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MP Lays Emphasis On Self-Help Spirit

By Suleiman Shagata

Shinyanga — Special Seats Member of Parliament in Shinyanga Region, Ms Azza Hilal, has donated an assortment of items worth 33 million shillings, to some wards there.

In her remarks, she expressed dismay over the discovery that at Tinde Health Centre, which was established nearly one century ago, children and adults shared a ward. The scenario, the legislator lamented, was horrific, because, being vulnerable, they should be accommodated separately from adults.

She also stressed that community members should expel the notion of total dependence on the government and donors, and cultivate a volunteering spirit and selfreliance culture instead.

Elaborating, she said that, once pooled, whatever little money and labour everyone would contribute, would add up to a significant resource. This, she explained, could be invested in socially beneficial projects like dispensary buildings, adding that the initiatives would inspire better-resourced benefactors to donate top-ups in the form of money and materials.

She remarked further: “Your leaders, such as the MP and ward councillor, have several commitments, and so, do not expect them to initiate development projects for you. You should do so, and once they pick up momentum and they notice the progress, they will compliment your initiatives.”

Ms Hilal advised expectant mothers to refrain from delivering babies in risky environments at their homes, and use modern facilities instead.

In his reaction, the Tinde Ward councillor, Mr Jafal Kanolo, said community members had been eager to make contributors for development projects, but they were frustrated by dishonest leaders who pocketed their funds. During the tour, the MP donated medical equipment, beds and chairs in Shinyanga and Kishapu districts.

Tanzania

Increased Budget Allocation to Push Govt Industrial Drive

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Foot and Mouth Disease – Livestock Movement Banned in Eastern Province

By Emmanuel Ntirenganya

The Ministry of Agriculture has banned livestock movement from Nyagatare District following an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the area.

The New Times has learnt that the disease was first detected on Tuesday in some cows in Gabiro area.

The disease outbreak, and the restriction imposed, mean that Nyagatare farmers cease sale of about 60,000 litres of milk that they supply to Inyange Industries Ltd, a local milk processing factory, according to Pitas Mugisha, the vice chairperson of Nyagatare Dairy Farmers Union.

With a litre of milk sold at Rwf176 to the processor, the farmers will lose about Rwf10.5 million per day.

Mugisha said the quarantine also affects operation of a cattle market where about 500 cattle are sold per week in the district.

“As we approach the dry season, there are dairy farmers who wanted to get money from milk and cow sales to pay for their children’s school fees, but now it is not possible,” Mugisha told The New Times.

But he noted that the one-month quarantine was necessary to prevent the disease from spreading.

A statement, signed by the Agriculture and Animal Resources minister, Dr Gerardine Mukeshimana, yesterday, said the movement of livestock (cows, goats, sheep and pigs) as well as bovine markets in the sectors of Karangazi and Rwimiyaga in Nyagatare District; Kabonero and Rwembogo in Gatsibo District; Murundi, Gahini and Mwiri in Kayonza District, are temporarily banned.

It said cattle showing symptoms of the disease will be isolated.

The statement also warned of punitive measures for those who fail to comply with the quarantine, and cautioned livestock farmers against hiding affected cows.

“We have set up seven strategic sites, with three veterinary officers each, around the Gabiro centre so as to prevent the entry and exit of cows to prevent the disease spread,” Mugisha said.

He said water with disinfectants has been availed at entries of Gabiro so that people who enter or leave can wash their hands to disinfect.

The law determining the prevention and fight against contagious diseases for domestic animals in Rwanda, which was enacted in 2008, states in Article 46 that necessary measures should be taken for an immunisation to be carried out nationwide, buildings and tools to be sprayed with appropriate disinfectants, and special care ensured for transportation of any possible carrier of the virus, especially alive animals, manure, cowshed grass bedding, forage, livestock products.

Such measures also explain how such areas have to be cleaned and how these areas and any other object used in transporting them shall be sprayed with insecticide.

Article 49 of the same law states that the decision to lift measures relating to the declaration of presence of the foot and mouth disease is made after 21 days from the time the last infected animal has been liquidated.

Figures from the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources show that there is a cattle population of about 1.4 million in the country.

Information from Eastern Province shows that it has around 424,279 head of cattle.

Ethiopia: Committee Urges Ministry to Strengthen Green Development

By Tewodros Kassa

The Ministry of Water Irrigation and Electricity presented its Nine-month performance report to the Natural Resource Development and Environmental Protection Affairs Standing Committee of the House of People’s Representatives yesterday.

Presenting the report, Minister Dr. Eng. Sileshi Bekele said that the ministry is doing its level best in generating power from renewable energy sources.

Rural electrification program benefiting 60-70 million peoples is the focus area of the ministry for the next three years, he added.

Several water and wind power projects are nearing completion, in which most of them have achieved over 50 per cent completion, he said and adding, the GERD overall performance has reached 58.4 per cent.

He said that the ministry has set to generate 11,223.65 Giga watt hour energy in the reported period and generated 10,334.54 GW Hour energy (92 per cent).

The minister further said that it has earned more than 49 million USD from power export to Sudan and Djibouti.

According to him, financial shortage, trained human power turn out as well as false reports and contractors’ technical, material and financial limitations were the major hurdles for the effective implementations of projects.

After hearing the report, the Committee Deputy Chairperson Jembernesh Kinfe urged the Ministry to strengthen green economy development and supervision and support towards the execution of mega projects.

She emphasized that the ministry should succeed efforts regarding mobilizing the country’s economic development, since carries out the leading mega projects; like power supply and huge irrigation projects.

Ten towns out of the 15 towns coordinated drinking water projects have been completed while remaining ones are nearing completion, she said and added, all stakeholders should work closely for completion of the project.

She underlined that the ministry should intensify activities towards rural electrification and meet power demand of various industries across the nation.

According to her, upgrading substations and transformers capacity, solving power disruptions and accomplishing mega projects on time should be the focus areas of the ministry.

Ethiopia

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Botswana: Mining Minister Defends Secrecy in Mining Deals

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Botswana’s Minerals and Water Affairs Minister Sadique Kebonang on Tuesday insisted on maintaining the secrecy around mega government mining contracts, saying that “no country signs transparent agreements”.

He said “commercial agreements are confidential by nature because of the sensitive of information they have.” Kebonang was commenting on recommendations by the World Bank that Botswana should make details of its large mining contracts with private companies public, arguing that such development will improve transparency in Botswana business dealings.

But Mmegi newspaper on Tuesday quoted the minister as saying that “even the World Bank, when they give us loans some details of the loan agreement are kept secret.” According to Kebonang, the confidentially and negotiation surrounding large government mining contracts is fine. “We have various representatives from the Ministry, parastatal and private sectors Government and private attorneys and mining experts who are part of government’s negotiating team.

The participation of such parties in the negotiation process renders the negotiation process transparent,” he was quoted as saying. Kebonang further stated that after agreements have been sealed, stakeholder’s such as the media are informed about the outcome of the agreements. He said those who are given a mandate to negotiate on behalf of Government secure maximum benefits for the nation.

Botswana

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Health Ministry Assures of Measures to Keep Ebola Away

By Verah Okeyo And Elizabeth Merab

The government has stepped up surveillance at entry points into the country following the outbreak of lethal Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu said that all surveillance teams have been activated.

“We sent an alert to all counties, especially those at the borders, to look out for signs like fever and any other suspicious signs pointing to Ebola”, he told the Nation on phone on Tuesday.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) confirmed cases of Ebola in DRC early this week, where three people have died so far in 19 suspected cases.

This outbreak comes just a year after the end of an epidemic in West Africa that killed more than 11,300 people, mostly in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. It was termed the world’s worst Ebola outbreak which affected more than 28,600.

LETHARGIC RESPONSE

The WHO was criticised for a lethargic response to the disease, an omission that may have been a blessing in disguise as African nations such as Kenya strengthened their response to such attacks.

Also, the global vaccine alliance, GAVI, and pharmaceutical company Merck hinted at using the “opportunity” to launch the Ebola vaccine.

Kenya had sent a team of about 160 health workers to the affected countries to boost response efforts.

A statement sent to newsrooms by the Director of Medical Services Jackson Kioko also provides two numbers – 0732353535 and 0729471414 – for the public to inquire or report any suspected case of Ebola.

RISK OF IMPORTATION

“While the Ministry is fully aware of the seriousness of Ebola and the risk of importation of the virus to Kenya, we wish to assure the public that the outbreak has occurred in a remote zone in DRC and, with timely effective responses having been mounted, the disease is unlikely to spread widely in the region”, Dr Kioko wrote in his statement.

Dr Mailu said that there are forms that will be filled in at the airport, and should there be any suspect case, they will be traced and monitored in their homes.

“This is not just for people whose final destination is Kenya, but also for people who are in transit,” he said.

Hosting an international airport that acts as a stopover for most travellers in Africa, Kenya suspended some of its flights in the last bout of Ebola attacks in West Africa.

Dr Mailu said that there are also leaflets at the airport that the Ministry has issued to be given to travellers and workers to remind them of the need to be alert.

SCREENING EQUIPMENT

Dr Maurice Simiyu, Busia’s health executive, said that the national government gave the county special screening equipment.

“It is much quicker to screen people as they come through here, and that puts our minds at ease,” Dr Simiyu said.

Busia has two borders – Busia and Malaba – with heavy traffic from Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi and DRC.

Congo, whose dense forests contain the River Ebola near where the disease was first detected in 1976, has experienced many outbreaks and has mostly succeeded in containing the attacks without large-scale loss of life.

The East African Community may have opened the borders for trade as well as the ease at which infectious diseases can move from one country to another.

STRENGTHEN PARTNERSHIP

Dr Mailu added that this latest attack has prompted the government to strengthen the partnership between the human and veterinary departments in the country as the threat of Zoonoses increase.

Zoonoses are diseases that move from animals to man, making veterinarians a key component in responding to them.

Nevertheless, Kenya was the first country in the Eastern African region to have a Zoonotic Disease Unit (ZDU) in 2006 to tackle these kinds of outbreaks.

Kenya was also the first country in Africa to train elite squad of epidemiologists -those people who track how diseases break, spread and then they contain it– in a programme called Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (Feltp)

LATER DIED

The first case, which came April 22, involved a 45-year-old man. The taxi driver who took the man to the hospital and a person who cared for the man both became sick and later died, WHO said.

Ebola is a highly infectious virus spread through contact with bodily fluids, and testing shows the latest outbreak involves the Zaire strain, the most dangerous of the viruses known to cause the disease.

A 2007 outbreak of this strain in Congo had a fatality rate of 74 per cent, claiming 200 lives.

On Saturday, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO’s regional director for Africa, met with national authorities in Kinshasa to discuss ways to mount a response to the outbreak.

“WHO has already mobilized technical experts to be deployed on the ground and is ready to provide the leadership and technical expertise required to mount a coordinated and effective response,” Moeti said.

Kenya: Governors Want CS Mailu to Publish Disbursement of Doctors’ Cash

By Simon Ndonga

Nairobi — The Council of Governors wants Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu to make public the schedule of disbursements for each County Government following delays in the payment of doctors’ salary arrears after their strike.

In a statement, the Governors stated that they also need to know the dates and actual amounts disbursed to the counties.

“Contrary to media reports and the statement made by the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Health Cleopa Mailu, County Governments have not received any funds to pay nurses, doctors, clinical officers and other health professionals,” CoG said in the statement.

The governors explained that what was budgeted for the nurses, clinical officers and other health workers in the counties as allowances amounted to Sh1.6 billion with doctors getting Sh1.5 billion.

“The National Government had committed to provide County Governments with funds to pay for the increase allowances awarded to health personnel for six months starting January 2017 to June 2017,” they said.

They explained that the monies were meant to cushion counties for six months before end of the 2016/17 financial year.

They stated that the allocation is yet to be disbursed to any County Government since the Senate has not resumed its sessions to approve the allocations.

“However, we are aware that the Ministry of Health has already paid the health workers under its docket leaving out health workers at the Counties.”

The Council of Governors also demanded to know under what provisions of the law the ministry purported to disburse the monies to the County Governments without the Senate’s approval.

Kenya

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Liberia: No Bribe for Service in Public Sector – Minister Dahn Must Stop Buck At Department of Vital Statistics

editorial

IN LIBERIA, ACCESS to service remains quite a challenge, if you don’t have the money to bribe.

MANY TIMES ONE goes through hell and high water just to obtain a simple document which can be obtained by just a simple waive of the hand.

FROM THE CIVIL SERVICE Agency, the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, Ministry of Post and Telecommunications to the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the corruption at the midlevel is becoming so sickening and it is frustrating many Liberians.

ONE PLACE WHICH HAS stood out in this issue of unbridled corruption is the Ministry of Health’s Department of Vital Statistics which is headed by Solomon Barton.

WHEN PRESIDENT ELLEN Johnson-Sirleaf became weary of the many pains it took Liberians to get a passport, she appointed Madame Mary Broh to clean up the mess and in a true hurricane fashion, Madame Broh swept through, breezing away every semblance of corruption. Today, it takes just three days to obtain a Liberian passport.

BUT THE SAME CANNOT be said of the Ministry of Health’s department of vital statistics.

THE DEPARTMENT IS WHERE birth certificates are processed, especially for Liberians needing a passport to travel.

HOWEVER, THE ISSUE IS becoming quite thorny as obtaining a birth certificate in Liberia, it seems, is becoming quite a challenge for many people.

THOUGH THE MINISTRY of Health has set a timeline of one week plus LD$500 to obtain a birth certificate, the regulation is far from what is written on paper.

OUR REPORTER, Henry Karmo, snooped around the department of vital statistics on Capitol By-Pass last week and there he met many Liberians with a spate of complaints about the department which seems to be wallowing in excessive corruption.

MARY MONFFUER A mother of three said she has filed in for her three children for a birth certificate but for the past seven weeks she is yet to receive the certificates from the Bureau and according to her she is disappointed in the delays.

“WHAT IS MORE DISAPPOINTING is that after your certificate is being delayed it comes to you with errors the guys in the printing room are not doing well,” she said.

“MY BROTHER MORE THAN one month I have run after this certificate, but I’m yet to receive it. Every day they will tell me to go come tomorrow, so I am disappointed. I need my birth certificate to obtain my passport,” said one Liberian.

WHAT’S PAINFUL AMID THE dillydallying many are given, is the paying of bribes to staff within the department in order to get one’s certificate. For many who cannot afford to bribe or are principled, it means waiting or weeks and sometimes months to obtain their birth certificate.

WHAT’S EVEN MORE disappointing about all of these complaints coming from Liberians who are paying for this service is the cheeky and rude response coming from Solomon Barton, director of the department of vital statistics when queried by FrontPage Africa about the spate of complaints coming from disappointed Liberians.

BARTON SAID IF OUR reporter isn’t a relative of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, he’s not answerable to anyone.

“BECAUSE THAT IS the only person whose name I will hear and get afraid, so if you are not then you are wasting your time.”

IMAGINE SUCH A POPPYCOCK coming from one who is answerable to the public. Minister Bernice Dahn certainly needs to apply her magic wand at the vital statistics department.

WE DETEST THIS KIND of response coming from the head of the department of vital statistics. His statement has shown his incompetence for the job and he needs to be given his marching orders by Minister Dahn.

LIBERIANS CERTAINLY do not deserve this kind of treatment at the Ministry of Health. Must everything associated with health be an issue in Liberia?

THAT HE CANNOT TAKE responsibility for all that is happening in his department and even though he was shamefully disgraced when Madame Broh was seconded to his department to place things in order and a year a two after those, things are back to square one, means the entire department of vital statistics needs to be shaken up and Minister Bernice Dahn must stop the buck there NOW!!!

Tanzania: Govt to Produce Anaesthesia Experts to Avert Maternal Mortality in the Country

By John Namkwahe

Dar es Salaam — The government plans to produce skilled anaesthesiologists to promote the best practice in the fields of anaesthesia in the country in a fresh bid to avert maternal mortality among Tanzanian women.

This follows statistics availed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Heath Dr Mpoki Ulisubisya on Monday, which indicated that Tanzania has only 24 (5.4 per cent) anaesthesiologists with a Bachelor’s Degree in anaesthesia. According to him, the number was too small compared to the demand of the services in the country.

Addressing the delegates at the 4th Society of Anaesthesiologists of Tanzania (SATA)’s scientific conference and annual general meeting whose theme focused on averting maternal mortality among Tanzanian women, Dr Ulisubisya said there was a need to generate enough experts who will be capable to save lives of rural Tanzanian women who at large don’t have access to the related services in their respective living areas

According to Dr Ulisubisya, 556 in every 100, 000 Tanzanian women die per year due to unsafe deliveries, saying the best practice in the fields of anaesthesia would help to reduce the number of deaths among Tanzanian women in the country.

“The government is now implementing its strategy to ensure every ward has one modern health facility. The task which is ahead now is to have experts who can work in these facilities and help in supervising several issues related to healthcare provision among Tanzanians,” he noted.

Tanzania

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Nigeria: Govt to Float N600 Billion Bond to Offset Construction Debt

By Sunday Michael Ogwu

Lagos — Discussion have reached an advanced stage between the Federal Government and the Federation of Construction Industry (FOCI) to settle the outstanding debt of about N600 billion owed construction companies in the country.

Engineer Wolfgang Goetsch, the Managing Director of Julius Berger dislosed this at the company’s annual investors forum held recently in Lagos.

Goetsch said: “The whole construction company is ruining under the heavy burden of debt. The entire equity and free funds of this companies are lying with the Ministry of Finance or the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) as outstanding payments on contract or tax refunds.

“The government today understands that if these past due obligations are not paid, these companies cannot inject new funds in any project awarded today.” He further disclosed that, the government has agreed that the old debt payment would also bear interest since most of the companies took loans to finance these constructions and have continued to pay default interest on the outstanding amounts to the banks.

He said: “Under the leadership of FOCI, we are having fruitful discussion with the Federal Government and in three months, we should finalise, so that bonds can be issued. We had same process in 2005 and 2011.”

The government would likely issue a 5-10 bond to the construction companies which are expected to have a positive impact on the balance sheet of the construction companies. “

Nigeria

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Sudan: AOAD Director General Pledges to Work With Sudanese Ministry of Agriculture to Develop Agricultural Sector in Arab World

Khartoum — The Director-General of Arab Organization for Agricultural Development (AOAD) Prof. Ibrahim Adam Ahmed Al-Dekhairi Professor Ibrahim Adam El-Dekhairi has pledged to work together with the Sudanese Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry to contribute to the development of the agricultural sector in the Arab world.

The Director-General of the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development stressed, in a statement to (SUNA), AOAD concern with the implementation of the initiative of President Al-Bashir on the Arab Food Security in cooperation with the leaderships of agricultural action in Arab countries, particularly the officials in Sudan, pointing out that Sudan is capable to achieve this initiative for its multiple potentials in the agricultural field, revealing that the initiative has a strong legislative, regulatory and structural framework operating in homogeneity and seriousness.

Professor Al-Dekhairi stressed AOAD concern, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, with augmentation of production and productivity, revealing a number of initiatives to enhance Arab cooperation in accordance with the sustainable development strategical document, adding that it is an ambitious blueprint only requires spending acceleration, explaining that the new situation in Sudan represented by the National Reconciliation Government, the lifting of the US sanctions and the great rapprochement between the Sudan and the countries of the region, are the most important factors that will help implement the strategy of sustainable development in the Arab world.

According to the studies, the minister predicted that Sudan would contribute with about 35% of its products to the reduction of the bill of the Arab world of consumption goods, which is estimated at about 35 billion dollars, in addition to the implementation of the President’s Initiative for Arab food security.

Sudan

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