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Horrors revealed at virus-hit Canada nursing home



Elderly residents left soiled and unfed after their caregivers fled the premises, 31 deaths in the space of a few weeks: a nursing home in Montreal has become the symbol of the terrible toll coronavirus is taking in Canada’s long-term care homes.

The bleak situation discovered at the Residence Herron, in the Montreal suburb of Dorval, has triggered an investigation for gross negligence and a national reckoning about the conditions in long-term care homes which account for half the country’s more than 1,250 Covid-19 deaths.

“I was sick to my stomach, I was really sick to my stomach,” Moira Davis, whose father Stanley Pinnell died at the Herron facility on April 8, told AFP.

“All of a sudden these questions started flying through my head, ‘What could we have done differently? Why did nobody tell us?… Why, why, why?'”

Called to the rescue after most of the staff deserted the facility, health authorities found residents dehydrated, unfed for days and lying listless in bed, some covered in excrement. Others had fallen to the floor. Two deaths had gone unnoticed for several days.

At least five of the 31 recent deaths at the home have been officially attributed to the virus, with the others still being investigated by a coroner.

From her home in Creighton, Saskatchewan, Davis said she became concerned about her 86-year-old father, who is believed to have contracted coronavirus a week before his death, as he sounded weaker and weaker on the phone each time they spoke.

Davis says Residence Herron is a “poster child for what is wrong in our senior health care” — but she is also certain it is not unique.

“There are other homes, I am sure, in every country of the world, where families have experienced a similar situation.”

“It scares me, it terrifies me to think that I am 60 years of age, and I may someday end up in one of these homes.”

In announcing the fatalities this week, Quebec Premier Francois Legault said it appeared to be a case of “gross negligence”: just two nurses had been left to care for 130 elderly residents.

Further fuelling public outrage, Canadian media also revealed that the home’s owner had once been convicted of drug trafficking, fraud and tax evasion.

For families, shock and anger mixed with the frustration of having been powerless to do anything, kept away by a ban on visits to the home to avoid contamination.

Local health authorities have now taken control of the facility, and a Can$5 million class action has been launched against the owner alleging “inhumane and degrading maltreatment” for failing to ensure continued and adequate care.

“On April 7, my mother was left in her wheelchair with a full, soiled diaper for three hours because no one responded” to the emergency button and her cries for help, Peter Wheeland told AFP, adding that she had diarrhoea, one of the symptoms of the new coronavirus.

“We weren’t able to communicate with anyone: We called the nurses’ station, we left messages, we did everything we could do to reach them and there was no answer,” he said, recalling being overcome with fear “that my mother could suddenly die.”

Connie Wheeland has since been transferred to a hospital where she was diagnosed with Covid-19. She will not return to Herron. Rather than continue to pay the home Can$45,000 each year, once she recovers her son plans to set her up in an apartment and hire a private nurse to care for her.

From the parking lot of the facility, Maxime Jacques, 35, along with his sister, wife and children, wave to his mother Jacqueline — who from her room on the second floor can just see the sign they have hung on a fence: “We love you grandma.”

“We feel a little let down,” says Jacques, who is still trying to find out more from staff about the 86-year-old’s health condition.

The dire situation uncovered at the Residence Herron has come as little surprise for experts, who point to decades of insufficient funding for senior care — where the work is tough, and the pay rarely above minimum wage.

“We have neglected elderly care for a very long time,” Rejean Hebert, a former Quebec health minister.

Responding to public outrage, Legault has called for health care workers to help feed, wash and tend to elderly residents at long-term care facilities across the province, where the staff shortage is estimated at 2,000 people. He also topped up the pay of care workers.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also Friday dispatched 125 military doctors and medics, requested by Quebec, to help personnel at the homes.


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Drama as delegates heckle DP Ruto during BBI launch 




Delegates heckled Deputy President William Ruto during the launch of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report at the Bomas of Kenya over his remarks on the report

The DP was forced to pause his speech after the delegates started booing him after he appeared to express his dissatisfaction at the Youth leader Trans Nzoia County Alex Matere’s remarks about his wheelbarrow donations.

Ruto said by saying that Kenyans should not adopt 16th-century technology, Matere was referring to the wheelbarrows he has been supplying to Kenyans.

However, Ruto noted that the discussions Kenyans should have is why a 16th-century tool has millions of citizens still dependent on it in the 21st-century.

The DP’s remarks didn’t sit well with most of the delegates, which resulted in them openly expressing their displeasure and forcing him to stop talking.

Mbita Member of Parliament Millie Odhiambo appeared mainly pissed by Ruto’s remarks as he stood and jeering Ruto, drowning his speech.

He went on to ask for a minute to conclude his speech but the crowd couldn’t hear of it as they continued to jeer him after he appeared to hit out at the former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka.

Ruto concluded his speech by calling on leaders to refrain from contests pitting the rich and the poor by quoting former US President Abraham Lincoln.

DP Ruto then proceeded to welcome his boss President Uhuru Kenyatta to make his remarks with the delegates still shouting “respect the president,” as he took his seat.

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga also hit on the DP for engaging in early campaigns instead of supporting the President in delivering the Big-4 Agenda.

Raila said that Kenyans expect to be united for now but not campaigns of who will be the President in 2022 as they will handle that when the time comes.

The ODM Party leader noted that Ruto and President Uhuru Kenyatta should be working as a pair to bring a difference in the country.

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Uhuru maintains Raila is not government




President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday 26 October 2020 made it clear that Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga is not in the government.

Speaking at the Bomas of Kenya during the launch of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report, the Head of State explained that when he decided to come into an agreement with Raila, the mission was to find a way to healing this country.

“When we sat down to talk, something that was very difficult, for him and also for me and my team, very difficult. But when we got through to it and we spoke and we spoke again, we agreed that we are not here to share positions and we should put our various positions aside,” he said.

He mentioned that the two agreed to come together with a common agenda of ensuring that what the people of Kenyan have witnessed in 1992, 2005, 2007, and 2017 Kenyans shall never witness again.

He went on to make it clear that Raila Odinga never made any demands from the government.

“We did not talk about sharing government and as we stand today, he (Raila) is not in government. He is not in government; he never made any demands for the government. He never made any demands for a share of government,” he added.

The President pointed out that Raila Odinga asked for the two opposing sides to come together and fix what has been ailing the country.

He explained that this would allow the country in the future to be able to compete without the need for the innocent Kenyans blood being shed.

He went on to that the ODM leader for showing his patriotism and looking for a solution because he did not have to do it.

Uhuru also gave special thanks to his Deputy William Ruto for being part and parcel of the handshake and making the BBI report.

He revealed the three agreed that they would never talk about elective posts as they aimed to unite Kenyans.

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Corazone Kwamboka calls out Maureen Waititu for allegedly insulting her baby




There seems to be unending drama between lawyer cum socialite Corazon Kwamboka and her boyfriend’s ex Maureen Waititu.

Maureen and her baby daddy Frankie have been on each others neck with Frankie claiming the YouTuber denies him a chance to see his kids.

In her defence, Waititu claimed that Frankie does not support their two kids.

Kwamboma also jumped in and joined in the drama.

She blasted Waititu for insulting her baby because she got him with Frankie.

According to the curvy lawyer, having a baby with Waitutu’s ex is not reason enough for her to insult a young child.

“Only a sick person can insult a baby calling him a name so despicable I can’t even talk just because I had him with their ex.”

Corazon and Frankie started dating shortly after he broke up with Maureen Waititu.

They got their first child months ago.

Kwamboka further accused Waititu of always driving to her house at midnight.

According to Corazon, she was scared since she had not invited Waititu to her place.

Waititu’s behaviour forced Corazon to move out of her house to somewhere she felt safe.

“One day i’ll open my mouth. drove me out of my own house out of fear. I had to leave a house I bought with my own sweat to go into hiding because sister was driving to my house at midnight trying to I don’t know to do what to me!” she said.

The curvaceous lawyer also urged Maureen to live her life and avoid living for others.

“Don’t live for the cheers, you won’t die by their boos. People get too invested in other people’s lives like it pays,” she said.

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