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Scare as Maternity wing catches fire at Mbagathi hospital

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Scare at Mbagathi hospital maternity wing

By ALLAN TAWAI

Mothers and their babies escaped death at Mbagathi Hospital in Nairobi at dawn on Wednesday, when the maternity wing of the facility caught fire.

According to Daily Nation, the facility went up in flames at around 2am leaving mothers and babies stranded.

The block which caught fire was illegally constructed in 2014 and even the Nairobi county engineers had marked it unsuitable for habitation. A report by the engineers indicated the building was constructed without observing standard rules and had numerous cracks on the walls, a situation that had raised concern among the hospital’s staff.

According to witnesses, it was a busy night at the maternity wing as clients brought in mothers in labor. Staffs were busy attending to women brought in laboring and others who had just delivered.

“It was a tense and confusing moment because women in labor and those who had just given birth had to be evacuated. There having no sufficient space, they were forced to brave the chilly weather and rain drizzles outside the building,” said one of the eye witnesses.

The staff in the hospital joined efforts to put out the fire which was quickly spreading and fortunately, no fatalities or injuries were reported during the incident.

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“The building was dilapidated and we do not have fire extinguishers here. We were forced to borrow lanterns and paraffin from the National Spinal Injury Hospital in Hurlingham,” an anonymous source confided to Daily Nation.

Power supply to the block was cut off immediately the fire broke out as a safety precaution further scaring mothers who had their babies in the electricity powered incubators. One of the nurses revealed their worry about the precarious status of the facility fell on deaf ears of the management.

“We had made numerous complaints because we were afraid the building which also hosts the incubators section could fall on our clients,” said the nurse.

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Janet Mbugua opens up on her battle with painful prolonged menses

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Media personality Janet Mbugua has opened up on her long battle with endometriosis that made her skip work and school days.

Through a series of posts on Instagram, the former news anchor revealed that she had extremely painful menses but getting a diagnosis was such a relief.

“This was me in 2015. Ten years earlier, in 2005, I had just undergone a laparoscopy for deep ovarian endometriosis, also known as endometriomas or ovarian cysts.

“It causes the formation of cavities within the ovary that fill with blood. It had been years, literally since high school, of painful, prolonged periods that sometimes rendered me unable to go to class or to the office, especially during the first few days of my cycle.

“Finally getting a diagnosis was such a breakthrough and I was put on birth control thereafter and have had to continue using this, except for the times we were trying for a baby,” she said.

Janet Mbugua

Mbugua added that she still has to take medication during her periods and advised ladies that painful prolonged periods are not normal.

“Until today, if I don’t take my medication, I’ll struggle during my period. Endometriosis affects an estimated 1 in 10 women during their reproductive years (i.e. usually between the ages of 15 to 49), which is approximately 176 million women in the world…Let’s talk periods and most importantly, let’s talk period pain.

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“Because ladies (and gents), a very painful, prolonged period is NOT normal,” she remarked.

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Mungatana’s wife dies in Nairobi

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The wife to former Garsen MP Danson Mungatana died on Monday night while undergoing dialysis at the Coptic hospital in Nairobi.

Violet Mungatana, known to close friends and family as Mama Elsie, and who wa the first wife to the politician, had been admitted at the facility for the last one month.

Deputy president William Ruto led Kenyan leaders in eulogizing the late Violet as a kind, devoted family woman who stood out for her warm heart.

“Condolences to family and friends of former Garsen MP Danson Mungatana following the death of his wife, Violet Mungatana. She was a devoted family woman; kind and welcoming, who stood out for her generosity and warm heart. Rest In Peace,” said Dr Ruto in a statement.

Mr Mungatana.

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How world’s best tutor plans to spend Sh100m prize

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As a testament of his generosity that helped him bag Sh100 million in a global competition, Peter Tabichi has included his school, the local community and needy students in his grand plans of using his new-found windfall.

Mr Tabichi wants to build a computer laboratory at his school, Keriko Day Secondary School.

The school, in remote parts of Lare, in Njoro, Nakuru County, has been thrust into the world stage after his win in the Global Teacher Award.Also in his plan is an agricultural project to benefit the community, sponsor bright and needy students as well as programmes to motivate fellow teachers.

The teacher, a devout follower of the Catholic Church’s Franciscan Brotherhood, whose main focus is to empower the rural poor through education, sustainable agriculture and peace building, is staying true to his religious course; that of a simple lifestyle and using talents and gifts to make the world a better world, despite his recent stardom.

His permanent smile almost makes it unbelievable that he’s an outstanding maths and physics teacher, subjects that sound far much tougher for his mien.His talks, too, are always brief and straight to the point with words carefully and cautiously selected before being rolled out, again, slowly and cautiously.Tabichi is currently trending globally after bagging the Global Teacher Award on Sunday evening to the surprise of many.
“It was almost unbelievable; it almost sounded like a dream when my name was called out as the winner. It was then that we stared at each other in awe as we let it sink in. It is all God’s doings,” said Tabichi.

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His passion for teaching, however, remains unrivaled, just as he loves his religion as punctuated by his ceremonial flowing Brotherhood gown he wears while attending church.

“He is a church guy. Great mentor and a staunch believer,” Dennis Mainge, one of his students aptly described him.Tabichi, not only broke history as the first African teacher to bag the much-converted award but also broke the record as the first-ever male teacher to win the Sh100 million award.

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