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Baby dies as ‘maid watches television’

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On December 14, last year, Mr Steve Opar and his wife Wendy Audrey, left their son in the care of their house help at St Mary’s Estate in Nakuru Town, as they usually did.

Mr Opar, a lawyer, was in Nyahururu, Laikipia County, when he received a call from a neighbour at around 5pm.

“The caller told me that my son was dying after choking on food.” Confused and shaken, he asked the neighbour to take the child to the War Memorial Hospital, as he sped back to Nakuru.

“Since he was my only child, Baby Jayden [Blessing] meant everything to me. As I drove back, I called my wife and told her to also rush to the hospital,” he said.

On reaching the hospital, Mrs Opar was told her baby had been pronounced dead on arrival.

“I did not even get to celebrate his first birthday, which was in a month’s time. It was the most painful moment of my life,” she said.

Mr Opar had to remain strong as he consoled his wife on their way home. But on arrival, they found that 23-year-old house help, was missing, raising suspicion about her role in their child’s death. They had hired her about two months earlier.

Ms Naomi Wambui, the neighbour who had called Mr Opar, said she was told by Mr Opar’s 16-year-old brother that the child was in a serious condition.

“I rushed into the house and found the house help watching television. When I asked her where the child was, she gestured towards the bedroom. I was shocked to find the child lying on the bed on his back before I called his parents,” she said

Investigations have been launched by police after the Opars reported the matter to Teacher’s Police Post in Nakuru Town.

Mrs Opar, tearfully recalled that she became suspicious of the house help when Baby Jaden started crying whenever she carried him, adding that she had been looking for a replacement.

“I started feeling uncomfortable with the stories that she used to tell. She once told us that her friend in Nairobi had left her employer’s child in a refrigerator when she disagreed with him,” she recalled.

The baby was buried on December 18, but the couple are yet to come to terms with the loss.

She came with her three-year-old son but had two other children back in her rural home.

at her home in Kachien village, Oyugis in Homabay County

The mother whose tears rolled freely on her cheeks as she narrated the event, said she started suspecting the maid when the child started crying every time she carried her.

She said she was in the process of looking for another nanny before the the incident occurred.

Mr Opar has appealed to anyone who knows the whereabouts of the house girl to report to the nearest police station.

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Shock as beloved young Kenyan doctor dies of Coronavirus

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Doctors around the country are mourning the death of Dr Adisa Lugaliki who succumbed to Covid-19. The news was shared by Dr Mercy Korir who described the deceased as a hardworking doctor who still had so much to offer.

“We have lost one of our own as a doctors’ fraternity to Covid-19. A young doctor with so much to offer,” tweeted Dr Korir.

The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union also sent a condolence message to the family of Dr Lugaliki, who served as an Obstetrician & Gynaecologist at The Nairobi South Hospital.

“We have lost a hard-working obstetrician/gynecologist, a mother, a friend and a colleague to the devastating effects of Covid-19.

“Our condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Doreen Lugaliki,” wrote KMPDU.

Online, many recalled their interactions with the deceased and lauded her for her professionalism and dedication to the medical profession.

The late Dr Adisa Lugaliki

Despite the risks involved, health workers have continued to give their all in the fight against Coronavirus, constantly asking the government to provide enough PPEs as they discharge their duties.

On Thursday, the Ministry of Health announced 447 new COVID-19 cases after testing 3,803 samples bringing the national tally to 8,975.

This is the largest number of confirmed cases in a day since the first case was reported in the country.

While speaking in Mombasa County, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said a total of 64 patients were discharged bringing the total number of recoveries to 2,657.

Four more people also succumbed to the disease bringing the death toll to 173.

Kagwe said since the cessation of movement was lifted three days ago, the government has been focusing on county preparedness to fight the curb of COVID-19.

He urged county governors who had not reached the maximum of 300 beds as proposed by the Ministry of health to do so.

-Standard.co.ke

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Victor Ber breaks silence on accusations of frustrating Churchill Show artistes

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Churchill Show Director Victor Ber has responded to claims of frustrating Churchill Show comedians.

Comedian Zainabu Zeddy accused Ber of frustrating comedians, leading them to depression.

Speaking to Nation, Ber dismissed the claims, stating that despite the damning allegations made by Zeddy, they would still remain friends, adding that he was ready to invite her to Churchill show.

“Yes, without a doubt (I will welcome her). Since she wrote those things, I tried to keep it to myself, but she kept posting more and more and it wasn’t until Wednesday (July 8) that I picked up my phone and texted her and she called me back. I know her very well and when you watch the videos, she cannot edit the way they were,” Ber said.

The director read malice in Zeddy’s allegations, stating that someone keen on bringing down Churchill show was pushing Zeddy to heap blame on him and create a fallout within the team behind the award-winning show.

According to Zeddy, so serious is the situation that a number of comedians have sunk into depression before their eventual deaths.

Njenga Mswahili and Kasee are among the Churchill Show comedians whose recent deaths have raised eyebrows.

Zeddy revealed that sabotage is part of the game and so serious is the situation that Njenga Mswahili sunk into depression and was admitted an Mathari Mental Hospital.

“Ber never wanted any female comedians to succeed so that his wife could shine. That is the reason we have few female comedians.

“When Wanjiku put up her Comedy Queens show at KICC, the girls were threatened to perform,” posted Zeddy.

She added that Kasee who recently passed on was pushed to the limits and became homeless before her death.

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Machakos: Woman delivers while relieving herself, baby falls into pit latrine

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Doctors at Mwala Level 4 Hospital in Machakos County struggled to save the life of a newborn who fell into a pit latrine while the mother was relieving herself.

The 36-year-old mother had visited the hospital on Friday, July 10 for physiotherapy sessions among other treatments for different ailments.

She was assisted to access the toilet by her son due to her partial paralysis.

After she came out of the toilet, they heard the cry of a baby coming from the pit after which he called the nurses.

“We managed to get people to demolish the pit latrine and rescued the baby, who was alive. Preliminary examination indicates the new mother had carried the pregnancy to term,” Mwala Level 4 Hospital medical superintendent doctor Stephen Kitheka said.

He stated that the woman was not aware that she had been carrying a pregnancy until the incident happened.

“After rescuing the baby, we admitted the mother-and-child to a ward, where they were closely monitored. The infant was accorded emergency care and is now in stable condition. It is actually breast-feeding,” he added.

The case of the woman being pregnant without knowing is both surprising and rare but not unheard of.

According to medical experts, a cryptic pregnancy can go for months without being detected.

Sometimes the symptoms of pregnancy are only felt after the woman goes into labour.

Women who have cryptic pregnancies frequently don’t have or don’t notice morning sickness, abdominal swelling or weight gain as anything out of the ordinary.

Some may also not find the absence of their periods odd, perhaps because they normally have irregular periods or because they’ve taken birth control measures.

The foetal movement could also be interpreted as a stomach upset.

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