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Pupil, 10, excites public with song on coronavirus

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A Class Six pupil has become a national sensation after she composed a song on coronavirus.

Ten-year-old Salome Wairimu captures the effects of the pandemic in her song ‘Janga la Korona.’ The song borrows the tone of the freedom song, Wimbo Wa Historia.

“I wrote the song as a composition now that we are at home after the schools were closed indefinitely following the first case of the disease in Kenya. But when my parents went through it, they were mesmerised by the message and asked me to compose a song instead,” she said.

She explains that the current crisis in the world inspired her to write the song.Closed indefinitely “March 15 will forever be etched on the minds of learners when President Uhuru Kenyatta announced all schools will be closed indefinitely. This is what disturbed me because just like other learners, I feel my dream of becoming a doctor will be shattered by the disease,” she states.

Wairimu, who is a pupil at Segero Adventist Primary School, believes that if global citizens adhere to health guidelines we will beat the disease. We find her doing house chores at their home in Rehema Estate, Cheplaskei, Uasin Gishu.

“It pains my heart when people flout the safety measures aimed at flattening the disease curve. In my song I am pleading with all and sundry to ensure we play our part in fighting the disease,” she says.

The song, written in Kiswahili, gives a background of the outbreak of the disease in Wuhan, China, in December last year, before it spread globally. It goes on to say how Kenyans reacted when the first case was reported and the conduct of leaders and locals in efforts to beat the disease.

“In the song I have encouraged President Kenyatta to soldier on and give the country direction to enable us fight the disease while at the same asking all to play their part since no one is safe,” she notes. Her mother, Esther Wanjiru, says she noticed her last born daughter’s passion for music when she was three-years-old.

“Of all my five children, Wairumu has grown demonstrating unique courage, grasp for detail and is a keen listener. When she was three, she started singing in church at the altar, which had never been witnessed before and her songs were uplifting,” she recalls.

Ms Wanjiru ensures she does school work as directed by the Ministry of Education. “On that particular day she wrote a composition about coronavirus and after going through it I was captivated by the message,” she says.

Local studio

The mother asked her to compose a song out of the composition.

“When she sang it I was impressed and asked her to accompany me to a local studio that records music for the church. It was not meant for online distribution but for record keeping about the disease,” she says.

Wairumu’s brother who is in Nairobi shared the song with a local radio station before it went viral. Wanjiru discloses that Wairimu leads other children in songs in school and church and during holidays they entertain guests during rallies and on national holidays.

Francis Njoroge, an artiste, promises to ensure that the pupil is enlisted with the Music Copyright Society of Kenya to enjoy the privileges.

By Standard.co.ke


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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.

By NN


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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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MP’s battle with Covid-19 at home

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On November 2, Nakuru Town West MP Samuel Arama drove to Naivasha to attend the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) meeting.

Earlier, Mr Arama had taken a Covid-19 test at a health facility in Nakuru after he experienced chills at night.

However, on arrival at the hotel where he was to spend the night, he started experiencing chills again and developed fever, pain in the joints and nausea.

Soon he started experiencing shortness of breath.

He informed his colleagues that he was feeling unwell, and they quickly planned to take him to Nairobi for treatment.

Not able to walk

“When I booked into my room, my body temperature was high and I had chills. It was at that time that I received a phone call from health officials that I had tested positive for Covid-19. I had gone for the test before travelling to Naivasha,” he recalled.

But when he informed the department of health about his plan to travel to Nairobi for treatment, he was counselled and advised by the County Chief Officer of Public Health Samuel King’ori to self-isolate in his house where he would be monitored by medics.

Inside an isolation room in his house, he was put on supplemental oxygen and fed through tubes, with doctors examining him in the morning, afternoon and at night.

“For the past several weeks, I have kept off the public because I was not able to walk, talk or eat after being diagnosed with Covid-19,” said Arama.

After 15 days, he began to feed normally and later tested negative for coronavirus.

“God has been merciful to me. Gasping for air and feeding through tubes was the most trying moment in my life. Actually, this was my first time to feed through tubes and get oxygen support,” he said.

The MP plans to work with community health volunteers, the police and youth to sensitise locals on Covid-19 preventive measures.

He wants to buy at least 20,000 masks to distribute to the needy through local administrators and nyumba kumi members.

Prior to being diagnosed with Covid-19, Arama used to hold a meeting with constituents.

Initially, he used to criticise police whenever they arrested people for contravening Covid-19 protocols.

“At times I would rush to the police station whenever I heard that someone had been arrested, but now I support the police to fully enforce the set containment measures. It is through discipline that we will save the society,” he said.

He said during meetings with constituents he never thought he would contract the virus.

“I take this opportunity to thank God for giving me this second chance to serve Him and the people of Nakuru Town West,” he said.

His message to the public is to wear masks, wash hands with soap and water and avoid crowds.

“We need everyone to put on masks, wash hands with soap and water and avoid gatherings. This is the only way to contain the spread of this virus,” said the MP.

Dedication and courage

Arama applauded health workers in Nakuru, for their dedication and courage in the fight against Covid-19.

“I can confirm to you that Nakuru County has the best health facilities, equipment and qualified medical personnel. I spent two weeks on oxygen support machine, intensive treatment and consistent checkups,” he said.

Health records indicate that the attack rate in Nakuru is 169.2 out of 100,000 population, with a case fatality of 2.2 per cent.

Although the MP was reluctant to reveal the cost of his treatment, a source at the local department of health told The Standard he incurred a bill of Sh51,684 per day because he required supplemental oxygen and his condition was critical.

By Standardmedia.co.ke


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