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How getting Covid jab saved my baby



In December last year, *Anita Nekesa had a miscarriage when she was five months pregnant. Unbeknownst to her, she had contracted Covid-19.

“As I left work late one Sunday, I felt dizzy then I began bleeding. I rushed to hospital. The ultrasound showed all was Ok because my cervix was still closed, which meant the baby had not engaged,” she recalls.

“They could not feel the baby’s heartbeat, so they referred me to a gynecologist. They repeated the ultrasound and it confirmed that the baby had died. They carried out a dilation and curettage procedure (D&C) to end the pregnancy.”

 A suction D&C is used after a miscarriage to remove the fetus and other tissues if they have not all been naturally passed to avoid an infection or heavy bleeding.

“In January, I resumed work and a month later, I discovered I was pregnant again. The journey was okay and at eight weeks, an ultrasound showed all was well. Everything appeared normal until June, when I was five months. One Friday morning I felt contractions and rushed to hospital. A scan showed all was normal, but the doctor asked me to return after every three weeks because of the miscarriage I had had earlier.

“A few days later, I woke up feeling unwell but just took painkillers and went to the salon. As I drove, I felt a slight fever, which I ignored. As they handled my hair, I felt cold; I also vomited. By 4pm, my situation had deteriorated to a point that I couldn’t drive and so my husband came and took me to Aga Khan.

“Doctors carried out blood tests after putting me to bed and when the results came back, they said I had an infection. One of the experts suggested I take a Covid-19 test, but I ruled it out because I was not coughing and had no symptoms of the disease.

“I was given painkillers and antibiotics and by midnight, I had been discharged. I went back to work the following Monday, but the next day, I fell sick again. My boss was also unwell and on medication, which meant I could not leave. By Thursday, I had started losing my breath. My blood pressure was Ok, but the pulse rate was high. I bought medication for the cold and went to work the following week.

“My situation deteriorated and I returned to hospital but they just did more blood tests and gave me more antibiotics. When I resumed work, the coughing was so bad that it made colleagues uncomfortable. My appetite vanished, and I discovered I had lost the sense of taste in my mouth. I did not eat anything for three days. Walking and breathing became a problem. I was in so much pain that my entire body was on fire.

“My husband took me back to Aga Khan, where they relieved the pain and carried out some tests. They also sent a team to my house to conduct a Covid-19 PCR test. I was positive. My gynecologist advised on home-based care. The first eight days into the treatment were tough, but after 10 days, I started getting better.

“I tested negative 14 days later but the effects overwhelmed me so much that I was re-admitted. Upon recovery, my doctors advised that I take the Moderna vaccine. Last Friday, I had my second jab. Doctors believe I got the virus during the first pregnancy, but because I had no symptoms, we couldn’t tell. There was also speculation about effects of the vaccine on pregnant women. My baby is now safe; I can assure all the vaccine is safe.

“For home-based care, I spent between Sh8,000 and 10,000 on medication. During the admission in the town hospitals, I spent a total of Sh70,000 because I also developed gastritis, which had to be treated. I urge the government to prioritise pregnant women when it comes to the jab so they can have it early. They should not suffer because there is no policy in place, yet we can count about 12 epidemiological studies in the UK and US that show the vaccine is safe for expectant mothers.

“I have agreed to be part of a study by Aga Khan and the World Health Organisation (WHO) so that the findings they get from monitoring me as an expectant mother who took the jab provides data that can be used to help other women out there.”



Eric Omondi denies Jacque Maribe’s son in new pregnancy reveal



By Wanja Waweru

Eric Omondi, an award-winning comedian and creator of digital entertainment, and Lynne, a social media influencer and commercial model, have revealed they are expecting a child.

The pair enthusiastically announced the news in a combined Instagram post. Lynne can be seen donning a yellow two-piece costume in the images that have been released, proudly displaying her growing baby belly.

Eric, who was completely covered in black, stands protectively behind her and gently strokes the lump.

In her third trimester, Lynne undoubtedly looks pregnant. Eric expressed his excitement at having his own flesh and blood in the caption of the photo, which is odd given that he shares a child with Jackie Maribe, a former media celebrity.

Eric continued by equating himself with Sarah from the Bible, who’d It has taken me 41 years but finally God has blessed me with my own,” started the entertainer excitedly.

He went on to add, “The Fruit of my loins! I feel like Sarah of Abraham of the Bible, she waited all her life for a child of her own.

Thank you baby for making me a father❤❤🙏🙏🥰🥰. And to God thank you for returning our baby to us,” the last of his post read.

It has taken me 41 years but finally God has blessed me with my own,” started the entertainer excitedly.

Seven months ago, Lynne tragically miscarried at barely eight weeks of pregnancy, and Eric and his girlfriend announced they had lost their first child.

The medical professionals there did everything they could to save the little angel, but it was in vain, as Eric refers to the night as the longest night of his life.

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Mwalimu Rachel: Managing Sailors Gang my biggest regret!



By Wanja Waweru

The long-running feud between oppular radio host Rachel Muthoni Njeru, often known as Mwalimu and the gengetone boy band Sailors Gang has been being brought up again, with Rachel stating that managing the group is one of her greatest regrets.

The social media influencer shared this in an interesting conversation she had on her official YouTube channel with a friend named Monicah Wairimu Mwariri.

“What is your biggest regret? Like the one thing you say if I could have done differently I would have gotten different/ better results as Mwalimu Rachel?”

Monicah who was acting as the moderator of that specific episode posed the question to Rachel.

“Managing… managing Sailors Gang!” replied the NRG radio presenter without a second thought.

She continued by saying that interacting with the group had been such a challenge that it had put her in some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable.

“Wueh! Wewe ushawahi lala cell (have you ever spent a night in jail)?” Rachel asked the host to which she replied she’d never and doesn’t even ever wish to encounter such a moment.

Mwalimu Rachel said that while she was in charge of the gengetone male group, she had spent a night in a police cell.

Mimi nililala cell, like wueh…” Rachel revealed.

Sharing a snippet of the interview with her over 403k Instagram followers Rachel wrote, “Cell nayo nililala ni ukweli… wueh! That was a DAAARK time for me. It’s okay though… Time for EVERYONE to hear my story from ME.”

She stated in another post that the reason she was finally speaking about it was so that the suffering she had endured would not be in vain.

“Hopefully my experience will educate other managers as well as caution artists against some things,” Mwalimu Rachel’s post read.

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US announces changes to student visa application process



US State Department has revealed changes in policy that will impact foreign students entering the US.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced during the National Association of other Student Advisers (NAFSA) in Washington that they had streamlined the visa application process for students from other nations, including Kenya, who want to pursue higher education overseas.

According to him, applicants won’t need to participate in an interview to complete their application.

This adjustment is a significant deviation from the standard procedures, which at first required an interview.

The Department also extended the window in which a Visa application may be submitted, bringing it from 120 days to a full year.

Blinken stressed the significance of forging alliances with other nations when discussing visa reforms in order to provide students with additional opportunities  options to study abroad.

He applauded organizations like NAFSA for helping students seize opportunities and for organizing student exchanges.

“At the State Department, we are working to expand international education. After the acute phase of the pandemic ended, more and more international students began applying to study in the US again. We took steps to streamline our visa process and make it easier for students to apply,” he said.

M Square Media’s CEO, Raghwa Gopal, applauded the US government for taking action to expand international study programs. Gopal asserted that by giving students the skills they would need for future international engagements, the short-term educational courses would be advantageous to the students.

Foreign students can enter a recognized college, university, high school, or other educational program in the US under the academic student program.

Foreign students must be admitted by a school that has received formal US government recognition, and the program must result in a certification, certificate, or degree.

After a popular outcry, the deadline for the hike in worldwide visa fees was postponed from the originally announced date of May 30 to June 17; some applicants will now have to pay up to Sh42,000 to obtain the travel document.

Business and tourist visas (category B1/B2S), student visas (F), and exchange visitor visas (J) are the categories that would see a rise, going from Sh21,800 ($160) to Sh25,206 ($185) visas for temporary workers (H, L, O, P, Q, and R categories) will cost Sh27,941 ($205) from Sh25,897 ($190).

The US Embassy in Nairobi stated that they acknowledge the critical role that international travel plays in the US economy and pointed out that President Joe Biden’s foreign policy places a high priority on granting visas, particularly for work and tourism. They insisted that the fees are only intended to cover the costs of providing the consular services.

The cost of non-immigrant visas hasn’t gone up since 2014, so this is a big deal.

Following the suspension of the process in 2020 as part of the safety measures established at the height of the Covid-19 outbreak, the embassy has been dealing with a massive backlog of visa interviews.

The Embassy shortened the wait time for visa interviews for Kenyan visitors last month and permitted renewal of some categories without going through an interview physical appointments.

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