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Kenya loses senior surgeon Daniel Alushula to COVID-19

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The Kenyan medical fraternity has lost another doctor Daniel Alushula to COVID-19.

According to the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU), Dr. Alushula  worked as a senior surgeon in Busia County.

“The medical profession is mourning the death of a Senior Orthopedic Surgeon Dr Daniel Alushula due to COVID-19 complications. The deceased was working at Busia County Referral Hospital,” KMPDU said on Twitter.

He is also said to have been offering health services at his private facility in Kakamega.

Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya said the death of Dr lushula has robbed Kenyans of a renowned Orthopedic surgeon whose medical services have saved many lives.

Oparanya mourned the surgeon as a competent, diligent & humble doctor who devoted his life to saving lives and serving people.

Former KMPDU Chair Dr. Ouma Oluga said: “You did your work on earth with passion. Going beyond the call of duty to treat trauma and orthopedic patients with dedication. You actively participated in our quest to reform the system. We shall miss you. Deep condolences to your family and fraternity.”

Bernard Chitunga said the death of Dr Daniel Alushula has robbed his hometown of Kakamega a renowned Orthopedic surgeon.

One Beatrice Mugure said: “Met him briefly in 2015 while at Alupe. Industrious surgeon and involved unionist” while Kiptoo Wanjala said he touched the lives of us at Busia KMTC too.

Dr. Thuranira Kaugiria, the secretary general of KMPDU’s Nairobi branch, said: “Such a sad day for doctors. We have lost another senior doctor to COVID-19 today. I am done. It is not okay when @NMS_Kenya deny doctors a medical cover and result to issuing show cause letters.”

Kenya lost its first doctor to COVID-19 in July; Dr. Doreen Adisa Lugaliki died four days after being admitted to hospital.

Another doctor, Dr. Yussuf Abdi who worked as a senior public health officer in Wajir County succumbed to COVID-19 during the same month.

In early August, a nurse in Homabay also passed away after battling coronavirus in an Intensive Care Unit.

Dr. Ndambuki Mboloi, a senior pulmonologist, passed away on August 13.

According to KMPDU, the political leadership of the country is failing health care workers on the fight against COVID-19.

“Frontline Healthcare workers are undergoing immense suffering just to access healthcare services, non- remittance of deducted NHIF dues is rampant in most counties,” said Dr. Chibanzi Mwachonda, KMPDU Acting Secretary General.

by Citizen Digital


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The Rate at Which Kenyan Teens Are Consuming Alcohol is Alarming!

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Even though the Alcoholic Drinks Control Act (2013) clearly states that; “No person holding a licence to manufacture, store or consume alcoholic drinks under this Act shall allow a person under the age of eighteen years to enter or gain access to the area in which the alcoholic drink is manufactured, stored or consumed,” a recent study shows that young people start consuming alcohol between the age 12 – 16 years. A bigger percentage of them receive their first drink from their friends, relatives and even parents.

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But who cares? The bar owners need money, and young people want to have fun.

44.9% of them drink on special occasions, 32.9% on school holidays, 6.6% 2-3 times a week, 5.1% daily, 5.1% once a month, 3.3% every two weeks and 2.9% once a week.

BOY SCHOOLS ACCOUNT FOR THE HIGHEST UNDERAGE ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION WHILE THE HABIT TENDS TO BE ALMOST EVENLY SKEWED BETWEEN THOSE THAT RECEIVE >3000 & <500 PER TERM AS POCKET MONEY. MINORS FROM SINGLE PARENT AND GRANDPARENT-LED FAMILIES ARE MORE LIKELY TO ENGAGE IN UNDERAGE CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL
Courtesy NACADA/ Ipsos

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Kenyans Woman Spikes Lover’s Drink, Transfers Sh1.7mn From His Bank Account – police

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A woman has been arrested in the Kenyan coast after spiking his drink, and stealing Sh1.7 million from his bank account.

24-year-old Beatrice Mueni Mbiu had been on the run since September 8 when the incident occurred at a night club in Nyali, Kwale County.

“She took off alongside her two accomplices but we got her,” a DCI detective told Capital FM News, “she will be charged on Monday even as we seek the other two.”

The detective said the suspect had been positively identified by the victim.

According to police, the woman first spiked the man’s drink then stole his phone which she used to transfer Sh1.7 million from his bank account.

Detectives said they relied on the club’s CCTV images and footage to identify and trace the suspect.

Drink-spiking is common in night clubs frequented by commercial sex workers in major towns including Nairobi and Mombasa where they target both locals and foreigners.

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PS Kibicho reveals he contracted coronavirus

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Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho has revealed that he contracted coronavirus and recovered after undergoing treatment.

While addressing mourners in Kirinyaga County on Friday Dr Kibicho said Covid-19 is not a death sentence.

“I tested positive for coronavirus, but I was treated and discharged from hospital,” he said at Gathuthuini Primary School during the funeral service of a local church leader.

“I am a living example. Those who are suffering from the disease should not worry because they will get well,” he said, adding that out of 100 people who contract the disease in Kenya only two succumb to it.

Dr Kibicho advised Kenyans to be tested for the disease because it is curable.

“Kenyans should be tested to know their status so that they can be treated,” he said.

The PS also urged Kenyans not to stigmatise people who have contracted the virus.

“Covid-19 patients should be showed love and not rejection. When the patients are abandoned, they become depressed and may take longer to recover,” he said.

He also underscored the need for everyone to continue observing protocols issued by the Ministry of Health to control the spread of Covid-19.

“People should wear masks, sanitise regularly, wash their hands and avoid crowded places,” he said.

The PS further said that city residents should avoid travel during the holidays.

“If I had power, I would lock Nairobi during the festive season to curb spread of the dis-ease to rural areas,” Dr Kibicho said.


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