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By ALLAN TAWAI

Police are contemplating dropping murder charges against the lecture at Strathmore University who was arrested in connection to his wife’s death.

This come in the wake of an autopsy report that indicated his wife died of lung failure.

The autopsy conducted by government pathologist Johansen Oduor and another hired by the family also indicated that the body of Rebecca Gombe Mwachongo had no physical injuries as reported by Mediamax.

The collective report by both pathologist indicated her lungs had fluid and there were no physical injuries on her body.

The lecturer was reported to have been admitted at Nairobi Hospital after he collapsed at the Dagoreti police cells on Friday, January 7. The police were alerted by his fellow inmates, who were shouting, and found him sprawling on the floor.

Fredrick was arrested on New Year following Margret’s sudden death at their Lavingtone apartment. He was alleged to have beaten his wife during a domestic brawl leading to her death. Prior police reports indicated that Margret submitted to injuries sustained during the domestic fight a report which the don denied. He had attributed his wife’s death to a heart attack while they played on their matrimonial bed.

 


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Kenyans in US listed among top TB spreaders

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Kenyans in the US have been listed among immigrants from five countries at highest risk of developing and spreading tuberculosis.

This means those already in the US or planning to move there from Somalia, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Liberia and Kenya, in that order, will face more scrutiny and surveillance.

A report published last week by the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests more surveillance on these groups.

“The study was carried out to identify high-risk tuberculosis groups that might benefit most from prevention and enhanced surveillance,” says the report appearing early this month (November 6, 2020) in the journal Epidemics.

The team from the CDC, Yale University, Stanford University and Harvard University, had investigated 122,118 TB cases recorded from immigrants from about 100 countries in 16 years.

While Mexico, Philippines, India, Vietnam and China immigrants to the US had the highest TB cases, the biggest risk of infection and spread was in the Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Myanmar, and Liberia group.

Latent tuberculosis

Most of the TB was found to happen in older immigrants, mainly due to the reactivation of dormant or what is called latent TB. This is where the TB bacteria may lay dormant in the body for a long time but only to progress to active disease many years later.

This delayed TB progression in immigrants; the report says is what is driving the spike in the disease not only in the US but also in other Western countries.

They found most of the TB reactivation cases to happen among older immigrants and those who have been in the US for 10 years or more – but with a notable exception.

“In particular, more recent entrants from Kenya, Myanmar and Liberia are predicted to face greater TB risks than earlier entrants from these countries,” says the report.

The team suggests its findings are applicable in other Western countries such as Ireland, Sweden, New Zealand, Canada and Australia that are facing immigrants driven TB spikes.

An earlier similar study in the UK found Somalia, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Kenya, in that order with highest rates of TB among Africa-born immigrants to the UK.

The new report, however, suggests that since the number of immigrants in the US is so huge, about 44.5 million individuals, to be effective, prevention and surveillance should zero in on the high-risk groups such as the Kenyans and the group of five.

The report says, immigrants presenting the highest TB risk in the US are also likely to have high poverty and tuberculosis rates back home.

Kenya, for example, is ranked among the top 30 countries with the highest TB burden in the world. This is despite the US CDC putting significant resources in control measures locally.

It is estimated Kenya experiences about 160,000 TB cases annually but only about half of them are identified and treated.

In 2018, the Ministry of Health says about half of all estimated TB cases were missed. Among them, two-thirds of the children with TB were not diagnosed; and 80 per cent of people with drug-resistant TB were missed.

The current national TB strategic plan estimates the disease causes about 43, 00 deaths annually the majority of them males.

In response, the Ministry of Health in its current five-year TB plan targets to reduce infections by 80 per cent and deaths by 90 per cent by 2030. President Uhuru Kenyatta has also committed to the United Nations that Kenya will end TB by 2030.

But there is a catch; the ministry says there are no funds to meet these ambitious goals hence Kenya is likely to remain among TB pariah nations for a long time to come.

The current TB strategic plan ending in 2023 has a Sh30 billion budget. However, only half of the money, about Sh14 billion, is available with about Sh9 billion coming from USAid, and the CDC and about Sh5 billion from the Kenyan government.

“Without sufficient funding to enable implementation of all identified activities it is unlikely that target numbers of people will be screened, tested or treated,” says the strategy document.

“I am no longer able to pay for care or buy the prescribed special meals,” says Joseph Makumi a bus driver, being treated for TB at a private clinic in Umoja, Nairobi.

Makumi has since stopped going to the hospital since he lost his job in July due to Covid-19 related restrictions.

Makumi is not the only TB patient facing financial ruin due to the cost of treatment. A recent Kenya TB Patient Costs Survey shows a third of patients took out loans for treatment, 63 per cent lost jobs, nine per cent of the household’s children disrupted school and 36 per cent faced social exclusion.

These negative consequences, the survey said, make TB patients less likely to present for care, complete testing, initiate and adhere to treatment, leading to increased transmission of the disease, deaths, and illnesses.

The ministry’s data shows treatable TB is costing patients Sh26,000 while drug resistant tuberculosis costs up to Sh 145,109 where there is no recurrence.

Much of these go to direct non-medical costs such as nutrition and food supplements; accounting for 69 per cent of the expenses.

But even as Kenya pursues active TB cases, a recent study at Mbagathi Hospital found high rates of latent tuberculosis among persons living with patients in Nairobi.

The study by the University of Nairobi and Kavi- Institute of Clinical Research found more than a half, 57 per cent, of persons living with a TB patient in Nairobi had latent TB.

The study involved 166 TB patients at the hospital and 175 household members who cared for or lived with the sick. These were adults who lived and shared a room and meals with the patient with more than a half, 57 per cent confirmed with latent TB.

The rates of latent TB were highest among spouses than other contacts and slightly higher in males than in females.

By STandardmedia.co.ke


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Dying man confesses in phone call to police about committing grisly murder 25 years ago

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A terminally ill man has confessed to an unsolved murder that took place 25 years ago.

Johnny Dwight Whited “wanted to get it off his chest” according to officers, who say he phoned them and admitted shooting 26-year-old Christopher Alvin Dailey in the head back in 1995.

Officers say Whited, from Trinity, Alabama in the US, was “remorseful” and told police he was dying.

Detective Sean Mukaddam told the New York Times about receiving the dramatic call from the 53-year-old.

“He said ‘I want to confess to a murder that I did years ago’,” the officer said.

“I’ve never had a situation where I just pick up the phone and have a call like that.

Johnny Dwight Whited has been charged with killing Christopher Alvin Dailey in 1995

“Nothing where the suspect calls me out of the blue and wants to confess.”

Detective Mukaddam said Whited did not know the date or even the year when he allegedly killed Dailey.

But police made a record of every murder in Decatur back to the 1980s to connect Whited to the killing on April 26, 1995.

The alleged killer met with detectives and gave them information which matched evidence in the cold case, the report says.

He even took investigators to a wooded area of Decatur where Dailey’s body was found and re-enacted the murder, police said.

Detective Mukaddam said Whited was “embarrassed about certain things” without going into further detail.

Johnny Dwight Whited ‘wanted to get it off his chest’, police said

A police statement yesterday read: “Despite the extensive investigation, a suspect was never developed in the case.

“In the years that followed, the case was revisited several times for leads.”

Whited has been charged with murder and is being held on a $15,000 bond (about £11,000) and a court hearing date is yet to be set.

by Mirror.co.uk


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Former TVET boss laid to rest 12 days after succumbing to COVID-19

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The former Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TVET – Kenya) Director Norman Owate Wambayi was on Saturday November 21, laid to rest at his home in Kakamge county 12 days after he died due to COVID-19 related complications.

Former TVET boss Norman Owate laid to rest 12 days after succumbing to COVID-19

Norman Wambayi (in blue) inspecting water packaging at his water plant. Photo: The Standard.
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The former director who was 66-years-old, died on Monday, November 9, while receiving treatment at the Avenue Hospital in Kisumu.

Speaking to TUKO.co.ke, Sigalagala Polytechnic Deputy Principal Anne Malumbe who attended the burial said Owate started showing COVID-19 symptoms shortly after he travelled to Mombasa for a workshop.

“He started having COVID-19 signs on October 27. He came back and quarantined himself at his Eshisiru home in Kakamega while on medication,” explained Malumbe who is also an immediate neighbour of the deceased.

“His oxygen level started going down nd his condition detoriraited n November 5. He was taken to Avenue Hospital in Kisumu where he passed on on November 9,” she added.

He is said to have been in high spirit and even made jokes even when he was sick and his family was convinced he was going to recover from the respiratory disease.

Wambayi who also chaired on several boards of management in vocational training institutes in the western region was described as a jovial person who was always concerned with the wellbeing of his family even when he was sick.

He was also a lecture at the Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) and his family also described him as a selfless and kind man.

As soon as the former TVET boss left active employment, he drilled a 45-metre deep borehole on his Kakamega farm and was supplying water to leading hotels in Kakamega town and its environs, schools, funerals and weddings.

The technocrat who believed that practical training and skills were critical in achieving Vision 2030 and helping Kenya become a middle income earning country.

He ventured into the business to demonstrate that you one did not need a white-collar job to lead a comfortable life.

Wambayi, who had an illustrious career and lived his life to the fullest has left behind three widows, eight children and several grandchildren.

by Tuko.co.ke


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