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December 11, 2018

THE WEEK

Christmas comes early for solar power users

Starting this November until the end of year, consumers interested in buying solar lanterns will be gifted with LED lights to decorate their homes after buying Sun King range of solar lamps and home systems.

Sun King products are available across Kenya through the company’s village sales agents.

“We believe in high quality, affordable energy solutions to the world,” the group CEO Anish Thakkar said.

Founded in 2009 by three university classmates, the Greenlight Planet team maintains an ongoing dedication to replacing dirty fuel sources prevalent in geographies such as Africa and India with smart, bright solar energy solutions.

They are also available across the country at outlets of key partners like Orange shops and Tuskys supermarkets. Online shoppers can purchase at Jumia.co.ke.

 

Philips launches device to test Pneumonia

AN electronics company has introduced a new pneumonia diagnostic device to help prevent childhood deaths in developing countries. The children’s automated respiratory monitor developed by Philips, monitors and accurately records a child’s breathing rate for health care providers.

“The device converts chest movements detected by accelerometers into an accurate breathing count. It provides quantitative and qualitative feedback to the health care provider based on WHO guidelines to diagnose fast breathing rates,” said Philips East Africa general manager Roelof Assies.

Statistics show that pneumonia is the number one cause of death among children under-five years globally. At least 2500 children die every day in the world because of the disease with 99 per cent of the deaths occurring in developing countries.

 

Kilifi group builds walls from solid waste

A conservation group in Watamu area of Kilifi County has launched the first community based recycling centre to help manage solid wastes in the region.

The Watamu Marine Association members normally go to the beaches to collect all plastic wastes and other debris which are then sorted out at the recycling centre. Some of the plastics are usually crashed using a machine before it is used to build permanent walls. The group members normally fill the bottles with sand and then set up the wall with cement. County Director of environment in Kilifi Samuel Lopokoiyit praised the initiative.

 

WHO declares Sierra Leone Ebola free

The UN health agency said Ebola-ravaged Sierra Leone has beaten an 18-month outbreak that killed almost 4,000 of its people and plunged the economy into severe recession. The country recorded around half of the cases in an epidemic that has infected 28,600 people across the three hardest-hit west African nations and claimed 11,300 lives since December 2013.

The announcement represents a hugely significant milestone in UN-backed efforts to wipe out Ebola, leaving neighbouring Guinea as the only country still registering cases.

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