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Shrinking births in Pokot

The Standard, 17 October 2012: Faces of desperation everywhere. Malnourished children and women carry water jerricans as they trek for long to look for water. This is the daily life of these residents of Orolwo sub-location in Pokot North District, West Pokot County. Orolwo’s population of 4,046 struggles like many others in arid regions. They […]

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Two in Pokot die rescuing goat from pit

The Star, 26 September 2012: Two herdsmen died yesterday evening while trying to rescue a goat that had fallen into a pit latrine in Ortum, Pokot Central. The walls of the 30 feet latrine caved in and buried the two alive.  According to Simon Limang’ole, a villager, the two were herding their animals in an […]

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Measles outbreak claims three children in Pokot

The Standard, 20 September 2012: Three children have died and over 500 others infected following a measles outbreak in West Pokot County. Health officials said the disease was spreading fast and feared the death toll could rise unless urgent measures are taken. Pokot North District Health Officer Obadiah Singoei confirmed the three deaths. Dr Singoei […]

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12 people admitted after taking ‘poisoned food’

The Standard, 29 August 2012: Twelve people have been admitted at Ortum Mission Hospital in Pokot Central after eating poisoned food. The victims developed pains in the stomach after taking mandazi and tea at Murieng trading centre near Ortum town. Dominic Yaran told The Standard from his hospital bed that he started developing pains barely […]

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Malarial Cases Increase in Pokot

The Star, 21 August 2012: Malaria cases have increased in Pokot North by more than twenty percent from 33 percent to 59 percent. The United Nations office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs reports that more than 13 thousand cases have been reported in the area since January. The world health organization attributes the outbreak […]

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Pokot community reverts back to male circumcision after 60 years of suspension

West FM, 5 August 2012: Pokot men living in North Pokot District along the border with Turkana and Uganda have resolved to go back to the male circumcision practice that they had stopped about six decades ago to what they termed lack of security. Information Minister, who is also the Kacheliba MP Samuel Poghisio dancing […]

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Neglected Disease Causes Heartache

The Standard, 30 July 2012: Cherop Emmanuel lies calmly on a bed at the Kacheliba District Hospital with a drip on her tiny hand as her mother watches her. The mother’s look is intense. She has every reason to worry for this is the second time the two-year-old Cherop is in this same hospital in less […]

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