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Vaccines manufactured by KEVEVAPI are contaminated — AU report

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Kenyan Animal Medicine manufacturer Kenya Veterinary Vaccines Production Institute (KEVEVAPI) is under siege after being accused of manufacturing contaminated drugs.

An African Union Report QCR 849, authored by the Union’s Pan African Vaccine Centre, details the level of contamination of many of the products released by KEVEVAPI over the time period assessed by the report.

The matter has incensed some practitioners who want to call for an audit of the practices at the Institute. According to interactions within an online forum called The Kenya Veterinary Alumni (vetkenya@googlegroups.com) and Kenya-Kabete 1909 Vet’s Group (kvetforum), some Kenyan Vet Doctors citing these problems, have called for an overhaul of the Institute.

Henry Maduma Kamagy, a Kenyan veterinary doctor, in a post in the groups, states that the institute has sold contaminated vaccines to unsuspecting farmers.

The incident forced the chair of Council of Governors (CoG) to write a letter advising all counties in Kenya to stop any further procurement of vaccines from KEVEVAPI until it clears it’s mess.

In the recent past, KEVEVAPI has been facing problems compounded by other reports that came out in September 2018, which suggested that President Uhuru Kenyatta, was fooled by the same institute to launch contaminated vaccines worth Kenya Shillings 92 million.

In one report, seen on the Kenyan online portal https://www.tuko.co.ke , https://www.tuko.co.ke/286397-uhuru-fooled-by-veterinary-institute-launch-contaminated-vaccine-worth-ksh-92-million-report.html#286397 which cites a report which states that a vaccine that had neither been registered nor the level of purity ascertained was launched by Kenyatta, the incident caused embarrassment to the head of state.

This came against a back drop of a grant of Kenya Shillings 200 million, given by the Government of Kenya, to KEVEVAPI for producing vaccines for a range of Animal diseases, including Foot and Mouth, Contagious Bovine Pleuro-pneumonia (CBPP), Lumpy Skin Disease, Contagious Caprine Pleuro-pneumonia (CCPP), Peste de Petits Ruminants (PPR), Sheep and Goat Pox (S&GP), and Newcastle Disease (NCD).

The report indicates that “KEVEVAPI received a grant of KSh 200 million vide A.I.E serial No A741283 dated 23.08.2016 and Ref No D002806-011205-V2/2014/15 from Treasury through State Department of Livestock, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Development Vote.”

In addition, “all the 430,000 doses of vaccine expired with the institution losing about KSh 92,450,000. In addition, the institution suffered losses worth KSh 78 million due to contamination of vaccines. Disposal was not done as per the disposal Act 2015,” the report states.

In spite of failing quality control tests, KEVEVAPI continued to release the drugs on to the market.

There is a concern that Kenya’s veterinary practitioners shall shun the products from KEVEVAPI until their quality issues are addressed.

Efforts to contact the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of KEVEVAPI for a comment were futile.

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List of 70 Ugandan Girls Stranded in Abudhabi out, None of them went through Licensed Companies.

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By Amon Baita

A list of 70 girls who are stranded at the Ugandan Embassy in AbuDhabi has
been released by the ministry of gender, labour and social development and none of the girls on the list indicates went through a licensed and
registered company by the government as it shows most of them went by
visit visas or could have been trafficked by individuals.

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The list that was released contains passport number details,names and
departure status (Sponsor individual  names ) who facilitated their
travel instead of government labour externalisation approved
companies.

  An official from the ministry said that all girls on the list  had
gone to secure themselves informal jobs as house maids in the Middle
East traveled to the Arab nation as tourists without any guidance of
registered Recruitment Agencies under the Ministry of Gender and
Labour.
“At the moment, they’re residing at the Uganda Guest House within the
Embassy of Uganda in Abu Dhabi”.He said.
 With high rates of unemployment levels in the country ,Ugandans have
had the option of externalizing labor and try to make ends meet abroad
but the ministry maintains that it should be done within the right
procedures.
“We have said this before and we shall not tire to say it over and
over again. If you want to work abroad, make sure you do that through
licensed companies under the Ministry that are in place to ensure our
citizens get safe and secure job placements abroad and can be
monitored severally because we shall not be responsible for Ugandans
who go by themselves”,The Minister of labour Janat Mukwaya maintained
recently as the government of Uganda signed bilateral agreement with
UAE government.
“All these girls that are stranded at embassy possess VISIT VISAS.
They traveled on their own and thought they could get the jobs by
themselves which is bad because the employers will either not trust
your work ethics or take you up to exploit you if they’re
evil-hearted” the ministry official noted.

The Ministry called upon all Ugandans with intentions to work abroad
to use the legal, and secure channels to go abroad which is through
licensed companies supervised by the Ministry of Gender, Labour and
Social Development.

When we contacted Uganda Association of External labour recruitment
agencies(UAERA),The public relations manager Ronald Mukundane said
that those youths who venture on their own to find jobs abroad are
categorized as ‘Adventures’.
”Non of these girls on the list went through a licensed company as
indicated on the list”, and this category of youth are the ones who
make a lot of noise on social media whenever they get into trouble
while there hence tarnishing the image of our industry”,He said
arguing young Ugandans who intend to travel for work abroad to always
contact either the ministry of labour or the Association’s offices at
BMK house for guidance about licensed companies to go through.He also
asked the ministry in collaboration with the media and UAERA to
investigate those who could be responsible for these young Ugandans
since some individual names are indicated on the list as their
sponsors.

The Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development developed a
digital system to host all processes involved in labour exportation so
as to fight human trafficking in the externalisation of labour .
According to the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Mr. Pius Bigirimana,
the External Employment Management Information System (EEMIS) has been designed to manage the entire application workflow ranging from
submission of an application to go and work abroad to approval.

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10 Reasons Why Millennials Are Not as Healthy as The Previous Generations

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Things have changed drastically down the years. Beginning from our modes of communication to the food structure, everything has taken a 360-degree turn. The millennial generation is of those people who were born in the ’80s, ’90s, and 2000s. It is no wonder that as a millennial generation, we are not as healthy as our parents and grandparents used to be when they were young and of our ages. There are many reasons for this. In this article, I will be discussing all the reasons behind us as the millennial generation running into so many diseases these days.

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Previous generations were perfect in terms of their mental and physical health. However, the current generation is the one that bumps into multiple issues every year. The truth is that many factors affect our health. Simple examples include climate changes, pollution, processed/canned foods, fizzy drinks, etc. Very few people have a healthy lifestyle, which is why the percentage of healthy people has drastically reduced down the years. In this article, I will articulate all those reasons because of which millennials are weak, mentally and physically.

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10 reasons why millennials are less healthy as compared to older generations:

1.      Misbalanced lifestyle kills

Our elders had a great lifestyle, which is why they were always fit and healthy. Our generation is the one that has poor eating and sleeping habits. We have become more aggressive and lazy as a result of so many facilities around us. Our lifestyles are not healthy, and we have poor habits, which is why we run into many problems as young people. Back in the ’90s and ’80s, people had a very good lifestyle, used to sleep on time, wake up early in the morning, would exercise and stay fit.

2.      Poor eating habits

The term fast food was coined by MacDonald’s in 1948, and for many years this company had a monopoly in the world. Currently, there are thousands of fast food chains around the world that offer instantly cooked food to people. Our generation eats more, exercises less, and consumes unhygienic food. They say that it is crucial to have breakfast early in the morning, lunch in the afternoon and dinner before 7 pm. Our generation has completely changed the dynamics of that which is why people are becoming obese.

3.      Less physical work develops obesity

With much advancement in technology, there’s no work that cannot be done without the help of technology. Our elders used to do everything on their own, which is why they had amazing bodies. Obesity was rarely heard or written about in those days. The more the body moves, the better it is for our health. With home delivery services and everything on the doorstep, we have stopped moving out and around the city. Secondly, with everyone sticking to their phones all the time, there has been a decrease in the trend of working out.

4.      Sleeping late affects eyes

Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. I wish if we would have acted upon it. Social media is yet another disease which consumes a lot of our time, and as a result, we sleep late. The effect of mobile phones is that it deprives us of sleep, and the sleeping time gets naturally reduced. Our elders had great habits, which is why they always had great eyesight. These days, kids are often born with weak eyesight and multiple issues.

5.      Smoking and drinking can cause depression

These two problems that have plagued the rest of the world. Even teenagers are involved in smoking and drinking these days. With the legalization of marijuana in many states, the smoking of weed has become a trend in many towns. Youngsters use Indiana fake ID to buy marijuana and other stuff from the local pharmacies. The adverse effects of smoking are widely known to everyone across the globe. Drinking causes obesity and often leads to addiction.

6.      Being over ambitious is dangerous for health

It is good to be ambitious but equally bad to be over-ambitious. The need to earn more and strive towards high standards of living is something that needs the investment of time, energy, and lots of money. The millennial generation is striving to achieve more but fails to smile every single day. Some so many people run into depression every single day. This depression, in turn, transitions into the addiction of many types.

7.      Hyper sexuality harms a person

We as millennials have gone from water to fire. Hyper sexuality is yet another major issue which we are going through. With dating and relationships being so common these days, it is a cliché for young people to engage in instant lovemaking. The downside of this process is that people run into sexually transmitted diseases and often fall into depression if a heart break happens. Earlier people would often engage in relationships where adults would consent, but these days, young people live their lives on their terms.

8.      Medications have side effects

With much advancement in medicine, there is no disease for which a drug is not available. However, the problem with drugs is that they have their side effects. We live in a time where for even a mild headache, we start taking antibiotics. Such medicines have adverse effects on the body and mind. Some medicines even weaken the muscles as a result of which a person’s strength to do any physical work gets reduced.

9.      Stress is not good

This is the worst disease which consumes the lives of so many people every year. A shocking fact is that young people dying from mental diseases has become very common. As explained already, depression is a mental illness which affects the overall wellness of a person. Moreover, with a lot of pressure on social media and by parents to succeed in an academic career, young people often take a lot of stress and often end up getting sudden strokes.

10.  Overlooking of medical checkup is dangerous

This is a major issue with young people these days. A medical checkup is very important so that a person can always be sure about their healthy body. Medical checkups consist of conventional checkups such as that of blood pressure, eyesight, body mass index, cholesterol levels, etc. We as millennials are so ignorant that we often overlook our medical checkups and don’t even know about a disease that is developing inside. Our elders were never ignorant about this and were always on the ball when it would concern their health.

Conclusion:

It is a wonder that we as millennials are never going to be as active as our parents and grandparents were. We live in an age where processed foods are on high sales in the market. We live in an age where technology has encapsulated our lives so much that one doesn’t want to leave their house and go anywhere else. Seldom do we find individuals who are young and very healthy. If you want to stay fit and active, then it is crucial that you develop a good lifestyle to fight all sorts of issues. 

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Middle East Consultants Sends Over 100 To Abu Dhabi For Oil & Gas Jobs

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By Amon Baita

Middle East Consultants Ltd (MECL), one of Uganda’s leading labour
recruitment and exporting agencies yesterday Sunday 14th July 2019
flagged off over 100 youth to Abu Dhabi for jobs in Oil & Gas project.

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Speaking at the event, MECL Managing Director, Gordon Mugyenyi revealed
that over 350 youth got visas to work in a United Arab Emirates government
related oil firm and so far 100 have left the country.

“100 have left via Fly Emirates for a 2-year contract to work in oil
and gas project as normal helpers. We advise parents to speak to the
youth (to be behave well and be purposeful) before they go out for
these jobs,” Mugyenyi said.
He told the candidates and parents that two years are not enough for
any person to start something developmental at home, advising them to
renew their contracts after expiry.
He advised them to take the two years as a strategy for development
and learning.


“Two years are for planning as you work to renew the contract. The other
2 years are for development. You can enjoy ‘kyeyo’ money with your
family after 6 to 8 years,” he said.
 Middle East Consultants boss, Gordon Mugyenyi speaking to candidates
before setting off for Abu Dhabi
He added that the demand for Ugandans in the Middle East is becoming
high day in day out because of descipline and the fluency in the
English language.

This comes barely a few days  after the Minister of Gender, Labour and
Social Development, Janat Mukwaya revealed that the Government of the
United Arab Emirates (UAE) is need of 80,000 Ugandan workers to take
up jobs in various categories.
 Parents and relatives of the Abu Dhabi bound youth follow proceedings
at MECL offices in Muyenga .

Mugyenyi challenged members of Parliament and other politicians  to
consult Uganda Association of
External Recruitment Agencies (UERA) for appropriate information  in
discussing and  drafting guiding laws of labour externalization
instead of thinking of closing down the industry because of a few
reported cases  of torture and exploitation in the media since many of
them have been putting up debates but seem to lack information on the
procedures and how the whole industry of labour externalisation is
being run in Uganda.

“Closing up labour export companies is not a solution; just draft good
laws that protects ugandan workers abroad and be strict on human
trafficking”, he said.
Cautions against People Power Politics

He cautioned candidates against reaching their place of work and
indulge in social media people power politics attacking government
instead because they have got access to  free internet in abundance
instead of concentrating on their work and save money to come back and
invest it wisely.

. “I have previously seen some youths using the opportunity to be in
UAE for work to use the freely available internet access to attack the
President and fight government which is unfair and being ungrateful
because you are gaining access to these lucrative job opportunities
because of his liberal policies. You are free to support your Bobi
Wine but how sure are you that once he becomes President, this policy
won’t be reversed? In case that were to happen, all of you would find
yourselves being forced back home which won’t be good for you and your
families which have a lot of hopes in you,” Mugyenyi said Sunday
mid-morning as part of his send-off address to 100 youths moments
before flying them out to Dubai
Mugyenyi said he he personally hates politics but this was being
ungrateful to the NRM government whose policy has permitted firms like
his to freely connect hundreds of thousands of jobless youngsters to
job opportunities in the Middle Eastern countries.

Mugyenyi delivered a comprehensive lecture focused at equipping the
100 youths (part of the 216 group; some travelling later) with life
skills they will need to gainfully survive and operate in UAE where
all of them are to be working for a government entity. They each have
a contract of 2 years renewable and Mugyenyi advised each one of them
to aim at working in UAE for 8 years so that by the time they stop
working there and return home for good, they have each satisfied all
their needs.

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