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KEMSA to be taken over by KDF as staff are sent home.

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The Board of the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) has confirmed that organizational reform efforts have kicked off. On Thursday, November 4, In a press conference, KEMSA Board Chair Mary Chao announced that all non-core employees had been asked to work from home as the agency goes through its reforms.

The release of all staff to work from home is a procedural formality to facilitate the review of the organisational structure and will be undertaken expeditiously to ensure that the staff complement is fit for purpose and within the approved staff establishment levels,” she said.

A report by the task force appointed to investigate KEMSA’s shortcomings has revealed challenges in critical functions within the Authority that deserve to be expeditiously addressed.

The challenges identified in the report confirm that KEMSA is currently grossly underperforming and largely unable to meet clients ‘urgent needs, particularly the delivery of essential Medicines and Products to the counties, referral hospitals, and programs.

The key challenges are divided into four buckets :

1. Financial Crisis – This is manifested through a lack of Financial Controls, with a Debt Crisis arising from structures that are not optimized to collect.

2. Supply chain Crisis – This has led to a low Order Fill Rate and a High Turn Around Time (TAT)

3. Warehousing and Distribution Chaos – This is manifested through deadstock, purchase of non – priority items, and poor optimization of distribution models.

4. Procurement chaos – We experience Long Lead Times as a result of operating inefficiencies.

After a review of the report, the Board holds that these challenges will require further review of KEMSA around three key areas:

1. Structure – The organization structure establishes the degree to which it is constrained in achieving the strategic objectives.

2. Governance – To determine the best-fit approach to leadership and oversight across the organization.

3. Processes – To determine gaps in the organisation’s processes, procedures, and technology.

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Earthquake in Afghanistan kills at least 22 people.

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Two earthquakes rattled western Afghanistan on Monday killing more than 20 people and destroying hundreds of homes, a local official said.

The US Geological Survey registered a magnitude 5.3 quake at 2 pm and a second, magnitude 4.9 at 4 pm local time.

Unfortunately, our initial reports show that 22 people, including women and children, have been killed and four others injured,” said Baz Mohammad Sarwari

The Mujahideen have reached to some of the affected areas, but Badghis is a mountainous province, the number of casualties might go up,” he added

According to the head of the Emergency Operations Center of the Ministry of State for Emergency Affairs, more than 700 houses had been damaged.

the earthquakes struck 41 kilometers (25 miles) east and 50 kilometers (31 miles) southeast of Qala-e-Naw, the provincial capital

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Kenya orders 31 items that Google should remove from the internet

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Summary;Kenya orders google to remove 31 items from the internet

From 2020 Kenya made 14 requests to Google. This included one content they found to be a copyright infringement, one takedown for fraud, two items bordering around hate speech, and seven requests for violations the government found were not listed by Google.

The reasons for the takedowns ranged from national security, fraud, and copyright 

According to a report released by Surfshark, Kenya submitted 31 requests to Google for the content.

YouTube received 101,015 tаkedown requests in the lаst decаde, compаred to 60,898 for Google Seаrch. Google Docs, Gmаil, аnd Google Photos also received tаkedown requests.

“We receive content removal requests through a variety of avenues and from all levels of government — court orders, written requests from national and local government agencies, and requests from law enforcement professionals. 

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“Sometimes users will forward us government removal requests, such as when someone attaches a court order showing certain content to be illegal.

But the tech giant stated that it always evaluates the legitimacy and completeness of a government request which must be in writing.

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Ex-Prisons boss Mwenda dies after bathroom accident

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Mwenda, who was in charge of Naivasha prison before retiring, was instrumental in introducing reforms in the facility, including an education program that now benefits more than 2,000 inmates.

Mwenda suffered head surgery after falling in his bathroom. He died at a private hospital in Mombasa two days after being admitted.

Meanwhile, one person died on the spot and two others were seriously injured on Monday night after a road accident along Naivasha-Mai Mahiu road.

The car they were travelling in rammed into an oncoming trailer near Chechnia centre.

The injured were admitted to Naivasha Subcounty Hospital.

Naivasha police boss Samuel Waweru said the car was heading to Mai Mahiu when it rammed into the trailer.

Occupants of the trailer escaped with minor injuries.

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