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Wuhan hospital director dies of coronavirus



A hospital director at the epicentre of China’s virus epidemic died Tuesday, state media said, the latest medical worker to fall victim to the coronavirus which has spread across the country.

The Covid-19 virus, which is believed to have originated in Wuhan late last year, has spread to more than 72,000 people and killed 1,900 in China.

Liu Zhiming, the director of Wuchang Hospital in Wuhan, died Tuesday morning after “all-out rescue efforts failed,” state broadcaster CCTV reported.

He is the first known hospital director to have died from the coronavirus.

At least six other medical workers have died from the virus, while 1,716 have been infected, according to official figures.

Liu’s death was initially reported by Chinese media and bloggers shortly after midnight on Tuesday — but the stories were later deleted and replaced with reports that doctors were still attempting to save him.

The hospital director’s death has echoes of the death of Wuhan ophthalmologist Li Wenliang, who had been punished by authorities for sounding the alarm about the virus in late December.

Li’s death prompted a national outpouring of grief as well as anger against the authorities, who were accused of mishandling the crisis.

People took to social media once more to mourn Liu on Tuesday, with many users on the Twitter-like Weibo platform drawing comparisons between Liu’s death and Li’s, which was also initially reported by state media and then denied hours before being finally confirmed again.

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Doctors in Wuhan face shortages of masks and protective bodysuits, with some even wearing makeshift hazmat suits and continuing to work despite showing respiratory symptoms, because of a lack of medical staff, health workers have said.


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Meet the woman who rallied kids to sing melodies from their balconies



Last week, a video of children singing praises from their balconies went viral, especially since the government had banned congregating in churches.

It has now emerged that the video was taken at Thindigua Heights along Kiambu Road and one Lillian Mbere initiated the idea.

Lillian, a Sunday School teacher at All Saints Cathedral, said she was compelled to organize something for the kids that would be similar to their Sunday routine but strictly adhering to social distancing.

Prior to the pandemic she would gather the kids at her apartment and teach them a number of things so most kids wondered why she suddenly stopped.

Following announcements by most churches that they would move their services online, Lillian felt she would do church differently by bringing it closer home, literally.

“Because of the disease, we have not been having our Saturday meetings. Our church has been having online services and even a class for children.

“I wondered, why can’t I replicate that in our estate?” she said.

Lillian engaged a number of parents via social media and they agreed they would let their kids go to their respective balconies.

“I told them, practice the songs and I will re-do the Bible lesson, which was done at the church, then we meet at 6 pm,” she said during an interview with Capital.

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On the material day, March 29, the kids did as they had been instructed and their melodious voices captured the attention of residents of the area who quickly recorded the moment.

So far, Coronavirus has claimed 4 lives in Kenya and over 120 have tested positive.

The Ministry of Health has urged Kenyans to stay at home and only leave the house when necessary.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has also warned that the number of positive cases is likely to rise significantly due to local transmissions.


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Ndingi sold his car to buy land for IDPs



While many leaders including President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto have eulogised, Raphael Ndingi Mwana a’ Nzeki as a true servant of God, no one knows him better than  the priests and ordinary Christians who freely interacted with him at the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru.

Sadly, the thousands of Christians whom he served for nearly 50 years before he left for Nairobi in 1996, will not be able to give him a memorable send-off on Tuesday owing to coronavirus pandemic.

Archbishop Ndingi, perhaps one of the most prominent Catholic clerics in Kenya, served as the Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Nakuru which also includes parts of Baringo County.

At the Christ The King Cathedral in Nakuru, his sermons were always full like crusades.

In one of his memorable homily, he once told former President Daniel arap Moi on his face that he could not enter the church with armed body guards and he obliged.

The Archbishop Emeritus who died aged 89 years, will forever be remembered by the residents of Molo.

“There is day Archbishop Ndingi sold his sleek Mercedes Benz gift from friends in Germany to buy land for the displaced families in Molo,” recalls Mr Andrew Nyabuto.

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Mr Nyabuto said the cleric used the proceeds of the car to buy land and resettled hundreds of IDPs who were camping at Christ The King Cathedral.

“Unlike present day preachers who rarely declare any gifts they get from abroad, this act by the Archbishop touched many and if there is heaven then I bet Archbishop Ndingi went to heaven directly,” said Mr Nyabuto.

Ms Mary Kahengeri, one of the people who camped at Christ The King Cathedral in Nakuru during the 1991-1992 tribal clashes said: “Today I own this piece of land in Molo because of humanitarian acts by Archbishop Ndingi. I will forever be indebted to him as long as I live.”

Father Peter Mose of Subukia described Archbishop Ndingi as “a spiritual dad that one would like to be near. He understood the thin line between politics and faith.”

He added: “He had fatherly advice and he would tell us not to drive at night. He used to tell us if night finds you on the road sleep in the nearest parish.”

Father Joseph Gatamu said: “He used to tell us to give lifts in our cars to our parents and altar boys because in case of an accident they would not take us to court but will in turn defend us.”

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The Lay Apostolate Coordinator at the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru, Ronald Sunros Sunguti said the current structure at the diocese is as a result of Ndingi’s good organisational skills.

“He was a man of the people with high level of intelligence. He was a fearless, hardworking and impartial. He was a person of order. He made the structure of Nakuru Diocese as you see it today,” said Mr Sunguti.

The last priest Archbishop Ndingi ordained before he left for Nairobi in 1996, Father Samuel Waweru, who is currently in charge of Catholic Justice and Peace Commission ( CJPC) at the diocese, described him described him as “honest person who reminded the clergy to pray always or they become the prey.”

Mr Joseph Omondi, the executive director of Midrift Human Rights Network in Nakuru town said Archbishop Ndingi was a leading voice of the voiceless during Kanu regime.

“He was a democracy and human rights champion. He sheltered and fed the victims of politically instigated clashes at Christ The King Cathedral in Nakuru. His ability to interpret the biblical teachings and what was happening in the country was motivating and uplifting,” said Mr Omondi.

Father Moses Muraya who was the Vicar General for 10 years under Archbishop Ndingi described him as “an honest, committed and disciplined man who loved his job.”

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“He was also a development conscious cleric who started all the social programmes such as water, hospitals and schools among others,” recalls Fr Murya who is a former Nakuru Diocese administrator.

Fr Muraya recalls how one day he asked Archbishop Ndingi what his job description as Vicar-General was and he responded: “ When I am around you do nothing and when I am not around you do everything.”

He added: “He is the foundation of all projects that have kept this diocese strong for the past five decades.”

At the same time, he said that while touring a clash-torn Olenguruone area with Fr Stephen Mbugua in 1992, police officers confronted them and sent him to go and tell Archbishop Ndingi to tread carefully on his push for justice for the displaced people.

However, Father Muraya said that when he told Archbishop Ndingi what the police told him, he responded: “Tell them (police) to come and do what they want. Do they (police) think I will die from morning to evening?”

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It’s Time to Spread Hope by Supporting the Less Fortunate



There is always a light at the end of the tunnel. For this particular tunnel, someone has to at least light a candle.

Join Optiven Foundation as we reach out to the less fortunate and those disadvantaged by Covid 19. The needs are becoming overwhelming as thousands of Kenyans get holed up in their homes and other hosted by friends. Food is now a top priority at the moment.

This time round, you are the one who has the capacity to light a candle; to give Hope. So, just do it, Be the helping hand.

Together, let’s spread Hope

Send your contribution through Mpesa Paybill 898630 Account Name Hope.

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