By Wanja Waweru
Robert Alai, the current Kileleshwa MCA has revealed that growing up, his father doubled up as the family doctor.
According to Alai, his father, a teacher was a polygamist and had 25 children.
“I come from a family of 25 because my father was polygamous, and because he was a teacher, we couldn’t afford health care for the entire family back then,” he said during the health task force handing-over ceremony at City Hall.
Alai says his father had to be the family doctor, and to do that, he read the book ‘Where There Is No Doctor’ and treated them for all the illnesses they suffered from.
“We survived on my father reading the book and treating us himself. That is the reason I am so passionate about health matters,” Alai said.
The book, ‘Where There Is No Doctor’, is a classic title for health workers, clinicians, health educators, midwives, community leaders, and others involved in primary health care delivery and health promotion worldwide.