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Lives of cancer patients at risk after KNH halts radiotherapy bookings

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Patients with life-threatening conditions might suffer as the government puts more emphasis on Covid-19, the Nation has learnt.

This is after the Kenyatta National Hospital suspended bookings for first-time cancer patients who were meant to start radiotherapy.

However, treatment of existing patients will continue, after which the hospital plans to ration who gets the life-saving therapy to kill cancerous cells and who will be left out.

One of the patients, who had travelled from a rural area, said she had done her planning and was meant to start her radiotherapy.

She, however, could not.

The hospital said it will communicate at a later date.

“We had done all the planning and I was to start my treatment on Monday. I am bleeding and in pain. I don’t know when they will contact me, I fear the cancer cells will grow,” says the cervical cancer patient.

An insider who spoke to the Nation said the machine can attend to over 200 patients a day but because the government is insisting on social distancing in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the facility has since reduced the number.

KNH is the only public hospital with three radiotherapy machines. Each machine attends to over 80 patients a day.

What happens to the remaining patients who are also in critical condition and need urgent measures to stop tumour progression as well as treatment for their survival? “Why can’t they plan so that we can come at different times. I am in so much pain and cannot imagine starting my treatment even tomorrow,” says the patient with stage-three cervical cancer.

She adds: “I understand they will choose a small number, I am praying that I will be one of them.”

When contacted, KNH boss Evans Kamuri said it was not true that they were discharging patients but only scaling down on the numbers “We are not releasing patients, KNH is still running but scaling down on some non-critical areas to avoid congestion,” Dr Kamuri said.

The patient said that they were told by nurses that the facility was not admitting any new patients because the wards were being cleared for Covid-19 patients.

She also said that they could not be admitted because they are vulnerable and could easily contract the deadly disease.

The national referral hospital is one of the government-designated facilities equipped to handle coronavirus patients, who are not supposed to mix with the public until they recover.

By Daily Nation


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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

-Mpasho


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Kenyans Woman Spikes Lover’s Drink, Transfers Sh1.7mn From His Bank Account – police

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A woman has been arrested in the Kenyan coast after spiking his drink, and stealing Sh1.7 million from his bank account.

24-year-old Beatrice Mueni Mbiu had been on the run since September 8 when the incident occurred at a night club in Nyali, Kwale County.

“She took off alongside her two accomplices but we got her,” a DCI detective told Capital FM News, “she will be charged on Monday even as we seek the other two.”

The detective said the suspect had been positively identified by the victim.

According to police, the woman first spiked the man’s drink then stole his phone which she used to transfer Sh1.7 million from his bank account.

Detectives said they relied on the club’s CCTV images and footage to identify and trace the suspect.

Drink-spiking is common in night clubs frequented by commercial sex workers in major towns including Nairobi and Mombasa where they target both locals and foreigners.

-Capitalfm.co.ke


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PS Kibicho reveals he contracted coronavirus

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Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho has revealed that he contracted coronavirus and recovered after undergoing treatment.

While addressing mourners in Kirinyaga County on Friday Dr Kibicho said Covid-19 is not a death sentence.

“I tested positive for coronavirus, but I was treated and discharged from hospital,” he said at Gathuthuini Primary School during the funeral service of a local church leader.

“I am a living example. Those who are suffering from the disease should not worry because they will get well,” he said, adding that out of 100 people who contract the disease in Kenya only two succumb to it.

Dr Kibicho advised Kenyans to be tested for the disease because it is curable.

“Kenyans should be tested to know their status so that they can be treated,” he said.

The PS also urged Kenyans not to stigmatise people who have contracted the virus.

“Covid-19 patients should be showed love and not rejection. When the patients are abandoned, they become depressed and may take longer to recover,” he said.

He also underscored the need for everyone to continue observing protocols issued by the Ministry of Health to control the spread of Covid-19.

“People should wear masks, sanitise regularly, wash their hands and avoid crowded places,” he said.

The PS further said that city residents should avoid travel during the holidays.

“If I had power, I would lock Nairobi during the festive season to curb spread of the dis-ease to rural areas,” Dr Kibicho said.


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