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A nominated MCA is now working as a volunteer nurse, having gone back to her career in a bid to help in the management of the coronavirus.

Anne Thumbi, who practised nursing before joining politics, decided to volunteer at Waithaka Health Centre in Nairobi after the government said it needed more health workers in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

“I felt that the county is bigger than me. I couldn’t just stay at home knowing so well I’m skilled and there is so much I can offer in this pandemic time,” she told the Sunday Nation.

She is now raising awareness on safety and precautionary measures that pregnant and lactating mothers should observe to prevent Covid-19 The nominated MCA who practised nursing for several years now reports to Waithaka Medical Centre every day at 8am.

“The reason why I chose to work in Dagoretti South is that it is a rural- urban centre with a high population of the elderly who are at high risk. There are also misconceptions about the coronavirus with people assuming that the disease is only for people who are in Nairobi,” she said.

She holds information forums with pregnant and lactating mothers.

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“I show them how to wear and dispose of masks and how to use sanitisers for mothers with newborns. We also talk about protecting babies from contacting coronavirus,”.

According to Ms Thumbi, pregnant women require a unique mask so that they don’t suffocate.

Her day at the hospital ends at 4pm, and she heads home to spend time with her son. Besides giving a hand at the hospital, the MCA is also said to be involved in the occasional donation of food and sanitary towels during this time.

In April 2020, the Ministry of Health directed all governors to hire 5,000 skilled health workers to help battle the new coronavirus.

All level four to six hospitals have also been directed to hire an additional 1,000 health workers with the rate of infection in the country set to grow.

“We have advertised these jobs, and we urge applicants to complete the process by Wednesday next week,” CS Kagwe said then.

Kenya’s Covid-19 cases have been growing steadily as the number now stands at 262. But numbers are expected to rise as the country gears up for mass testing.

In the county assembly, Ms Thumbi has shown her commitment to the health sector as she sponsored a bill on the Regulation of Private

Born in a family of eight, she joined the Kenya Medical Training College in Nairobi immediately after completing her secondary education.

“I am from a large family of seven sisters and a brother. My brother is a priest.

Growing up with all of them around made my childhood memorable. Memories I cherish to date,” Anita said.

In her career as a nurse, she worked at the Aga Khan Hospital, the Nairobi Hospital, and Kiambu Hospital.

The mother of one joined politics in 2013 and vied for Members of the County Assembly for the Woodley Kenyatta Golf Course ward under the TNA ticket but lost.

Immediately after the election, she went back to her nursing career until 2017 when she joined Warembo na Uhuru.

She was elected as the national mobiliser and the Nairobi chairperson of the group.

“When I lost, I went back to my nursing career, but I kept close contact with those I interacted with during the campaign. I have always wanted to join politics, so I knew I would vie again. In 2017 I decided not to vie but work closely with the party.

As part of Warembo Na Uhuru, I moved around the county campaigning and mobilising for all the Jubilee candidates.

After the election, I was nominated by the Jubilee party to the Nairobi County Assembly.

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Ms Thumbi has a son with the late Kibra MP Ken Okoth. A DNA test that was done on her son showed that Mr Okoth was his father, ending a dispute that has arose following the death of the legislator in July, 2019.

Ms Thumbi looks up to Martha Karua as her role model in politics.

“I love her style of leadership, she is fearless and she is principled” she said.

In terms of her political aspiration, the nominated MCA said, “I want to concentrate on furthering my studies and I have few bills I’m working on when we go back to the assembly”.

BY Sunday Nation


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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.

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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.

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

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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.

By Ghafla.com


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