenya University (MKU), Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and Kenyatta University doctors, will run from 10th of June to 14th with the first 3 days at Thika Level 5 Hospital and the last and 2 days at Kiambu hospital.

My government has sponsored the purchase of implants for the free orthopaedic medical camp to the tune of Ksh 6 million. I thank Beta Charitable Trust - UK and CHEPS Kenya who have donated 30 pairs of crutches for use by the surgery beneficiaries,” said Governor Ferdinand Waititu during the official launch of the exercise.

The medical camp will benefit 55 needy patients, most of whom are victims of road accidents with bodaboda operators constituting the largest percentage.

Such operations require implants which cost between Sh 30,000- Sh 50,000, something that has made so many of them stay in hospital for quite a long time for being unable to raise the money.

Waititu urged residents to register for NHIF as this will ease the burden on families and help hospitals offer better services to victims.

He further revealed plans by the county to open a private wing at the upper floor of Thika’s reproductive health unit.

“We want to use money paid by patients at the private wing to sustain our hospitals operations as well as helping the poor who access services in our hospital,” he added.

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has called on Kenyans to intensify tree planting across the country to restore the fragile ecosystem destroyed over the years.
Speaking at Ruiru Dam in Kiambu County today during this year’s Bamboo Planting Day, the First Lady said the erratic weather the country has been experiencing in recent years is a consequence of unchecked deforestation which has significantly depleted national forest cover without reciprocal efforts towards conservation.
“The extreme weather we experienced is attributable to climate change and the consequences of our actions. The dry weather we experienced for many months affected us all, we suffered famine, we lost lives, we lost our harvest,” the First Lady said.
She said forests support human life in different ways including contributing to food security, has medicinal value, and are sources of wood energy for millions of Kenyans among other uses.
The First Lady called on Kenyans not to tire in correcting the environmental havoc we have collectively caused to the country but continue cultivating the culture of continuous conservation.
“I encourage us not to tire correcting the damage we, in our different actions, have done to the environment. I urge us to continue embracing conservation values and become better advocates and champions of the management of our precious forests and water catchment areas,” she said
During his Madaraka Day address to the Nation from Narok County, President Uhuru Kenyatta also challenged Kenyans to plant trees in their homes and neighbourhoods to help transform our environment through “a tree at a time”.
The President announced that the government has rolled out the “Greening Kenya Initiative” that will ensure the country’s tree cover soars to the globally recommended 10 per cent by 2022.
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta called for strong policies backed up by practical and sustainable interventions that create a meaningful impact on our environmental conservation initiatives that are structured to benefit both communities and households.
This year’s Bamboo Planting event was a collaborative initiative between the Ministry of Environment, the Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company (NCWSC) under whose management the Ruiru dam falls, the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI), the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) and Bidco Africa.
Ruiru Dam is one of the oldest water reservoirs for Nairobi, constructed by the colonial government almost 90 years ago to supplement Kikuyu springs.
The evergreen and fast maturing Bamboo tree species were chosen deliberately for their many environmental benefits especially their water retention and restoration capacity.
The First Lady applauded Bidco Africa and its partners for the initiative saying the private sector has potential to become a key contributor to the restoration of ecosystems and reversal of human actions that continue to negatively impact the environment.
She said for environmental interventions and restoration processes to be successful, local communities must be allowed to participate fully.
“As a passionate conservationist, it inspires me to see communities, women, men and children, participate in conservation practices that they will benefit from and be positively impacted," the First Lady said.

Mount Kenya University has awarded top performers from Muranga County during Muranga County Education day that was held at Muranga Teachers College. MKU awarded the following areas:
  1. POYA 2018 (Principal of the Year Award)
  2. TOYA 2018 (Teacher of the Year Award)
  3. iTOYA 2018 (Innovative Teacher of the Year Award)
  4. VAP- Most Improved Student 2018

The Principal Gaichanjiru High School, Mr. Mbothu was awarded POYA( Principal Of The Year Award 2019) while Most improved Student award was grabbed by Kamau Josphat Mwangi of Mioro Secondary School; Mr. Kamau also dubbed as the nationally most improved students in 2018.

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