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Drama as angry men storm hospital demanding release of wives

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There was drama at Akidiva Memorial Hospital in Migori on Monday after a group of men stormed the facility demanding the discharge of their spouses who had been detained after undergoing cesarean delivery.

The men accused the facility of applying double standards after their spouses were booked for the caesarian services without notification that the Linda Mama services under the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) had been halted.

Linda Mama is an NHIF basic health services package targeting pregnant women and infants with an aim of facilitating access to quality and affordable health services.

“They are demanding Sh30,000 before discharging patients despite the women being covered by the Linda Mama policy,” a certain Benard Odhiambo said.

Close to 15 mothers and their newborns are being held at the facility weeks after delivery.

The frustrated men accused the facility of colluding with other hospitals to overcharge patients after services at Migori County Referral Hospital were affected by doctors’ strike.
 
“Our concern is that our wives are being held yet we were not informed of the technicalities surrounding the Linda Mama and NHIF cards,” one of the men said.

The detained mothers include two whose newly-born babies died after delivery at the facility.

Mr George Odhiambo, whose child died after developing complications shortly after birth, said they arrived at the hospital a week ago and after successful delivery through C-section, his wife was detained over unpaid bill.

Mr Odhimabo told journalists that the hospital required between Sh10,000 and Sh30,000, but did not allow them to go and look for the funds.

“We are being forced to look for other sources of funds yet at the time of admission, they said NHIF and Linda Mama cards will cater for all the bills,” said Mr Kevin Arwa.

The hospital director, Dr. Idagiza Akidiva, however, said the facility’s management had received a circular from NHIF not to discharge any patient.

“We have done our part as a hospital, all we want now is payment. The patients’ medical covers are obsolete so they have no option but to pay cash,” Dr. Akidiva said.

He further called on the government to fast-track the existing technicalities in the NHIF Linda Mama cover to avert future inconveniences.

by nation.Africa


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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

-Mpasho


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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.

-Capitalfm.co.ke


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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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