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Family pain as 48 test Covid positive



In a blood curdling narration, Nakuru lawyer Gordon Ogola reveals how his elder brother succumbed to the virus within 24 hours of admission as his 80-year-old mother fought for her life in intensive care. Moses Osoro Ogola (below) will be buried today at his home in God Ngoche village, Migori County

Nakuru lawyer Gordon Ogola.

The plight of one family in Migori County whose 48 members have contracted Covid-19 has brought out the shocking extent to which the pandemic is ravaging communities.

Already, one family member, Moses Osoro Ogola, a former senior official in the Ministry of Devolution succumbed to the disease and is set to be buried today at his home in God Ngoche village in the county.

The family’s plight was laid bare by the deceased’s sibling, Nakuru lawyer Gordon Ogola, in a blood curdling narration on his social media pages.

“Good morning great friends. I want to plead with all of us to spread the gospel of the reality of this pandemic-Covid,” the former Migori County Speaker started.

“The last one or so week has been harrowing to the Ogola family and clan. In a span of seven days we have 48 infections in the family including my 80-year-old mum. She has been struggling in the ICU for the last five days,” he revealed.

“My 61-year-old brother Moses Osoro Ogola succumbed within 24 hours of admission. Every one who surrounded my mother including my step mum, her daughters-in-law, grandchildren, cousins and workers have all tested positive,” he added.

Moses Osoro Ogola.

“As Kagwe repeatedly says; “Let’s not treat this thing normally coz it will treat us abnormally. My worry now is: Is the whole family and village being wiped out? Put us in your prayers,” he concluded.

In an interview with People Daily yesterday, the lawyer narrated how the whole extended family spread across three generations, contracted the disease within one week.

His mother was the first to contract the disease which soon spread within the family. While the old woman was battling for her life in Intensive Care Unit (ICU), his brother, Moses, was infected and died within 24 hours.

“I want the whole world to know the truth; that the pandemic is here with us and it is very dangerous,” said Ogola as he prepared to bury his brother today. According to the family the cortege will leave Mater Hospital, Nairobi, today morning.

The pain and anguish that the Ogola family is going through has laid bare the threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic which is sweeping across the globe like bush fire. “I want to plead with all of us to spread the gospel of the reality of this pandemic,” the lawyer said.

Ogola said their farm workers were not spared as they also tested positive and are all in quarantine.

He added that his biggest worry at the moment is how deep the virus has spread within families and communities in the countryside. Yesterday, Health Chief Administrative Secretary Rashid Aman described the behaviour of Kenyans disregarding the government’s containment measures as a recipe for disaster.

Positive cases

Speaking during the daily Covid-19 briefing yesterday, Aman announced that the number of confirmed positive cases had risen to 23,202 after 605 people tested positive from some 4,547 samples.

Six people succumbed to the disease within the same period bringing the total fatalities to 388.

The Ogola family tragedy comes barely two weeks after the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned that the surge in Covid-19 infections pointed to widespread community transmissions.

In a confidential letter to Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe dated July 22 and signed by WHO representative to Kenya, Dr Rudi Eggers, the global health body warned over the rising infections and deaths from the pandemic, saying it was an indication of widespread community transmissions in several counties.

There have also been fears by medical experts that the infections, especially in the countrywide and informal settlements, could be much higher than captured by the government during its daily briefings, because many go unreported.

In the letter, WHO singled out Kenyan politicians and senior government officials for brazenly flouting health protocols.

The letter was written two days before President Uhuru Kenyatta hosted governors to discuss the counties’ preparedness to handle the pandemic. It warned that gains made by the Kenya government in the fight against the pandemic could be eroded by the conduct of politicians and government officers flouting the regulations.

The government was also criticised over the manner in which it is enforcing the Covod-19 protocols and failure to fully protect health workers.

Eggers urged the government to strictly enforce the way masks are worn by Kenyans, claiming majority of the population was wearing it wrongly. He also called on the government to limit the number of people traveling in public transport vehicles at any one time.

“Reinforce limitations of persons within public transport vehicles, as the close environment and the close personal space within a public service vehicle. The regular sanitising of the interior of the vehicle as well as the provision of hand sanitisers on entering the PSV vehicle mandated by the government must be enforced,” Eggers warned.

Father of four succumbed to Covid-19 24 hours after admission in hospital. He had just retired as director in the Ministry of Devolution.

The cortege leaves Mater Hospital today for burial in the family home in God Ngoche village, Migori County.


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NMS apologises for Pumwani child birth fiasco, takes actions



All the four hospitals in the capital, which are run by the Nairobi County government, will now be manned by officers from the National Police Service to prevent disruption of services.

The Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) announced this on Saturday after making several changes at Pumwani Maternity Hospital following an incident on September 13 in which a woman gave birth at the gate.

In a statement, NMS’ Director of Health Services, Dr Josephine Kibaru-Mbae, explained that the woman was denied entry into the facility.

Dr Kibaru-Mbae noted that the incident took place two days after nurses began a legal go-slow but added that essential services were still being offered.

“The security guard denied the patient access to the premises in a very unfortunate incident [but] a nurse from the maternity ward was notified,” she said, adding the medic rushed to the scene and helped with the delivery and the patient’s admission.


The agency apologised for the incident and said that going forward, officers from the NPS will augment provision of security at the four main county hospitals.

The other three are Mbagathi, Mama Lucy Kibaki and Mutuini.

“We take this opportunity to apologise to all Kenyans and mothers in particular for this unfortunate incident,” Dr Kibaru-Mbae said.

She assured the safety of the mother and child, saying they were both well and were discharged on Friday.

“NMS commends the nurses who quickly assisted the patient,” she said, adding Pumwani’s security team was changed and a customer care desk set up.

“NMS commits to train front office staff in all its facilities,” she added.

This is not the first time Pumwani has been in the limelight for the wrong reasons. Cases of mothers delivering outside the wards as well as those of child theft have been rife at the health facility.


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All about subdural hematoma, condition Nameless’ dad has been suffering from



Kenyan artiste Nameless has revealed that his dad has been ailing from a condition known as Subdural Hematoma in medical terms.

A subdural hematoma is a collection of blood outside the brain. It occurs when there is a head injury.

The bleeding is under the skull and outside the brain, not in the brain itself. As blood pools, however, it puts more pressure on the brain.

In the case of Nameless dad, the condition had led to clots in the head which in turn were causing minor strokes.

Below are things to learn about the condition.

There are different symptoms to Subdural hematoma and some include

  • Confusion
  • Headache
  • Change in behavior
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Lethargy or excessive drowsiness
  • Weakness
  • Apathy
  • Seizures

The symptoms in subdural hematoma patients are not standard, it varies from one patient to another.

The conditions that influence the symptoms one has when battling subdural hematoma include

  • The size of the hematoma
  • Age of the patient
  • Other underlying medical conditions

Hematoma is majorly caused by a head injury, such as from a fall, motor vehicle collision, or an assault.

The sudden blow to the head tears blood vessels that run along the surface of the brain.

A subdural hematoma can be diagnosed using imaging tests, such as a CT or MRI scan.

Your doctor may also give you a physical examination to check your heart rate and blood pressure for evidence of internal bleeding.

An acute subdural hematoma can only be treated in an operating room.

A surgical procedure called a craniotomy may be used to remove a large subdural hematoma.

It’s normally used to treat acute subdural hematomas. In this procedure, your surgeon removes a part of your skull in order to access the clot or hematoma.

They then use suction and irrigation to remove it.

Results of hematoma may include

  • brain herniation, which puts pressure on your brain and can cause a coma or death
  • seizures
  • permanent muscle weakness or numbness.


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Couple’s triumph after testing positive



At the beginning of July this year, Geoffrey Alemba, a protocol officer in an international organisation in Nairobi was suffering from severe fever. He did not think much of it, hence he suffered through it for two more nights before seeking treatment on July 3 upon his wife, Sylvie’s insistence. The tests showed he had an acute bacterial infection. He was put on medication and went back home. By Monday July 5, the symptoms worsened , with a backache setting in.

When he began exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms such as nausea and dry throat he decided to seek treatment on July 8, with Sylvie offering to drive him to the hospital. His wife stayed with him as the doctors conducted a battery of tests, ranging from CT Scans to blood tests.

The last test was the nose swab whose results were expected to come out in 24 hours. Geoffrey was admitted and put on isolation, while Sylvie drove home, only to be arrested on her way there for staying out past curfew hours. After a tense twenty- four hours wait, Geoffrey was diagnosed positive.

Death sentence

“I remember breaking down after receiving the diagnosis. All I could remember immediately the doctor stepped out was the constant mention of death and Covid-19 in the same breath. It felt like a death sentence,” Geoffrey explains.

Geoffrey was also in shock as he had been careful both at work and at home. He was the guy who would always have a mask on, and was a vocal advocate for social distancing measures, putting on masks, hand washing and using sanitisers.

He called his wife immediately after his diagnosis and urged her to get tested. Sylvie tested positive, but with no symptoms.

After two days, his symptoms worsened, which necessitated him to be put on oxygen for four days. His doctor told him he was being treated for pneumonia and was put on drip for 10 of the 12 days he was admitted due to loss of appetite.

His body responded well to treatment and he stabilised enough for the second Covid test to be done before being released from hospital. The test came out positive and they opted for home-based care.

Sylvie had to prove that their home was fit to accommodate an ailing patient without posing a risk to other people, as per the Ministry of Health home care guidelines.


Sylvie rearranged their second bedroom and bathroom into his quarantine quarters, bought paper plates and cups to prevent cross infection and he was discharged armed with multi-vitamins and an inhaler.

“First of all, if it wasn’t for God, it would have been worse. I thank him for life and for Sylvie. Sylvie has been supportive. She would cook for me masked and wearing gloves, place the food and drinks for me in disposable plates and cups, and gave me emotional support via phone through it all,” Geoffrey enthuses.

Geoffrey just finished using his inhaler two weeks ago, though he is still on multivitamins for an immunity boost. Four tests later, he has tested negative twice and is back to work. After five tests, his wife is also negative and back to work too.

“People at the office have been supportive. I cannot say I have been stigmatised on that end. Our landlord and neighbours have also been kind and supportive. Of course, there is that fear that you can almost feel emanating from friends. There is also this one incident which I find more hilarious than hurtful. I had parked my car in a place where the guard knows me. He came to check the car and on seeing me, quickly pulled up his mask, which had been lying on his chin and took off without a word,” he further elaborates.

Alemba is still a passionate advocate for people to practice the MOH guidelines for Covid-19 prevention. He is testament to the fact that Covid is real; he has a sizeable dent in his finances to show for it. He talks of the need to care for others as one can be asymptomatic and easily spread it to others. He talks with reverence of the doctors and nurses who walked him to recovery.

“Seeing the nurses sweating and still smiling in their PPEs as they took care of us was quite humbling. One nurse told us of how the neighbour’s children run away from her whenever they spot her since they know she works with Covid patients.

“Knowing that there are all these people who stand between the ailing and certain death is quite sobering. If for no other reason, they should inspire you to be better just so you do not unnecessarily risk their lives. This whole experience has made me be want to be kinder and to be gentle towards other people and their experiences. You never know what someone has gone through. Even when they share it, you may not grasp its full depth or breadth,” he concludes.


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