An orphaned boy struggles for life after anomalous keloid scars grow

July 5, 2020 (Thessherald)–An 18-year-old orphaned boy has been struggling for life since abnormal keloids began to grow on his neck, causing giant scars weighing more than 30 pounds.

According to a social media sympathizer, the boy identified as Sunday Domkoch Manyiel hailing from the Agaar community, Lakes State – is just an orphan who has no father or mother to look after him as he continues to suffer from such a life-threatening condition.

“His name is Sunday Domkoch Manyiel he is from Agaar Rumbek he is an orphan child he doesn’t have a father or a mother, he live with his family friends here in Nairobi Kenya,” said the sympathizer on Saturday.

“He has been really sick and doctors ask him to pay $4,000, equivalents to 40,000 Kenyan Shillings and he is unable to pay the medical bills demanded, because he is very poor and doesn’t have parents or any other immediate relatives who can help him pay the medical bills,” he added.

What causes horrific keloid scars?

According to experts and medical researchers, keloid scars are abnormal lumps of scar tissue that protrude from the skin, specially when the skin is pierced or cut – as the body tries to produce more collagen to heal damaged skin.

Keloid scars can be lifelong, if there is no proper treatment at an early stage and can have far-reaching physical and psychological effects on the affected person if left unaddressed.

The underlying cause of keloids is not yet known, but the good news is that it is not contagious or cancerous even if it is not fully operated.

Recommended Treatment:

There are numerous methods of treatment that can be applied when dealing with this condition, although none have shown effectiveness than others.

Below are some of the most important and recommended treatment approaches:

• steroid injections
• freezing early keloids with liquid nitrogen

• applying silicone gel sheeting for several months

• laser treatment to reduce redness
• surgery.

Story | By Buay Kapduel Buol – a journalist who has six years of experience in early identification of birth defects and disabling conditions.

Students Union urges urgent formation of states’ governments and R-TNLA

News Update

April 30, 2020 (Thessherald)–A Kampala-based University and College Students’ Union has issued a statement urging the Parties to expedite the appointment of state governors and form the Revitalized National Transitional Legislative Assembly in a timely manner.

“In line with the 2018 Peace Agreement signed in Khartoum and Ethiopia respectively, there is an urgent need to speed up the implementation of the R-ARCSS in letter and spirit, and proper Security Arrangements in the current fragile state of South Sudan in order to restore confidence among the population,” said Gatluah Yielyam, Chairman of Chairperson of Phow Universities and Colleges Students’ Union in Uganda.

“I appeal to all signatories to the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) to break the ongoing deadlock and form the states’ governments and the R-TNLA so that a new chapter is opened and the country embark on development,” he said.

“South Sudan is mired in an indescribable situation in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic – the local population needs serious sensitization on the danger of this new virus, but how will it happen if there are no states’ leaders in the country and representatives of the constituencies in Parliament?,” he questioned.

“Given the ongoing spread of the pandemic on an unprecedented scale worldwide and its negative economic impacts on the global economy and especially recessions, I have been following daily updates from the South Sudan Task Force on COVID-19, which is leading the fight against the virus, but no free distribution of food to vulnerable people ever been mentioned, then how would they possibly survive during this lockdown?.”

On Wednesday, South Sudan registered the biggest single-day spike in the COVID-19 cases, raising the number of confirmed cases to 35.

Full Text: ‘Prevention is better than cure,’ Kiir addresses the nation on COVID-19

The President Statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Dates: 16 March 2020 J1 Presidential Palace.

(Thessherald)–Fellow Countrymen, Your Country, South Sudan is COVID-19 – free The World Health Organisation (WHO) risk assessment indicates a very ‘high risk’ worldwide including our country. The declaration of the disease as pandemic, means countries have to take serious and effective action to fight this new coronavirus.

We are taking immediate actions and scale up response to detect, treat and reduce transmission in order to save lives.

1- I have ordered self quarantine of all senior government officials who have just arrived from countries with established local infection and transmission of COVID-19

2- We have directed security and law enforcement agencies to support the Ministry of Health in enforcing isolation, self- quarantine, removing COVID-19 suspects and relocating them to isolation centres. 3- All international conferences slated to take place in South Sudan have temporarily been postponed due to the looming threat of COVID-19.

4- All planned social gatherings like sporting events, religious events, socio-cultural such as weddings, and political events must be postponed.

5- Caution must be exercised to reduce and avoid crowding at place of work. Workers sharing an office space must ensure they are seated at least one metre apart.

6- Travelers arriving South Sudan from affected countries and areas with established local transmission will be self- quarantined for 14 days.

7- Non-essential travels to affected countries must be called off or postponed to a later date. We have ordered restrictions on movement of people, including decline to issue new visas, revoking visas and residence permits, and denial of admission at ports of entry.

Prevention is better than cure. I advise all South Sudanese and residents to observe the following 10 basic measures to prevent the spread of the virus in order to save lives:

  1. Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water. Alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
  1. Clean surfaces regularly with disinfectant for example kitchen benches and work desks;
  2. COVID-19 is spread by droplets. Maintain at least 1-metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  3. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  4. Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately. Droplets spread virus. By covering your nose and mouth, you protect the people around you from viruses such as COVID-19.
  5. Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority. National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
  6. Avoid traveling if you have fever or cough, and if you become sick while on a flight, inform the crew immediately. Once you get home, contact a health professional and tell them about where you have been; 8. Take extra precautions to avoid crowds.
  7. Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. National and local authorities will have the most up-to-date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.
  8. It is normal and understandable to feel anxious, especially if your community has been affected. Find out what you can do in your community. Discuss how to stay safe with your employer, school or place of worship. For persons who have recently visited Countries where COVID-19 is spreading:

Follow the guidance outlined above. (refer to the Ministry of Health’s Advisory) Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover. Avoiding contact with others and visits to medical facilities will allow these facilities to operate more effectively and help protect you and others from possible COVID-19 and other viruses. If you develop fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or

  1. other serious condition. Call in advance and tell your provider of any recent travel or contact with travelers. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility.

This will also help to prevent possible spread of COVID-19 and other viruses. I take this opportunity to profoundly thank the World Health Organisation, the CDC and other partners in South Sudan for their tremendous work. I salute the courage of the WHO and all our partners who are working tirelessly during this trying moment. The contributions from partners have challenged us and open up a new space for our commitment, designed to meet the increasing demand and expectations of our people. May God protect our nation.

Thank you.

Kenya announces two new Covid-19 cases, declares tough measures

Kenyan President Uhuru/ Photo: File

(Thessherald)–Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta announced two more cases on Sunday, just two days after the country declared its first COVID-19 in Nairobi.

In a televised speech, President Uhuru Kenyatta issued the following tough measures.

  1. Restrict travel to Kenya from all countries with reported Corona cases
  2. Only Kenyan citizens to be allowed into Kenya provided they go to self quarantine or govt facility. In force for 30 days
  3. All persons who’ve come to Kenya in last 14 days must self quarantine
  4. Schools suspended with immediate effect. Day schools closed from tomorrow, boarding schools by Wednesday. Universities and colleges by Friday
  5. Govt and companies to allow employees to work from home except essential services
  6. Use cashless transactions like Mpesa and cards. Appeals for reduced transaction costs from the providers
  7. Avoid congregations, weddings, funerals
  8. Avoid shopping places and minimize congestion in public transport
  9. Limit visitors to hospitals
  10. Hospitals and malls encouraged to provide water, soap, sanitizers and ensure regular cleaning and disinfecting places

First COVID-19 case confirmed in Nairobi, Kenya

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe/Photo: File

(Thessherald)–The Kenyan Ministry of Health has confirmed the country’s first case of coronavirus (COVID-19) since the deadly virus outbreak in 2019.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said it is an imported case by a Kenyan national who came from the United States.

The Kenyan government has reportedly taken measures to control the spread of the pandemic virus that continues to threaten the world on an unprecedented scale.

“Members of the press and fellow Kenyans, I want to inform you that the Ministry of Health has confirmed the first Coronavirus case in Kenya,” said Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe.

The following Statement was issued by the Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health has confirmed a Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case in Nairobi. The case, which was confirmed on the 12th March 2020, is the first one to be reported in Kenya since the beginning of the outbreak in China in December 2019. The case is a Kenyan citizen who travelled back to Nairobi returning from the United States of America via London, United Kingdom on the 5th March 2020. She was confirmed positive by the National Influenza Centre Laboratory at the National Public Health Laboratories of the Ministry of Health. The patient is clinically stable, and is being managed at the Infectious Diseases Unit at the Kenyatta National Hospital.

The Government of Kenya, through the Ministry of Health, continues to strengthen measures to ensure no further transmission of the disease in Kenya. The National Emergency Response Committee on Coronavirus preparedness and response will continue to provide strategic leadership working through whole Government approach to respond to this case in the implementation of mitigation measures.

“I wish to assure all Kenyans that we have been beefing up our preparedness capacities since the first confirmed cases in China. The Government will use all the available resources to respond to this case.”

“The Government has traced all the contacts of the patient since her arrival in Kenya. Kenyans are reminded that most people who become infected may experience only mild illness and recover easily, but the disease can be more severe in others, especially the elderly and persons with other chronic illnesses.”

What is a coronavirus?

According to the World Health Organization, Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans.

In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually.

Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment.

Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

Coronavirus declared ‘pandemic’ by WHO

(Thessherald)–The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak of the Coronavirus as a global “pandemic” and urged governments to take strong measures to combat the spread of the virus.

The announcement was made on Wednesday by the WHO chief Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, noting that the number of cases documented outside China had doubled 13 times over the last few weeks .

He said he was “deeply concerned” by “alarming levels of inaction” over the virus. A pandemic is a disease that is spreading in multiple countries around the world at the same time.

However Dr Tedros said that calling the outbreak a pandemic did not mean the WHO was changing its advice about what countries should do.

He called on governments to change the course of the outbreak by taking “urgent and aggressive action”.

“Several countries have demonstrated that this virus can be suppressed and controlled,” he said.

“The challenge for many countries who are now dealing with large clusters or community transmission is not whether they can do the same – it’s whether they will.”

Governments had to “strike a fine balance between protecting health, minimising disruption and respecting human life”.

“We’re in this together to do the right things with calm and protect the citizens of the world. It’s doable,” he said.

Chinese Embassy in Kenya releases update on COVID-19


Press Release 

(Thessherald)–Briefing on COVID – 19 cases in China According to China’s National Health Commission and the State Council inter-agency task force the latest development of COVID – 19 cases in China’s mainland is as follows :

( 1 ) March 1 saw ZERO fatality and only 6 newly confirmed cases excluding Hubei Province , among which 2 are imported cases ,

( 2 ) In Hubei Province, 196 newly confirmed cases were reported , marking a decline by 52 % compared to a week ago , and 2570 more patients were discharged from hospital ,

( 3 ) As of 24 : 00 on March 1 ( Beijing Time ) , 80 , 026 confirmed cases have been reported , including 44 , 462 cured cases and 2 , 912 fatalities 2 .

Progress and trend on combating COVID – 19 in China

( 1 ) The past week saw the continuing decrease in the number of newly confirmed and newly suspected cases , and rise of the recovery rate ( up to 52 . 1 % ) , indicating that the overall situation of epidemic prevention and control across the country continues to improve ( 2 ) Wuhan closed its first makeshift hospital as the coronavirus infection rate slows down .

( 3 ) China is now producing over 110 million face masks per day, 12 times the figure reported on Feb . 1 , and even exceeded the planned capacity.

The consistent rise in both capacity and output further narrowed down the supply deficit.