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Kenyans seeking to travel to the European Union (EU) have had their Visa applications rejected as EU does not recognise the Indian version of AstraZeneca vaccine that is being rolled out in Kenya.  Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed With Your Saturday.

FKF suspends football fixtures in 13 counties

All FKF Women Division One, FKF Division I and II, Regional County and Sub County leagues including grassroots football programs have been suspended by the FKF for a period of 30 days.

This comes after the Ministry of Health directive suspended sports activities in 13 Western and Nyanza counties. These counties include Busia, Vihiga, Kisii, Nyamira, Kakamega, Kericho, Bomet, Bungoma, Trans-Nzoia, Kisumu, Siaya, Homa-Bay, and Migori.

In the meantime, the Federation will continue to engage the government with a view of having BetKing Premier League Clubs, Betika National Super League clubs, and BetKing Division One clubs from the affected 13 Counties play their home matches in neighboring Counties.

Why Kenyans travelling to EU are now being turned away

A number of Kenyans intending to travel to some European Union (EU) countries say that their visa applications have been rejected despite having been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

The individuals have been told that the EU does not recognise the licensed Indian version of AstraZeneca vaccine (Covishield) which is currently being rolled out in Kenya and most African countries.

Travellers are usually required to provide a recent Covid-19 negative PCR test or show evidence of being fully vaccinated— with some countries requiring the meeting of both conditions. However, stranded Kenyan travellers have complained that many EU countries have rejected both the negative test and proof of full vaccination.

This comes even as Denmark, which is an EU member state, earlier this month pledged to donate 358,700 unused vaccine doses to Kenya adding that the batch of AstraZeneca that expires on July 31 should be delivered as soon as possible.

In an email response to Saturday Nation, a high ranking envoy from the EU in Kenya office confirmed that indeed those immunised with Covishield were being turned away.

Uganda announces national lockdown

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has tightened COVID-19 restrictions in the East African country following a worrying rise in COVID-19 infections and deaths.

Museveni made the announcement on Friday, June 19, after 42 people succumbed to the respiratory disease while 1,000 new infections were reported in 24 hours.

The Ugandan leader further stopped the movement of public and private transport vehicles.

He exempted security, emergency, and other essential service providers, including the police, firefighters, and the military only.

The new move tightened restrictions imposed a week ago when cross-district travel was banned, schools closed and other public gatherings restricted yet the deaths continued to rise.

Learn about First Aid, it could save a life

The incident of a Danish player, Christian Eriksen, collapsing in the pitch during a football match against Finland in the ongoing UEFA Euro 2020 was chilling, to say the least. It took the swift action of his captain, Simon Kjaer, to resuscitate him. Doctors averred that it was these first few seconds that saved his life.

In the Kenyan school curriculum, such knowledge is not regarded as essential, with educators preoccupied by ‘more pressing needs’.

Teachers and students should and must have knowledge on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and basic first aid. The Teachers Service Commission and the Ministry of Education should invest in capacity building in terms of equipping teachers to handle emergencies–medical or otherwise.

In England, for instance, the Department for Education confirmed that first aid was to be added to the school curriculum from last year. All state-funded schools will be required to teach CPR and first aid as part of children’s health education.

Evidence shows that survival rates from cardiac arrest are up to three times higher in countries that teach CPR in schools.