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Gone too soon: Tribute to Kenyans killed by the coronavirus

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MAURICE BARASA NAMIINDA

Maurice Barasa Namiinda, a 66-year-old engineer was the first victim of the coronavirus in Kenya.

Maurice  Namiinda

Before his demise, Namiinda had been admitted to the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi shortly after his return from a work trip in eSwatini through South Africa. It is suspected that he contracted the

virus during the trip. He died while undergoing treatment at the facility’s intensive care unit (ICU).

His medical history indicates that he suffered diabetes that required medical attention from time to time. The late Namiinda leaves behind a wife and seven children.

ANTHONY GICHIA

Anthony Gichia was Kenya Revenue Authority’s senior manager before he succumbed to Covid-19 on April 2 at the Nairobi Hospital.

ANTHONY GICHIA

Gichia was the manager in charge of the taxman’s Southern region, which is one of the five main regions in Kenya. Other regions include Northern, Central, Western and Rift Valley.

He was laid to rest at his farm in Juja on April 4 during a ceremony attended by close family and friends. Information on how he contracted the virus was not clear as the tax agency remained mum about his recent travel history.

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DAUDI KIMUYU KIBATI

Captain Daudi Kimuyu Kibati. PHOTO | COURTESY

Daudi Kimuyu Kibati was until his death on April 1 a captain at the Kenya Airways in the operations department.

Captain Kibati, who was taken ill on March 29, died a week after performing his last international assignment. The senior Kenya Airways pilot had on his last assignment evacuated Kenyans stranded in the Covid-19-hit New York City before the government’s ban on international flights took effect.

He had also flown another flight from Nairobi to Rome, Italy and back to Nairobi, before being dispatched to New York.

Captain Kibati, a retired Major of the Kenya Air Force, was born in Maliku, Kitui County.

CHILD AT KNH

Kenya recorded the first death of a child when a six-year-old was confirmed to have died due to Covid-19 complications. The child had been taken ill after developing a persistent fever, difficulty in breathing and coughing. The child who was on long-term management for anaemia.

History indicates that the boy accompanied by the family had just come back from India for treatment.

The family failed to disclose the recent travels to the Asian country, which has confirmed thousands of the coronavirus cases to date.

However, the family only disclosed about their travel history to the medics attending to him when the boys’ condition deteriorated. Was admitted to the paediatric ICU. Swabs were taken while he was in the ICU but by the time the results came in positive, the child had already died.

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MARK MBUA

Mark Mbua, general manager of Mitchell Cotts, died on April 5 while admitted at the Coast General Hospital.

MARK MBUA

The 51-year-old had been checked into the hospital on March 30 after developing symptoms associated with the coronavirus. It was not clear how he contracted the virus but travel history indicates that he had been to Nairobi and back to the coastal city of Mombasa when his symptoms developed.

Mr Mbua had served as captain of the Mombasa Golf Club between 2017 and 2018 and was set to vie for the position of the chairman at the end of the year.

URSULA BULUMA

URSULA BULUMA

Ursula Buluma was preparing to retire when she contracted the coronavirus leading to her demise days later. Buluma had developed chest pains and breathing difficulties just before she was taken ill at the Pandya Memorial Hospital.

She had been a long-time employee at the Kenya Ports Authority and was among the agency’s three employees who had been placed under quarantine after exhibiting symptoms associated with the Covid-19. It is reported that she had no travel history before contracting coronavirus.

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Shock as man ‘resurrects’ in a Kericho mortuary

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There was drama at Kapkatet sub-county hospital in Kericho on Tuesday night when a 32-year-old man who had been presumed dead and taken to the mortuary regained consciousness close to three hours later.

Mortuary attendants were getting ready to embalm Peter Kigen’s body when they noticed some movements.

Kigen, a resident of Kibwastuiyo village in Bureti Constituency, is said to have collapsed while at home before his family took him to hospital.

His younger brother, Kevin Kipkurui, said he was present when Kigen collapsed. With the help of their cousin, they took Kigen to the hospital at 5.30 pm.

“When we arrived at the casualty department, we met a doctor who asked us to register the details of the patient at the reception while he attended to him,” Kipkurui, who was still in shock, told The Standard.

After registering the patient, Kipkurui said he was again asked to the National Hospital Insurance Fund desk for further documentation of his brother.

Kigen reportedly suffers from a chronic illness.

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“When I went back to the casualty department at around 7.45 pm, I learnt my brother was dead. A nurse told me that he died long before we arrived at the hospital,” Kipkurui said.

He added: “The nurse later handed me a document to take to the mortuary attendant before my brother’s body was moved to the morgue.”

However, at 10.30 pm, Kipkuriu said, as they were waiting for embalming of Kigen’s body, they were informed that in fact, he was not dead.

Mortuary attendants who mummified the body told them that Kigen had regained consciousness.

“The mortician called me into the morgue and we saw him make movements. We were shocked. We could not understand how they could move a person who is still alive into the mortuary,” Kipkurui said.

Kigen, who spoke from his hospital bed yesterday, said he was shocked to learn that he was thought to have died and even taken to the mortuary.

“I cannot believe what just happened. How did they establish that I was dead?” he said.

Kirui, who donned his light-blue hospital uniform, was nevertheless happy to be alive and vowed to dedicate his life to evangelism once he’s discharged from hospital.

“I did not even know where I was when I regained consciousness, but I thank God for sparing my life. I will serve him for the rest of my life,” he said.

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The hospital’s medical superintendent Gilbert Cheruiyot said Kigen was in critical condition when he was brought in.

Dr Cheruiyot said: “His relatives presumed he was dead and did not even wait for certification of death. They moved him to the mortuary, on their own.”

He said the clinical officers at the casualty were busy attending to other critically ill patients when Kigen was brought in, including an epileptic and a diabetic patient.

“They asked Kigen’s relatives to give them some time but they accused the clinicians of taking too much time and decided to take him to the mortuary. It was while the mortician was getting ready to embalm his body that she noticed some signs of life,” said Cheruiyot. He said the mortician informed the team at the casualty department which took Kigen back and begun resuscitating him. The process took three hours before the patient was stabilised.

“The patient was later taken to the ward and is responding well to treatment. We hope to discharge him in a few days,” Dr Cheruiyot said yesterday.

He added: “I advise those bringing their loved ones to the hospital to follow the laid down regulations. Before a body is moved the mortuary, it has to be certified by a clinician. In Kigen’s case, we can only say he was lucky, especially because of our qualified mortician who checked him before making any move,” said Cheruiyot.

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The bizarre incident saw local MCAs, led by the Majority Leader Hezron Kipngeno, storm the hospital. This is after Chelanget MCA Hezborn Tonui demanded a statement from the heath committee over the incident that shocked the county.


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Janet Mbugua shares her Covid-19 scare

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Media personality Janet Mbugua has shared the tale of the time she faced a scare as thought she had contracted Covid-19 last month.

In a video she shared on Instagram, the former Citizen tv news anchor said she experienced Covid-19 symptoms which escalated quite quickly.

The video shows her being taken through the nasal swab test for Covid-19, which is known to very uncomfortable.

Luckily, the result for the mother of two came back negative.

Janet Mbugua said that her scary experience motivated her to fight the fear and stigma related to Coronavirus, and will use her platform to advocate for a vaccine.

This comes as Covid-19 cases continue to rise sharply in Kenya amid a rush by various pharmaceutical companies globally to come up with an effective vaccine.

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Comedian Flaqo opens up on rare condition he has been battling

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Popular Kenyan comedian, Flaqo born Erastus Ayieko Otieno has for the first time spoken about a rare condition that he has been struggling with for some time.

Turns out that despite the funny man the Kenyan audience and beyond has grown to know as Flaqo Raz, he has his fair share of battles behind the cameras.

Flaqo opens up

The Internet sensation shared a photo showing red, itchy welts like a form of skin reaction on certain parts of his body.

Depending on the reactions, the welts appear and fade repeatedly and vary in size.

The YouTuber shared his condition with fans in the hope that maybe one or two can relate to what he has been going through and maybe work out a solution on the same.

“Anyone with this condition, how do you go about it?” he posed.

Comedian Flaqo rare skin condition

“Sometimes I have to postpone my shoots because they are unbearable. Zangu zilipotea for 6 months straight. Now they are back…” he replied to a fan who shared a similar experience.

Funny enough, soon as he had put up the post, he got so much feedback, with so many individuals able to relate to his skin condition, to his amazement.

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“So far: try staying in the sun for a bit, bathe with warm water after taking antihistamines. To understand your condition better, make a point of seeing a dermatologist,” Flaqo shared with fans battling a similar condition, after gathering responses from his fan base.

Wrapping up urging fellow victims to take plenty of water, work out more often and avoid proteins since hives get triggered by things like particular foods, medication and stress.

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