As the economy is gradually open, there is a concern about how we can ensure our workplaces are safe.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and public health authorities around the world have taken action to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.
However, long term success cannot be taken for granted. All sections of our society – including businesses and employers – must play a role if we are to stop the spread of this disease.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has affected the world and like most countries, Kenya has felt the effects too.
In Kenya, MSMEs are the engines of growth and play a key role in the country’s economic development.
The sector contributes about 80 per cent of employment and is crucial in reducing poverty, stimulating entrepreneurship and promoting innovation for achieving the SDGs.
“Hey, I got the job! I am so excited to start this job at this great company! I am glad I took my time to upgrade my skills during the time we were at home!” A friend said to me recently.
See, the Covid-19 pandemic came with waves and turmoils, twists and turns. Most businesses were affected negatively, people experienced job losses, some even shut down. Financial institutions held out giving loans to small businesses and individuals due to uncertainty. Reduced sales and revenues led to the shut-down of businesses and some companies shutting down their branches, it was total turmoil!
Covid-19 is a disease that has been a menace to everybody. A disease that not just affected the body but also lifestyle, business, and financial strains to most people.
The world has lost over 240M people to the disease since the first announcement of the Covid-19 disease. This is a huge workforce that has gone at a loss that progressively affected the economy
Social media has brought the pros and cons of the Covid 19 and Covid 19 vaccination. One of the pros is how Kenyans have used social media platforms to spread details of Covid-19 vaccine availability. Whether it’s Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or WhatsApp, you will find information about medical facilities offering Covid19 vaccines, what you require before going to the facility, what the waiting period is. This has helped boost the intake of vaccines in Kenya. As of 20th October 2021, according to the Ministry of Health, Kenya has received 7,502,820 vaccines with 4,674,897 total vaccines administered. This is a 4.8% proportion of adults who are fully vaccinated.
Eighteen months later, the novel coronavirus must have hit your wallet hard. In one way or another, most of us have felt a financial dent. I agree with you, it’s been tough.
Like a thief, the pandemic caught most of us by surprise. The aftermath was job losses, salary cuts, profit reductions, and these led us to turn to savings, loans and loan restructuring to survive. Woe unto you if you had no savings or you have a negative credit report, not even mobile money lenders or shylocks next door would lend you a dollar!
Forty-three-year-old Glady Wateri, a fishmonger outside Kikuyu market makes about Ksh.3,000 a day, this is about 50 per cent less what she would make before the novel Coronavirus hit the country and sent tens of businesses back to the drawing board.
Her case is not unique. Thousands of other Small and Medium-Sized enterprises have hugely been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The implementation of the dusk-to-dawn State curfew, introduction of wide-scale remote working policies and limitations on social gatherings, among other measures made it difficult for them to function seamlessly.
The first COVID-19 case was first reported in Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019 and since then, the virus has spread across the globe affecting and changing almost all aspects of life.
The virus that causes COVID-19 is highly infectious and can spread from one person to another, including through aerosol transmission of particles produced when an infected person exhales, talks, vocalizes, sneezes, or coughs. The virus is highly transmissible and can be spread by people who have no symptoms.
The COVID pandemic has for almost two years now continued to wreak havoc across the globe. The pandemic has not only brought a health crisis but also a total disruption on how we live. The experience has been incredibly humbling given that no country or section of society, regardless of its wealth or status, has been spared.
Only 2.7 per cent of residents from Baringo have completed the Covid-19 vaccination doses, County health department has said.
Baringo CEC for Health, Dr Richard Rotich says that 9,135 people out of the targeted population of 338,937 people above 18 years in the region have received the first and the second doses.
Rampant loss of lives, residents go hungry without food as the harsh effects of Covid-19 pandemic take a toll in Baringo County.
Within the past two months alone shocker hit the classrooms after 15 teachers in the county died of Covid-19-related illnesses.
You will no longer have to travel long distances or suffer even longer queues thanks to the unveiling of a new list of Coronavirus vaccination sites spread all over the country and counties.
In the list made public by the Ministry of Health in Kenya are both major and smaller hospitals all offering the vaccine for free.