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Hospitals where death, despair await patients



Ms Ednah Chepchumba, a nurse, has lost count of the times she has used a torch while handling deliveries.

For the three years she has been at Masol Dispensary in West Pokot County, Ms Chepchumba has had to put up with many challenges.

The hospital has solar panels for lighting but the batteries run out of power. When this happens, the spotlight comes in handy.

The county government promised to buy and instal new batteries by May. Two weeks ago, the Ministry of Energy officials were at the dispensary to have a look at the panels, but the workers and the administration have not heard from them since.

In the meantime, county officials purchased a small battery but the nurse says its light is not strong enough for the entire maternity ward.

The room is small and that means there is no privacy for the women. And there is no waiting room either.

The examination couch doubles up as the delivery bed. There is no drainage or sink.

And that is not all. There is no water and more often than not, the nurse has had to dig into her pockets to buy water at Sh20 per jerrycan.

The dispensary has a generator for pumping water, but it is broken down.

Ms Chepchumba’s story captures the deplorable conditions in most of public hospitals.

A survey by the Saturday Nation has unearthed shocking conditions patients must endure. They range from sharing beds to being made to buy basic drugs from private clinics.

In Taita-Taveta County, patients prefer seeking treatment in Tanzania than go to public hospitals.

At Rachuonyo South Hospital in Oyugis, Mr Meshack Otieno used Sh7,000 on water for his expectant wife. The hospital did not have water.

Mr Otieno says he had to shuttle between Kosele and Oyugis, a distance of about 40 kilometres, daily to deliver 40 litres of water to his wife.

Elsewhere, Mr Sese Mukhwana narrated how his father – who had hernia – died at Kakamega Referral Hospital a month ago. He blames negligence for his father’s death.

“I took my father to the hospital at 8am but he had not been attended to by 6pm. He died at 10pm when his gall bladder burst,” he said.

The situation is not better at Kisumu County Hospital. Cases of patients sharing beds or sleeping on the floor are common. Even the newborn unit is congested.

Chulaimbo Hospital’s maternity wing, which was built five years ago, has been converted into a store. The ward has not received the 20 beds it requires.

In Taita-Taveta, patients struggle to get basic drugs, including painkillers. Those interviewed said they have to dig deeper in their pockets to pay for the medicines at private pharmacies.

At Kitobo Dispensary, for example, locals complain of being referred to Taveta to buy medicine.

“We have to endure the pain because the drug shops are far. Many families are poverty-stricken and cannot afford services or medicine at private hospitals,” Mr Jacob Mwangangi, a villager, told the Saturday Nation.

Those who cross the border to Tanzania say they are tired of being referred to private pharmacies and laboratories.

They usually go to Kwa Minja Hospital or Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre.

“I would rather travel to Tanzania instead of wasting my time here because I will not get quality treatment,” Ms Peninah Mutua, a resident, said.

source:Saturday Nation

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Meet young Kenyan lady playing key role in Joe Biden’s presidential campaign



Esther Ongeri, a young Kenyan living in the US is the talk of the town after Kenyans learnt that she plays a key role in the Joe Biden presidential campaign.

According to Biden’s campaign website, Ms Ongeri is the Director of Special Projects in the Biden 2020 campaign and has served in the position since July.

Previously, she worked as the Executive Assistant to the Campaign Manager and Special Projects Coordinator in the same campaign team from June 2019.

Ms Ongeri held the posts of operations coordinator from September 2017 to February 2018 and special projects assistant to the CFO from February 2018.

She is an alumnus of Saint Peter’s University in New Jersey where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in political science and government in 2017.

According to her LinkedIn profile, the brilliant Kenyan was a staff assistant to New Jersey senator Robert Menendez between May 2016 and July 2017.

Ms Ongeri started off as an intern in the office of Senator Menendez between August 2015 to May 2016.

She attained her high school diploma at Saint Dominic Academy in 2013 after joining the school in 2009.

In the November 3 US elections, former Vice President Joe Biden is seeking to unseat incumbent president Donald Trump and both are busy on the campaign trail.

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Woman brings 23 relatives on date with lover to test his generosity



A Chinese woman has made headlines after bringing 23 members of her family on a blind date to test her lover’s generosity.

Woman brings 23 relatives on date with lover to test his generosity

Chinese people enjoying a meal in a restaurant. Photo: Quora.
Source: UGC

According to the Daily Mail Online, the unknown woman tagged along with her large clan to the romantic occasion without informing her date in advance.

After enjoying the meal, the man decided to teach the woman a lesson and fled away after receiving the bill which amounted to KSh 382,000 ( £2,300).

According to a Chinese newspaper, Taizhou Evening News, the anonymous woman went on a blind date with a 29-year-old man identified as Liu in eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang.

Reports indicate that the date was organised by Liu’s mom who was worried about her son who had been single for long.

The man had offered to pay for the meal with the thought that it would be a romantic dinner for two but shock on him.

Speaking to the media, the woman said she wanted to test her potential boyfriend’s generosity in catering for the large crowd of 25.

According to reports, the lady and her family enjoyed expensive dishes and alcohol.

Interestingly, Liu failed the test and his potential date ended up paying for the meal herself.

It was later agreed that the man pays for a small part of the meal and the remainder of the bill be shared among the woman’s 23 family members.

In other news, reported of one bride who has since gone viral after she took to social media to convince her friends and family to fund her special day.

According to the post on Reddit, the bride wants a huge amount of moneythat will enable her and her fiance’ to tour Europe for a one month honeymoon.

According to the post, the couple will be tying the knot in December and the bride hopes the guests will not change their mind due to coronavirus.

“Hope you all are doing great and getting all of you all wedding gifts (haha) prepare your cold hard cash and your large housewarming gifts…We really cannot wait to see you all (and receive your gifts LOL) this December,” read the post.

The bride advised her friends against pulling out due to COVID-19 saying they have a monetary goal of KSh 2.2 million ($20,000) minimum.

She indicated that the guests are expected to donate over KSh 3.2 million ($30,000).


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PHOTOS:Maureen Waititu throws son lavish party to mark 5th birthday



Alot has been said about Maureen Waititu and ex, Frankie Just Gym It who doubles up as her baby daddy and ex fiance. The former couple has been giving fans and bloggers a good reason to continue snooping into their personal life as they like to parade it on social media.

However, what we can say is that they both had been drowning in a toxic relationship for a while; and this can be seen in the blame game that they continue to play in front of their followers. On Tuesday, 2o October Frankie Just Gymit shared a special message dedicated to his son as he celebrated his 5th birthday; but what caught our attention is the part he revealed that his ex has denied hi access to his boys. He wrote;

Since I have no access to you, I’ll pass these words on and hope they find you. Be true to yourself always. Live your own dreams. Don’t take life so seriously. And, last but certainly not least, Know that I love you and will always be there for you. No matter what, I’ve got your back. You are my son and always will be. Happy Birthday Lexi.

Maureen shares birthday photos

Maureen on the other hand has however chosen to maintain her silence; but this does not mean she will not be posting anything. As seen on her latest post, the mother of two has gone ahead to share a few photos showing how lit her baby’s birthday was.

Lexi turns 5

Judging from the set up, we can agree that indeed the single mum went all out for her baby boy; but as much as she has issues with her ex lover, she should have let the baby daddy celebrate with her son. No?

Maureen Waititu celebrates son’s birthday in style


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