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Kenya’s public hospitals ‘as sickly as their patients’

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The country’s four major referral hospitals ate not only ailing, but also a far cry from being functional health institutions by international standards, a report tabled in Parliament shows.

Their state sums up the breakdown in the public health care system, which is now a devolved function, that is synonymous with poor services, lack of equipment and sufficient manpower.

A damning report by Departmental committee on Health chaired by Murang’ a Woman Representative Sabina Chege, reveals that the four hospitals—Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH), Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH), National Spinal Injury Hospital and Mathari National Teaching and Referral Hospital—are almost on their knees because of debts and inadequate funding.

Leaking roofs

In some instances, the state of disrepair is so dire that roofs are leaking with cracked and paint starved walls where thousands of desperate and poor Kenyans troop to seek either poorly delivered or non-existent services.

The equipment, if at all, is old and dysfunctional— and in some worst cases, heaped in some corner under sickening layers of dust.

The Chege committee, which prepared the report after visiting the facilities, blames budgetary cuts, financial constraints and perennial low funding from government since independence for the sorry state of the referral and other public hospitals in the country.

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The committee said KNH, which is the country’s oldest and largest referral and teaching facility, is severely constrained because of “perennial underfunding”.

Currently, the hospital, which has a cash flow of Sh1.6 billion with a further Sh2.3b personnel emolument gap, requires Sh3.6b plus additional Sh4.9b to operate properly.

Staffing shortfall

The report also raises concerns over the hospital’s staffing shortfall, which stands at 1,456, terming it a near crisis— and to address the gap, it requires Sh2.6b, money which is not forthcoming.

KNH, which suffers what the committee terms a leadership vacuum after the hiring of a substantive chief executive officer was halted by the court, also lacks critical equipment and is overcrowded, especially by outpatients and those detained for failing to pay medical bills.

“The facility faces a staffing shortfall of near crisis proportions,” says the report.

Mathari Hospital, on the other hand, which has bed occupancy of 119 per cent in the civil unit and 115 percent in maximum security unit, the report says inadequate staff in all cadres is hurting service delivery. It says, for instance, it found one female nurse, who was in charge of 147 patients.

The report also raised concern over the general status of the hospitals’ buildings which it says are old, dilapidated with cracks on the walls with leaking roofs besides lacking essential facilities such as toilets, bathrooms, sinks, ventilation’s as well as has a poor drainage and sewage system.

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Kabi Wa Jesus returns car gift because it is too low for Kenyan roads 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Kenyan YouTuber Kabi Wa Jesus has returned his newly acquired Audi A5 car gifted to him by his wife Milly WaJesus on his birthday.

Speaking on their YouTube channel, the social media sensation explained that as much as the car was everything he dreamed of, it became hectic navigating the Kenyan roads because it was too low.

“First of all I want to say a big thank you for the overwhelming support you guys showed us when my love surprised me with this German machine over here and you know I’m super grateful but aki please guys don’t come for me, I’m just saying but this is not to refuse the gift.

“This is it, I wanted this car because it is low, classy-looking and clean and that’s why my love got it. However, my love wanted a Q5 which is like a million bob more. It’s a bigger car, still an Audi but it’s a million bob more and it’s higher.

“So she went ahead and got it for me but after driving it for like four days I felt it’s low to be honest. It doesn’t feel as easy to drive especially on our road. Where we stay is very interior. Now this is what I’m thinking, I’m thinking we add that million bob and upgrade to a bigger car, the Audi Q5,” he said.

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According to Milly WaJesus, her decision to ‘purchase’ the Audi Q5 was because of the roads but since her husband wanted a low car she sacrificed her preference and got him what he wanted.

“So my problem has been this for a long time, Kabi wanted a Mercedes-Benz E-Class then we settled on an Audi, but he wanted a car that was low.

“I kept telling him it’s not about where we live because we can always move if we wanted to but it’s about the roads we have in our country and it is unfortunate that you can’t peacefully have the car you want to have especially if you move a lot,” said Milly.

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‘I told him if you want to commit suicide with drinking, take a rope…’ Othuol Othuol’s father speaks

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The father of late comedian Othuol Othuol has moved Kenyans after speaking for the first time following his death.

Othuol’s story was featured on Churchill Show journey series, where his family, close friends and colleagues paid glowing tributes to him.

‘The last time he came home it was January this year. He called me and told me he wanted to come and built his house because everyone was asking him about it,’ his father said.

Adding,

‘He came home and put up a house which is bigger than mine and promised to build me one once he was done’.

Othuol Othuol was known for his love for alcohol and his father and close friend actress Sandra Dacha confirmed this.

‘We had a lot of problems with his drinking style. An I’d urge young people to tread carefully. People have drunk until they are even 100 or 90 years and are still strong because were cautious but not careless. If you do is carelessly then you become careless with your life,’ he,’ explained.

The bereaved father continued,

‘His drinking was a concern to the family. Whenever he would come home, the whole home would be full…chang’aa (local brew) and other drinks. He arrives in the village in the morning but I’d see him in the night when he is going to sleep. Just from one chang’aa den to another and I could go round making noise nyinyi mnaharibu watoto wa watu but he was a grown-up so hakuna mtu anamuharibu.’

The sad father was fed up with his son’s drinking and tried to warn him but his warnings fell on deaf ears.

‘I called him one day and told him if you want to commit suicide with drinking please tell me and the style you want to take. If you want to commit suicide with drinking carelessly, don’t take time, better take a rope and do it. I’ll come to carry you home,” he recalled.

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‘I thought he could go slow… during the time he was diagnosed with TB, I sent a brother to go and take care of him but he said “no this is my hoúse. If you talk about my drinking and the money is mine, then hatutaelewana”.’

The comedian was raised by his father and stepmother.

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By Mpasho.co.ke

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Varshita actress Eve D’Souza says ‘I Do’ in all-white private affair

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Popular Kenyan actress, Eve DSouza known for her mark on Auntie Boss and Varshita, has tied the knot in a stunning private white wedding.

The beauty got engaged to her Prince Charming Simon Anderson back in December 2019, in a beautiful surprise event while in Goa, India, by the beach side.

What they termed “the start of a beautiful journey” has now blossomed into a breathtaking milestone as the lovebirds officially said ‘I Do’ over the weekend.

Eve DSouza ties the knot

In an undisclosed location and an event graced only by close friends and family, an excited Eve, known never to take life seriously – going by her comical theatrics, sweetly captioned “Married 16.10.2020 ❤❤”.

Eve D’Souza ties the knot with long-time boyfriend

It has been all Congratulations to the newly weds. Fans unable to express their joy and envy as the beautiful 41-year old finally gets a chance at marriage.

The ravishing media personality clad in an open sparkling white wedding gown. With her dearly beloved opting for a crisp navy blue suit coupled with a wine-colored tie to complement his beauty.

Eve D’Souza ties the knot with long-time boyfriend

It was not until December 2018, that the gorgeous light-skin beauty introduced her man to the public for the first time. A dear Simon Anderson who had proven to be the final answer to her dear heart.

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Have a look at more photos of the star-struck couple.

Eve D’Souza off the market

Actress Eve D´Souza and her Prince Charming

Film star Eve D’Souza and long-time boyfriend, Simon wed

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