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Kenyan nurse in the US beats corona, returns to battlefront

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He got infected with the coronavirus disease while taking care of patients and was down for a week, but he is now back on duty to help critically ill patients fight Covid-19.

Elon Wameyo, a Kenyan nurse in Michigan State, is among medics whose dedication is driving up the number of recoveries from the virus to the one million-mark.

Mr Wameyo, 45, works as an ICU nurse at Sinai-Grace Hospital.When he started sweating profusely, feeling dizzy and having weakness in his joints, he panicked and called his physician.

“Ordinarily, I would have gone to meet my doctor face to face for the check-up as we chat, but physical contact has become a thing of the past with the virus around,” he says.

Temperature was high

The doctor at Detroit Medical Center (DMC) asked him to immediately go for a check-up. It was April 8, and his body temperature was 39.6 degrees Celsius.

“My medical instinct forced me to start taking medication to bring down the temperature, which was too high,” says Wameyo.

“It was likely I had contracted the virus.”The following morning, he was holed up in his car in the now characteristic long queues of vehicles at the State Fair Park, which was converted into a coronavirus testing centre.

A medic came around and signalled him to roll down the window.“He inserting a long cotton-tipped swab through my nostrils all the way to the nasal sinuses extracted and packed the sample,” he says.

“It is a very excruciating and uncomfortable test.”After five days, on April 14, David Williams, the medic who tested him, delivered the results.“Presumptive positive for Covid-19,” states Dr Williams in his report posted on Wameyo’s patient medical portal.“I did not panic. All along I knew that, like a soldier at the war frontline, a bullet could hit me,” says Wameyo. “A patient probably infected me.”

He explains that Sinai-Grace Hospital had literally turned into a battlefield, with medical workers fighting day and night to save Covid-19 patients.

The hospital, like many in the coronavirus hotspot US, which has more than 56,000 Covid-19-related deaths, stopped elective surgeries and converted ICU beds to serve Covid-19 cases alone.

“From when I tested, my boss allowed me to be off duty and when I told him I was positive, he gave me more off days to get medication,” he tells The Standard in a video call.“I equally called my sister Amboka, who is in Canada, and broke the normal news to her,” he says. “She was speechless.”

Normal news?

“Yes, my brother, this thing (coronavirus) is normal up here. We are at the epicentre of it.”He also broke the news to his daughter, Nicole Amboka, who is 17.

“She would prepare my favourite soup, package it and place it at the doorstep of my room and then leave,” he says. “After alerting me she had left, I would pick the meal, eat it and then return the utensils to the doorstep.”Wameyo had maintained physical distance in the house immediately his temperature rose. He stayed in his bedroom while his daughter occupied the rest of the house.

The two communicated through phone.His family formed a WhatsApp group, The Wameyos, to check on their brother and encouraged him to fight on.

“I then continued with medication, which I started immediately my conscience told me I had the virus. I took Tylenol tablets and Gatorade fluid to replaces electrolytes because I was sweating a lot,” he says.

After about a week of medication, the son of Kenya’s late assistant minister and one of the earliest African gynaecologists, Elon Willis Wameyo, started feeling better.He drove to Sinai-Grace Hospital for screening.

“Phew, the result was negative.”Wameyo broke the news of his recovery on his Facebook page: “It feels good to be back in these trenches with my fellow soldiers after testing positive …. I took some time off to rest, medicate myself and hydrate.

It’s a horrible disease, but I beat it, and now let me help those who can’t help themselves.”The nurse says he was not the only medical worker infected.“A doctor and three nurses were also infected with the virus, treated and discharged,” he says. “We are now working with them after they recovered.”

Challenges

He encourages health workers in Kenya to work wholeheartedly.“In the US, we also have challenges with protective gear. We repeat PPE overalls, a thing we were taught in school should be worn only once,” he says.“I read somewhere on a Kenyan blog that health workers ran from a coronavirus patient. I hope that was not true. Let my brothers and sisters fight this flu from the heart.

”Wameyo holds a bachelor of education degree from Moi University, Eldoret. He graduated in 1995 and taught at Aga Khan High School, Mombasa, from 1996 to 1997.He later moved to Tanzania and taught at St Mary’s International School in Dar es Salaam, before going to the US in 1999 where he switched to nursing after a short stint of teaching at Dr Martin Luther King Jr High School.

He studied at Oakland University, Michigan, from 2008 to 2012, and graduated with a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing after which he joined Sinai-Grace Hospital.

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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.

“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.

By Ghafla.com


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REVEALED: How three teenage sisters were impregnated by a shamba boy – police

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Police in Tana River county in Kenya are looking for a shamba boy  (gardener) who fled after allegedly  impregnating all three of his employer’s underage daughters at around the same period.

The girls said the man would often lure them to their farm where he would sexually defile them. One of the sisters confessed to sneaking into the gardener’s room at night.

“I did not know he was having affair with my sisters as well because we didn’t share that part of our lives with each other, as we didn’t trust each other with secrets,” one of the teenagers told Daily Nation.

The further divulged that the man would entice them with gifts such as money and clothes.

“He used to give me pocket money and would sometimes buy me clothes. He was so nice to me. I did not know he was doing the same to my sisters,” another girl said.

Each of the three sisters gave birth to a set of twins at a Garissa hospital on Saturday through a Cesarean Section.

All the three are Class Eight learners and are expected to sit for their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination in March next year.

On her part, the girls’ mother said she noticed her daughters had new sets of underpants but she did not suspect something was going on between them and the gardener.

“I noticed some funny set of underwear which caught my attention. But my last-born daughter kept saying she had bought them with her pocket money,” the mother explained.

“What I did not understand was why she chose that funny type of underwear,” she said.

She learned of the gardener’s affair with her daughters after she stumbled upon a message on one of the girls’ phone informing the man of the pregnancy.

She then discovered the two were planning to get rid of the pregnancy, prompting her to ambush all her daughters with a pregnancy test the following morning. Two of the girls admitted they were pregnant before the tests.

The shamba boy is said to have fled after learning that the three sisters were all pregnant with his children. Police are still looking for him.

The first-born daughter was expecting triplets but she could only deliver two children safely and without complications.

“They all had slim chances of survival, and that is why we looked for a specialist. But for the girl with the triplets to come out alive, we had to agree with the mother to choose between her daughter and the third infant,” a doctor said.

The three were discharged from the hospital following the operations and are recuperating at home.

 


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Ciru Muriuki in mourning again, just months after losing her dad

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The loss of a loved one is a feeling one can never put into words. But losing another person so close to your heart, becomes a tall order.

July 2020, BBC journalist, Angela Wanjiru wa Muriuki alias Ciru Muriuki lost her dad to COVID-19. A man she dearly honored, loved and cherished.

A man she still misses more than words can say; a man who would have turned 72 years on October 10, were he still alive.

Pain and agony that she wonders how long it will last.

Amid COVID-19 and strict health measures put in place, her dads send-off left a different mark in her life.

“Heh. Losing a father. Nothing prepares you for the pain. Nothing. I wonder if I’ll feel this agony forever. My father’s funeral was the worst experience of our lives.”

Remember, Ciru also contracted the virus and had to mourn her late dad in almost complete solitude.

I cannot think of anything worse,” she tweeted.

Another loss

It has been barely 4 months that the celebrated media personality was allowed to mourn her loss, and death has stricken once more.

Taking to her Twitter, the broadcast journalist mourned the loss of a beloved mother, a grand mum and an aunt – her fathers sister.

Messages of condolences continue to flow in from fellow personalities, friends and fans as they comfort a dear Ciru, having to bear 2 consecutive losses amid a pandemic.

May their souls rest in eternal peace!

By Ghafla.com


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