Ornamental plant in Kenya becomes invasive

By Verenardo Meeme     In this video, scientists explain the dangers of Opuntia stricta — an invasive cactus weed — covering large tracts of land in Kenya’s semi-arid Laikipia County, making lives of people, domestic animals as well as wildlife miserable, and efforts in place to tame its spread and adverse impacts. O. stricta, …

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The challenge of non-communicable diseases in Africa

By Verenardo Meeme [NAIROBI] In October this year, I attended the burial of a 34-year-old secondary school teacher who had died from cancer of the blood. I recalled this sad occasion during the Merck Luminary Africa Conference in Kenya last month (16-17 November), at which cancer was one of the non-communicable diseases (NCDs) medical experts …

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