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XINHUA NEWS SERVICE REPORTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

 

Chinese firms donate school supplies to Kenyan children’s home  

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Chinese firms on Saturday donated maize, beans, cooking oil and bedding worth 150,000 Kenyan shillings (1,470 U.S. dollars) to a children’s home in the outskirts of Nairobi.

Chuanyu Association Kenya, a chamber of commerce of Chinese entrepreneurs from China’s Chongqing Municipality and Sichuan Province, and Delta Express Limited, a transport and logistics solutions company, made the donations to Children’s Garden Home and School.

“We are here to support the institution because we are one family even though we live in all parts of the world”, said Xie Guangqi, director of Chuanyu Association Kenya.

Moses Ndungu, co-founder of Children’s Garden Home and School, thanked the firms for support, adding that the donations have helped put a smile on the faces of the children.

Children’s Garden Home and School started in 2001 to accommodate orphans, abandoned, abused, desperate and neglected street children. 

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EARLIER REPORTS:

Kenya developing policy to minimize medicine costs

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya is developing a policy to minimize the costs of medicines in the country, a senior health ministry official said on Saturday.

Rashid Amana, chief administrative secretary of the Ministry of Health, said that the policy will help Kenyans to access and afford quality medication.

“We are looking at the drivers of the high cost of medication in the country in consultation with the pharmaceutical firms so that we agree on modalities of reducing the costs,” Amana told journalists in Nairobi.

Amana said that the government is reviewing the tariffs, supply chain and regulatory issues to make health care affordable.

The official revealed that the government has set up a health technology assessment committee to look into the medicine prices in the country.

“The committee will ensure that the pricing of brand name medicine is similar in all health facilities in the country,” he added.

           

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