Food & Nutrition

Stomach balloon used to treat obesity

Fresh hope for Kenyans battling obesity after the national drug regulator approved the use of a pill-sized gastric balloon that reduces a patient’s food intake. The Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) has given a clinic in Nairobi the greenlight to administer Allurion – a soft polyutherane balloon packed into a swallowable capsule connected to a …

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New Study Shows Toxic Pesticides In Sukuma, Tomatoes And Maize In Kenya

A recent study has shown that maize, sukuma wiki, and tomatoes grown in Kenya have been grown using Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs). According to the World Health Organisation, HHPs are dangerous to human health, animals, and the environment. In many countries, HHPs are found in food, which puts the health of consumers at risk. They …

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Why healthy food and its local production should be part of the COVID-19 response

When a pandemic hits, questions that immediately arise include what impact there will be on public health, the economy and other aspects of society. Another set of questions involves response priorities for governments and households. Food is central to both sets of questions. On the one hand, access to sufficient, nutritious food is threatened. On …

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Practice wellness habits to guard against lifestyle diseases

We all aspire to live a healthy, happy and successful life. We feel good when we are healthy. Good health enables us to engage in various activities, leading to self-fulfilment. Poor health and illness undermine our ability to actualise our potential and could even lead to death. It is common knowledge that our lifestyles, meaning …

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WHO clears breast milk free from covid-19

Breastfeeding mothers do not seem to be passing on the new coronavirus to their infants, and based on current evidence the benefits outweigh any potential risks of transmission, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that it had carefully investigated the risks of women transmitting COVID-19 to their …

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Food, nutrition and livelihood security: Decoding Thoughts

By: Chadwick Digo The sessional lockdown issued by the CS. Health Hon. Mutahi Kagwe to the residents of Eastleigh, Nairobi and Old town, Mombasa is part of the well intended moves or endeavours by our government to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic but this move continues to deepens already highlighted problems of food, nutrition and livelihood …

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Food Insecurity could affect Human Nutrition During COVID-19

By: Chadwick Digo Counties and towns across Kenya have been on different versions of lockdown for over a month, with heightened border restrictions and controls on the movement of labor. Last month(March, 15th, 2020), the Global Food Security Index (GFSI) 2019 Middle East and Africa regional report was released. The GFSI was developed by The …

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Nutrition and the Immune System in the Midst of COVID-19 Pandemic

As the COVID-19 turns into a national crisis in Kenya, individual counties in the country are taking some of the necessary measure to contain the pandemic. Most of the counties are engaging the national government in the acquisition of necessary interventions for preparedness for a possibility of the outbreaks in the regions, but very few …

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