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Is Nairobi Hospital In Panic Over Increasing Avoidable Deaths

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One of the Kenya’s leading premium healthcare provider, Nairobi Hospital, is currently conducting a mass recruitment of doctors into their Intensive Care Unit(ICU) to deal with surging number of patients amidst challenges and deaths blamed on their staff arising from failures at the same unit.

The recruitment comes at the backdrop of a petition and report filed in court which the death of a lady  who had developed complications after a breast enlargement surgery, could have been caused by patient being mishandled at the Nairobi Hospital according to an interested surgeon in the investigations, death occurred after the neck veins were severed, a gush of blood streamed into her lungs and stomach.

The enlargement involved a fat transfer, not an implant. She later developed complications and was rushed to Nairobi Hospital where she died after few days.

The three doctors investigated exonerate themselves from her death, saying a doctor at Nairobi Hospital should be held responsible.

In affidavit, Nairobi Hospital received the lady in stable condition but it was Dr Reuben Okioma who injured her neck at the hospital, causing the injuries that led to her death. Report says after the neck veins were punctured, a blood gushed into the lady’s lungs and stomach.

She suffered hypovolemic shock, cardiac arrest and died, he said. Hypovolemic shock occurs when the body loses more than 20 per cent of the blood or fluid supply. The loss makes it impossible for the heart to pump sufficient blood.

Results of a post-mortem performed by Daniel Zuriel confirms this.

Now husband of the lady, Joseph Malupi says the management of his wife at Nairobi Hospital was wanting and her death could have been avoided.

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Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board, which is probing the death has come under criticism over what is said to be vested interests and more so for not roping in Nairobi Hospital in the probe.

The three doctors say they fear KMPDB will blame them for the lady’s death yet “it is Dr Reuben Okioma who injured the neck vessels of the patient, causing the injuries that led to her death.”

The three doctors have accused the medical board of bias in the handling of the case lodged by the lady’s husband. The trio argues that the move is discriminatory and that the committee looking into the matter was constituted by the medical board with a sole intension of settling scores.

The committee comprises Dr Nyahim Opot, a lecturer at the University of Nairobi, Mr Peter Munge, the board’s lawyer, and Mr Mulupi’s advocate called Jimmy Simiyu.

It turns out that Dr Opot is a colleague of one of the three doctors under investigations at the university and would likely have a biased decision since he had a personal difference with him as well.

They also argue that all the three committee members are parties to a case in which one of the surgeons being investigated is the complainant against the board over a decision made by Dr Opot. The conflicting interests leaves a wide space for biased decisions.

The medics also allege that it is Dr Okioma of Nairobi Hospital who injured neck vessels of the late yet he has not been requested to record a statement. “All indications are that the KMPDB intends to lay blame on the trio since Nairobi Hospital and Dr Okioma have been exempted from the investigations notwithstanding that the deceased met her death while on their hands,” says Prof Kiama Wangui, their lawyer.

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Meanwhile, sourcing are intimating to us that even though Nairobi Hospital and it’s responsible doctors are yet to be questioned in this case despite postmortem results indicating cause of death which could’ve have been avoidable and happened right st their facility, the hospital’s woes could be far from over.

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Its alleged that in this year alone, there are about six cases of patients dying after neck vessels injury, similar to this case of botched surgery. Some of these cases, the hospital has been sued. It’s in this backdrop that we wonder whether Nairobi Hospital has realized incompetence and failure at their unit where there are reported cases of avoidable deaths or simply an expansion strategy.

 


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Al Shabaab Recruiting Youths In Kakamega Politician Raises The Alarm

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Al-Shabab's spokesman, Ali Mohamud Rage, speaks to Kenyan foreign fighters at one of the Islamist insurgent group's military training camps in Somalia in 2017.

Suicide bomber who blew himself up at Dusit terror attack was positively identified as Mahir, a Kenyan who hailed from Mombasa, Gichunge, who’s said to be the mastermind of the Nairobi Hotel attack that left 21 civilians dead, came from Nyeri.

Al Shabaab in their new terror phase are targeting the youths male and female who’re non Somalis and recruiting them into the militia with promises of better pay and mostly it comes with intense radicalization.

Slums such as Majengo in both Nairobi, Mombasa and Nyeri due to the poverty levels, had been a fertile grounds for recruitments and many youths have crossed over to Somalia to join Al Shabaab. Most youths from these areas are on the anti terror police watch list.

The new face of Al Shabaab is represented by young men from different Kenyan ethnic groups. It is a departure from the typical profile of an Al-Shabaab membership from Somalia and sympathisers from local Somalis. It is also a marked difference from the youth from Mombasa and other coastal towns attracted to the jihadist ideology.

Elgiva Bwire Oliacha, alias Mohamed Saif was jailed for life after pleading guilty to grenade attacks in Nairobi that rocked the city in 2011. Bwire comes from Busia in Western where there’s an alarm over heavy recruitment of the youths into the terrorist organization.

Former Ikolomani MP Bonnie Khalwale has called up the anti terror unit to move with speed and find the person behind the recruiting going round in the area, “The national security organs must pitch tent in Kakamega and establish who is (are) behind the disappearance of our youth (mainly from Shinyalu) from their homes to join Al-Shabaab camps in Somalia.” Said Khalwale.

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Western region has been on the terror watch given increasing number of youths converting to Islam before disappearing to Somalia a jar of worms that has its lid now open by the former legislator.

Violet Kemunto whom the police have now listed amongst the top most wanted criminals said to be behind the Dusit attack, incidentally, went to school in Masinde Muliro University also in Kakamega, Western. She was wife to Gichunge whom the police say was the attack’s mastermind and believed to have been killed at Dusit.

With diversification in ethnic composition and using home grown terrorists, the security agencies must adopt to the changing times to avoid overlooking potential threats.

Initiatives such as Nyumba Kumi need to be taken with seriousness it deserves for surveillance, identifying and eliminating potential threats, Gichunge and Kemunto stayed at an apartment in Muchatha since March 2018 and planned the attack from there to its execution and no one suspected any foul play perhaps because of their ethnicity.

Other than securing borders, Nyumba Kumi initiative needs to be revived for human intelligence collection more so now that their could be a sleeper cell next door without you knowing since in Nairobi, no one bothers to know their neighbor and there lays the dangers.


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Central Bank Sacks It’s Employee And Atheists President Over His Tweets Attacking The Goverment

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Harrison Mumia

Harrison Mumia, the founder and President of atheists in Kenya, has suffered a blow from his employer CBK after disciplinary action was keyed on him following a cause of action letter in response to anti government tweets that he made.

Mumia was first served with a notice to show cause on 23rd May 2017 where he was accused of  disobedience and insubordination from various post that he made against the government, he was cautioned and told maintain political neutrality.

He might have survived but eyes remained on him, according to HR Acting Director, Terry Ng’ang’a, Mumia violated his terms by repeating the same posts that criticized the government.

In a supposed tweet captured from Mumia, It reads,”I thought MP Alfred Keter was in government. I thought he was ndaani ndaani, mbona anashikwa tena na his government tena? Unless being in government is a myth, to those who voted jubilee mko ndani ya government in best sense?”

He was accused of going contrary to the Public Officers Ethics Act No 4 of 2003 by stating his political opinion and for suggesting that action on Sang was politically motivated and not out of fair investigations. CBK was handling the case.

In the same arguments he was accused of gross misconduct by discrediting his employer(CBK) who was part of the investigating agencies on Keter’s case.

In another post he tweeted, “can jubilee NEC make Uhuru resign like the ANC did for Zuma? Does jubilee have a NEC? If it happened, it would be a relief for Kenyans. Right now any change from Uhuru is better than Uhuru any!!”

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According to CBK, this was a clear partisan, political stand that Harrison had made thereby violating political neutrality. He was suspended as investigations continued and officially dismissed on January 11.

Mumia in his defense, denies authoring the said tweets, “The letters quote TWEETS that were NOT authored by MYSELF. They do not mention anything about CBK or anyone. CBK has clearly demonstrated  that it will gag fundamental FREEDOMS and RIGHTS of employees who seem to be anti -establishment.”

The atheists president believes that there’s more of political witchunting involved in his case, “Assuming those were my TWEETS, it doesn’t lay ground for gross misconduct. CBK should realize that many Kenyans engaged in all sorts of political conversations before, during and after the elections. I believe Ms Terry Ng’ang’a (Ag. Director) was behind the scheme.”

Mumia believes his rights to free political expression has been abused and will be seeking legal redress and possibly win his job back or be compensated, “I am putting together a law suit against the CBK seeking damages. I also will seek audience with other parties that will help me fight this clawing back of our Constitutional Rights by the deep state at CBK.” He concludes.

What do you think about the action taken by the bank.


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Images Showing Intense Moments When Riverside Attack Survivors Reunited With Families After Being Saved

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When the armed attackers stormed into Dusit, the establishment had close to a thousand civilians going about their businesses. When the first attacker blew himself up in a suicide bomb mission, life took a sharp turn and it was everyone running to save their lives.

At the end of the 18 hours ordeal, 21 innocent people had been fell by the evil acts of 6 terrorists. Police say they rescued over 700 civilians. While some were quickly evacuated, some were trapped in buildings and had to endure every scary moments it came with.

Thanks to the swift action by our galatant Officers, last rescue was done at around 3am before the terrorists were cornered and fell. Fredrik Lernelyd for AFP, captured and shared the images below, showing the moment survivors running into the arms of their friends and relatives whom had camped outside praying to see them walk out alive.


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