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How my baby and I defeated Covid-19 far away from home

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Lavender Ochar  walked into a testing centre in Oslo, Norway, on March 31 to check on her Covid-19 status after she developed a sore throat and blocked nose. She had also lost her sense of taste and smell.It turned out positive.The 38-year-old civil servant from Uyoma Katwengá in Siaya

County narrates how she and her son battled the viral disease that is causing global panic, and why the world needs to join hands to fight the growing stigma associated with contracting it.

How are you feeling now, and have you been given the all-clear to resume normal life?

I am feeling better. After not showing Covid-19 symptoms for seven days, I have been given the green light to resume normal life, and since I work in the health sector, my boss also assured me that there was no need for a retest.

When did you know that you needed a medical check-up?

I developed a sore throat and also had a blocked nose, but no fever. Earlier, I had lost my sense of taste. I was just eating to get by and get energy to take care of my toddler son. I also felt very tired, but since I was moving houses at the end of March, I attributed this to fatigue.I also lost my sense of smell, which I linked to the blocked nose. At one point I could not even smell my son’s soiled diapers.

Maybe I had a fever which I did not notice since I was constantly on painkillers to cure a toothache I had developed at just about the same time.Occasionally, I woke up all sweaty at night, but I associated this with using heavy bedding.None of these early symptoms rang a bell until I got a sore throat.

How comfortable or otherwise is a Covid-19 test, and how long does it take in Norway?

The testing is gruesome, in my opinion. I was swabbed deep down my throat near the tonsils and furthest into my nasal passage. I also got tested for several other ailments besides Covid-19.The samples were taken to a certified lab and I received my results 24 hours later.

Do you know when or where you contracted the virus?

I don’t know. I followed all the rules: I washed my hands, kept social distance and did not touch my face. But even when we take extra precautions, loopholes exist everywhere, such as when you walk into a supermarket and touch the door oblivious of who else has touched it and whether they were sick.I have no idea where I picked the virus from.

Were all your close contacts traced?

Yes, and they were all put in quarantine.

What happens in Norway during the home quarantine period?

Home quarantine takes 14 days and is intended for people who do not show symptoms of Covid-19, even after coming into contact with a patient. When you are put under home isolation, public health officials make daily calls to check on your progress. The whole idea is to monitor progress and manage any complications or new symptoms.

You have a baby; was he also put under quarantine?

My baby and I were actually put on home isolation. There is a slight difference. In Norway, those who test positive for Covid-19 must stay in isolation at home, which means they cannot leave the house for any reason whatsoever. Those who are put under quarantine enjoy some freedom, such as taking walks and going to the shop while observing social distancing. They, however, cannot go to work or school or use public transport.

Sick, put under home isolation and being a mother to a toddler, how did you manage?

Maintaining a two-metre social distance with a toddler who likes to cuddle was extremely difficult. Moreover, my son could not understand why I was avoiding him.Luckily for him, there were no major symptoms except for a mild runny nose. He was not tested either. He survived by the grace of God.

After receiving the test results, did you inform family or friends, and how did they take the news that you had Covid-19?

After receiving the results, I gave out names of my close contacts including my two friends.I remember breaking the news to my closest friend. Her reaction made me vow to fight it out alone. Besides, I did not want to throw a pity party.

While Covid-19 is a serious health issue, the world has also seen the worst of scaremongers and peddlers of fake news. Were you ever scared for your life?

I was a little scared, but I was prepared to fight for the sake of my son. On the flip side, I felt alone and really wished to be home where I would be well taken care of.Describe your road to recovery.From the day of testing, my symptoms dragged on for about seven days. There is no treatment for Covid-19.In Norway, patients put in isolation are advised to manage their symptoms with paracetamol.

Nasal drops worked for my blocked nose.I was not on any special nutrition, but I stocked up on ginger, honey and lemon to relieve the symptoms.When you are put under home isolation, public health officials make daily calls to check on progress. Based on how I was progressing, I stopped the calls on the third day and told the health officials I would call them instead if need be.Following the Norwegian Covid-19 health regulations, they checked on me again on the seventh day.

Covid-19 has no doubt hit the world hard and lives have been lost. As someone who has fought the virus, what lessons have you picked from this experience?

Covid-19 takes all forms and shapes. Some patients show mild symptoms while others may need intensive care. Be extra cautious with the ones you interact with because they may not show any symptoms.Also, check on your friends and family.  Don’t forget to take care of the vulnerable, especially those with pre-existing medical conditions and the elderly.

Kenya’s Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has been pleading with Kenyans take extra caution in the fight against Covid-19, what message do you have for Kenyans?

Covid-19 is real! I got it. Kenyans need to wake up; our facilities cannot accommodate large numbers of the critically ill. We need to flatten the Covid-19 curve so that we do not have to worry about our loved ones.We can prove statistics wrong. We are Kenyans and together we must fight the virus by flattening the curve.

There are reports that Africans are facing attacks and stigma in China over Covid-19, what would you tell the world?

That this infection is beyond our control; anyone can get Covid-19 from anywhere. Let us not stigmatise people who have tested positive.Finally, please stay at home.

By Standard.co.ke


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Man whose son died at concert asks police to arrest his killers

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Earlier this month, when Geoffrey Gikonyo began the search for his missing son, 17-year-old Stephen Munga, he prayed and hoped that they would find him alive and safe.

But this was not to be.

On November 12, the family’s search for Shanty, as Stephen’s friends fondly called him, led them to the City Mortuary in Nairobi.

Munga said that they were shocked to stumble upon Shanty’s battered body, a heartbreaking indicator that their last child and only son had died a painful death.

“His body seemed okay from the neck down but his head had a lot of injuries.

“It felt mushy when I touched it and one of his eyes had been perforated.

Stephen Munga aka Shanty

“I know my son died in a lot of pain,” Munga said.

In a desperate search for answers, Munga sought an explanation from the mortuary workers how his body ended up there.

“They told us that Shanty was beaten up by unknown people at the event, Nai Fest, held at Ngong Racecourse,”  Munga recounted.

A post-mortem showed that Shanty had died of severe head injuries. His family, which struggling to come to terms with his murder, says nothing was out of the ordinary when Shanty left home earlier that day.

Munga said together with his wife, they granted Shanty permission to go spend time with his friends since he had consistently demonstrated he was a responsible young man.

He left home on the afternoon of Saturday, November 7, and this was the last they saw him alive.

Filled with teenagers

This was not the first time Shanty went out with his friends and would always return home on time, his father said.

This time, he failed to return home two nights in a row, something he had never done before.

It is still not clear how the 17-year-old Form Three student gained entry to Nai Fest, a music event meant for adults. But what is certain is that on November 7, the day of the concert and the day Shanty died, he was last seen alive at the event.

However, witnesses claimed that the event organisers knowingly admitted teenagers as IDs were not a requirement to be allowed in.

“The event was filled with teenagers. People were being attacked and molested.

“There weren’t any police officers at the gate,” Dennis Mbugua, who attended the event between told the Saturday Standard.

Other witnesses corroborated Mbugua’s claim said the event not only admitted teenagers but also sold them alcohol.

Revelations by the concertgoers, both through social media posts and interviews, painted the gory picture of a concert characterised by drug use, violence and outright disregard of Covid-19 safety measures.

Witnesses questioned by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) officers at the Kabete Police Station where Shanty’s case is being handled said they saw him at the event.

One of the witnesses, Maria Njeri, told Saturday Standard that she saw Shanty being beaten earlier during the event only to stumble on his battered body on the ground on her way out of the venue.

“Around 8.30 pm, bouncers pulled Shanty from the crowd. One of them held his hands.

“I don’t know what happened after that but two people followed them outside, one of them in tears,” Njeri recalled the events leading up to Shanty’s death.

She said when the duo returned where they were seated, she heard one of them say, “I hope they won’t hurt him.”

Njeri and her friends found Shanty’s body at around 9.40pm, just over an hour after he had been dragged out of the concert.

She recalled police officers arriving at the scene and ordering them to leave.

Later that evening, Njeri shared information about Shanty’s death on social media.

Last week, a video emerged of two men violently pounding and kicking Shanty while dragging him outside a tent at the venue.

The police are yet to arrest any suspects in relation to Shanty’s death.

Bridget Achieng, the event organiser denied that Shanty died at Nai Fest saying they found him injured backstage and rushed him to hospital.

DCI officers said they have commenced investigations into Shanty’s death after witnesses recorded statements on Wednesday.

Singers Francis Amisi (Frasha) and Hubert Nakitare, also known as Nonini joined Shanty’s family in seeking answers over his death.

By Standardmedia.co.ke


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Cry of a Kenyan man whose Multi-Million-Shilling Apartments have gone unoccupied for 4 Years

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A landlord in Kenya has been left counting losses after his real estate retirement plan goes down the drain.

85-year-old David Ndolo from Kitengela told the media that he had lost more than Ksh10 million in rent after his multimillion apartment block stayed unoccupied for 4 years.

Ndolo says he built the multi-million-shilling property in Kitengela, Kajiado County through his pension savings. Its construction was completed in 2014.

The building consists of five bedsitters and 19 two-bedroom houses, which should earn him a total of Sh250,000 per month.

“I have watched helplessly as my retirement investment crumbles,” he lamented.

According to neighbors, his tenants started fleeing due to sewer water suspected to be coming from an adjacent building linked to a retired government official.

Ndolo’s troubles began in 2014 when over 200 tenants occupied the adjacent building and sewer water started seeping into his apartments.

He says he reported the matter to the National Environmental Management Authority and public health officials but the authorities closed the building instead.

His daughter Roselyn Ndolo said that officials ordered the closure citing that the apartments were a health hazard.

When contacted by journalists, Kitengela Public Health Officer Benard Kiluva stated that he did not have enough information on the matter since he was recently posted to the area.

Kajiado NEMA Director Joseph Kopejo promised to visit the site to probe the matter.

Government officials say Many landlords in the country have been contravening these provisions by either discharging untreated effluent into a public sewer or discharging it into the environment without an effluent discharge license.

“According to Kenyan law, it is illegal for  any person from discharging any effluent from sewer treatment works, industry or other sources into the environment without a valid effluent discharge license issued by the authority,” said a NEMA official.

 


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VIDEO: Kenyans in Diaspora reject BBI report, referendum

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A lobby for Kenyans  in the diaspora is urging voters to reject the  Building Bridges Initiative report in the  referendum being championed by President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga.

According to Commonwealth Voter Privileges Right Association (COVPRA) the report is being imposed on Kenyans after the views of  certain groups and  elected leaders views were rejected..

Uhuru and Raila have rejected amendments to the final report saying those opposing it had time to give their views to the fourteen member committee they appointment.

 

The lobby avers that the recommendations in the final report do not represent the position of all Kenyans and a contested referendum would divide Kenyans.

“Kenyans should reject the BBI report. It is two man initiative that is being imposed on the people. The clergy have rejected it, several groups have rejected it. It’s not a Wanjiku Initiative. A few people and their surrogates want to change the Constitution for their personal gain,” Mr David Kimengere Waititu, the association’s Organising secretary told the Nation.

“It would have been  necessary to allow debate on all the issues that  arose in the final report  before coming  up with a bill. Kenyans are being taken for a ride,”  he said.

In June the group petitioned the committee  led by Garissa senator Yusuf Hajji to allow views from all dissenting voices saying all Kenyans should be allowed to participate.

“Freedom to Assembly, Freedom of expression and Freedom to political participation are so important in a  process like this one. It would be a sham  if the BBI Team was to ignore the views of some Kenyans. During the  meetings to sensitize the public on the initiative,” Kimengere said.

Leaders allied to Deputy President William Ruto and civil society are opposed to some of the proposals in the final report.

The group says a contested referendum would leave the country divided.

“We do not want a process that would leave Kenyans more divided. Let all Kenyans reject this report in a referendum to save their country from a few people who think they own Kenya.  We in Covpra, have our motherland at heart,” he said.

 Covpra said that the future of Kenya lies in the hands of the hollo polloi and not it’s leaders.

“ We call upon the Kenyans poor not to buy to the schemes of the dynasties. Let us protect our country by rejecting this monster called BBI if it goes to the referendum.

The group said in a statement that Kenyans should reject plots by politician to engage in chaos.

“At the end, this might result to   a badly contested referendum and  create a poisoned society ahead of the 2022 general elections. Let’s refuse any incitement to violence and stand up against the dynasties to shape the future of Kenya,” he says.

In their June petition, the group cited the strained relations between the Executive and the Judiciary and the fall out in the ruling Jubilee party over the process as a matter of concern.

“Our position stands that there is no proposal  to fix the simmering tensions between the two arms of government and between the two leaders of the Executive,” Mr Kimengere stated.

-nation.co.ke


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