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Nairobi Women’s Hospital CEO steps aside ‘to allow investigations’

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Besieged Nairobi Women’s Hospital Chief Executive Officer Dr Felix Wanjala has stepped aside to allow a probe into claims of underhand tactics by the hospital administration to raise more money from patients.

The CEO, in a statement to staff on Saturday, said that he that allegations that the hospital is facing were very serious in nature.

“I have taken time to think about this, although I don’t believe the allegations are true I would want our patients to regain confidence in us as a healthcare provider. I have this afternoon written to the Chairman of the board informing him of my decision to step aside from my position as CEO effective immediately to allow (the) investigation team to do their work,” said Dr Wanjala.

He denied accusations that the hospital was putting revenue ahead of patient care in their operations. “These allegations are very serious in nature.”

BILL INFLATION

Several state bodies this week joined the tide as institutions moved to cut ties with the hospital after reported claims of bill inflation by the healthcare provider.

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) sent out a memo to all its staff notifying them that it had suspended the facility from its list of service providers.

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The move by the taxman came just a day after all health insurance providers, led by Jubilee, Britam, AAR, Old Mutual and CIC Group, suspended ties with the hospital.

The firms said they would no longer reimburse both inpatient and outpatient claims in any of the hospital’s branches.

The Association of Kenya Insurers (AKI) said that the suspension would remain in force pending a thorough review of the quality and cost of the hospital’s services and that it will not affect insured customers already admitted.

The association said it will engage with service providers through their respective associations to address most, if not all, the issues affecting the medical insurance business.

The hospital was accused of admitting and detaining patients unnecessarily just to hit financial targets.

BY NN


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KQ loses second pilot to Covid-19 in London

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The national carrier Kenya Airways has lost another pilot to Covid-19.

Captain Salah Salim Jeizan, 57, died at a London hospital on Wednesday, the airline’s chief human resources officer Evelyne Munyoki said in a condolence message.

Captain Jeizan flew to London’s Heathrow Airport on November 7 from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport but developed difficulties in breathing while in a London hotel.

Jeizan was rushed to the hospital from his hotel room and put on oxygen.

According to Ibrahim Johnny, a close colleague, the deceased will be buried on Thursday in London under the Islamic law.

Captain Jeizan joined the national carrier in 2001 as a junior pilot and rose through the ranks to his last position as a senior captain on the Boeing 787 fleet.

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He flew to different international destinations in Europe, US and the Middle East.

“On behalf of the board of directors, the management and staff of Kenya Airways, we join the family of the late captain Jeizan in mourning their beloved one and pray that the almighty God will strengthen them during this time of sorrow,” KQ said in a statement.

In April Kenya lost its first captain, Daudi Kibati, days after commandeering a flight that evacuated Kenyans stranded in the US after the outbreak of Covid-19.

The captain was taken ill on March 29 after returning from New York and he died on April 1.

By NN


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Tribute: The Dr Njoroge I Knew

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Doctor Jacqueline Njoroge, or Jacque as we fondly called her, was a self-driven, kind, passionate and hardworking doctor at the Thika level 5 Hospital.

She started her life as a first born child in a family of three siblings in Gatitu, Nyeri County.

Through hard work, she excelled in school and joined the University of Nairobi as a medical student and later pursued her masters degree in medicine at the same university.

Jacqueline, who succumbed to Covid-19 complications at only 38, was a dear friend to many.

She made all her friends feel so special, which won her many close friends and acquaintances. A beautiful lady inside and out, she was always smiling, easy to love, cared deeply about everyone and was very generous. Her warm personality brought calmness to even the most difficult situations.  She liked to tease those close to her with words like “you spoilt brat, you will burn in hell, and often called people sweetheart, sister, my dearest”.  She loved cakes, especially fruit cake, which she looked for every small opportunity to share with her family friends and colleagues.

Sense of style

Jacque had a great sense of style in her dressing, hairstyle and even home décor. She loved being neat, presentable and well-groomed. It was rare to find Jacqueline with a bad hair or bad nail day.

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She put her husband, Joshua Chokera, and children Adrian and Angel, and her parents first.

Sundays were spent in church and with family. She loved to cook and bake cakes for them.

Her colleagues loved her both as a doctor and a manager. She was the deputy medical superintendent at the Thika level 5 Hospital as well as the proprietor of Equity Afya clinics in Thika and Kahawa Sukari.

She was a practicing physician both in the public hospital and part-time private hospital. She was passionate, especially about cancer and HIV.

At Thika Level 5 Hospital, she was the head of the team that began the Thika Cancer Care Centre and went ahead to fundraise for the same through a marathon in August 2019. She also chaired the technical working group (LAKATI) that offered a platform to discuss complicated HIV cases.

Admirable leader

Jacqueline was an admirable leader whose colleagues describe as approachable and a problem solver. Her office was open to all and she would make everyone feel at home and welcome. She listened to everyone’s challenges keenly and tried to provide solutions. Most importantly, she was a team player.

She will be remembered for bringing all the specialists together and this way improving service delivery. She mentored many young colleagues and, as a believer in excellence and attention to detail, she hoped to pass this traits to the younger doctors.

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We are all saddened that she had to die on the front line. She, like many doctors, was concerned about the coronavirus and had to balance between the fear of contacting the virus and infecting her loved ones and the need to be on the frontline both as a leader and a doctor. Her main challenges were ensuring all workers had adequate PPE (personal protective equipment). She even approached Equity Bank, through the CEO, James Mwangi, for help. Mr Mwangi promised to supply the hospital with PPE for 18 months. She was looking forward to a day when the Covid-19 vaccine would be discovered.

She has left a huge gap as a dedicated leader, manager, physician, mother, wife and daughter.

May the almighty God rest her beautiful soul in eternity.

By Nation.africa


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The Rate at Which Kenyan Teens Are Consuming Alcohol is Alarming!

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Even though the Alcoholic Drinks Control Act (2013) clearly states that; “No person holding a licence to manufacture, store or consume alcoholic drinks under this Act shall allow a person under the age of eighteen years to enter or gain access to the area in which the alcoholic drink is manufactured, stored or consumed,” a recent study shows that young people start consuming alcohol between the age 12 – 16 years. A bigger percentage of them receive their first drink from their friends, relatives and even parents.

‘When I look at that chair I see Shanty’ – Shanty’s mum mourns
But who cares? The bar owners need money, and young people want to have fun.

44.9% of them drink on special occasions, 32.9% on school holidays, 6.6% 2-3 times a week, 5.1% daily, 5.1% once a month, 3.3% every two weeks and 2.9% once a week.

BOY SCHOOLS ACCOUNT FOR THE HIGHEST UNDERAGE ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION WHILE THE HABIT TENDS TO BE ALMOST EVENLY SKEWED BETWEEN THOSE THAT RECEIVE >3000 & <500 PER TERM AS POCKET MONEY. MINORS FROM SINGLE PARENT AND GRANDPARENT-LED FAMILIES ARE MORE LIKELY TO ENGAGE IN UNDERAGE CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL
Courtesy NACADA/ Ipsos

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