By Dr. Omar Hamid. State of the nation you said? that time when a time check, reality check and better yet checks on the ups and downs the country has gone through? More than just a day when the Head of the sate shows up to address bunch of insensate and benighted members of Parliament in a live televised event. We can never know how far we got where we are without taking a cursory look at the past to make sense and take stock of the present and to have a good view of the future. Going by our trends in this country for the last 4 years, Jubilee regime like any other sitting government had their fair share of not living to its expectations. Please spare me the complacency of saying no regime delivers on its manifesto in totality. As far as i am concerned, a ...
As a medical practitioner in a malaria endemic region Mombasa city down at the coast of Kenya, I see a lot of patients with malaria. Malaria is one of the leading causes of Morbidity and Mortality in Kenya, it accounts to about 15% of all outpatients attendance in the country’s health facilities. It’s common in the Lake Victoria region of western Kenya and the Coastal region. Children and pregnant mothers are a high risk population for Malaria. Malaria is caused by parasitic organism of the Plasmodium species. There are 5 types, P. Falciparum, P. Vivax, P. Ovale, P. Malariae and new species P. knowlesi. Plasmodium Falciparum is the most aggressive and causes severe disease. Malaria is transmitted by an infected female anopheles mosquito who has fed on the blood of an infected per
Postpartum depression, also known as postnatal depression is one of the mental illnesses which most African communities are quite ignorant about. Stigma around mental illnesses is worrisome in Africa and the illnesses are sometimes associated with lack of faith in religion, as portrayed in a thread I was reading in the Divorce Diaries of Jaruma Magazine, an online magazine of Nigeria. A 47 year old man divorced her wife after years of a happy marriage because she was not herself after giving birth. Doctors advised that it was Postpartum/postnatal depression but the family took the mother back home where she was secluded and was given herbal medicine. ‘My ever smiling Habiba became withdrawn and moody. Her ever smiling face was replaced by a permanent frown. Habiba had locked herself
Our country is in a desperate state. On one side of the divide, we have a government that does not care about its citizens but is only concerned about whether it will be re-elected. On the other hand, we have a clueless opposition whose main concern is to unseat the ruling government. In the end, the ordinary Kenyan has no one to speak for them. It is said that the moment we stop talking is the moment we stop fighting. So let’s sit down and engage in a little chat over the ongoing doctor’s strike in Kenya. Let it not just be a little chat, but serious discourse since this is a serious matter that requires every citizen to think carefully. I do not understand why a responsible citizen of this country would only be worried about elections which come in seven months while there is an u
As Doctors in all Public Hospitals in Kenya start their promised strike 5th December 2016 00:00hours. Here are some few things we need to share. Let it be known beyond doubt that doctors do not take pleasure in the suffering of patients, we have just exhausted our options #LipaKamaTender Any Suffering of Kenyans Due to #DoctorsStrike Is on The Government. #LipaKamaTender Some People are so corrupt that they can't remember to "take care" of doctors who treat their voters #LipaKamaTender Doctors also call upon all Kenyans to join them in demanding better health service delivery by efficient and fair treatment to the doctors who provide the services. #LipaKamaTender Citizens of Kenya to seek Emergency Medical Services from Private Hospitals as Doctors Strike in all Public...
By Vincent Mageto Have you ever been bitten by bedbugs? If you have never, then count yourself lucky and I mean very lucky those little bloodsucking things are a great nuisance. My experience with bedbugs has been one journey I cannot forget, just the thought of it makes my body itch. The marks I had about two years ago told the story by themselves, the swellings all over my body that constantly itched was a great bother. I had just moved in a new room with a friend of mine whom I had lived with for more than one year. The excitement I had was evident because as we all know in a university compound it is not easy to find a large room to live in. This was my big luck, I made all the arrangements, the décor was set and I moved to my new room. The first night I slept I just kept itc
Khat, also known as Miraa in Kenya is a common abused recreational stimulant. Walking around the streets of Mombasa, especially on a Saturday evening, you will see groups of men abusing the drug. Saturday is termed here as ‘Saga day’ meaning chewing Day for most people in Mombasa County. Khat abuse is often seen as principally a Muslim habit, taking the place of Forbidden alcohol as a social stimulant. This is because most of its consumers in Kenya are Muslims and the business is booming in areas where Muslims are the majority, especially the Coast and North-eastern parts of Kenya. In Kenya, khat is grown and breeded in the Meru County. It is found growing wild in the Middle East down to the eastern Cape. Besides Kenya, the drug is cultivated intensively in Ethiopia, Uganda and Y
Most Probably, the first thing that comes to our minds when we hear the word ‘Halal’ is food. But Halal according to Islam is a complete way of life. All this was on display at the first ever Halal Exhibition dubbed ‘Halal Hub’ held in KICC Nairobi, Kenya last weekend whereby not only Halal foods but Halal Finance and Banking, Property ownership, Integrated System of Education, fashion, all kinds of Businesses, Healthcare among many others were on showcase. What caught my attention during the exhibition was Hijama also known as Cupping being displayed as the best way to purify our Blood. The Cupping tent attracted many clients who attended the expo, eager to learn about what Hijama is all about, with some undergoing the Cupping therapy to cleanse their blood. What is Cupping/Hija
Just last week, a 4-year-old boy in a Sub-county Hospital in Mombasa came in with chicken-pox symptoms. The Mother explained to me that there has been an outbreak of Chickenpox in their neighborhood and was just worried about her son, prompting her to seek consultation. The Ministry of Health had indeed confirmed that there is an outbreak of Chickenpox in Mombasa and Nairobi counties in Kenya. Speaking on phone to Daily Nation, Director of Medical Services Jackson Kioko said that Chickenpox outbreaks happens a lot during holidays and they pick up cases through enhanced awareness among the public. He also explained that chickenpox is a self-limiting disease in which a patient can recover without getting healthcare. Although the Ministry says the outbreak is not a cause for alarm, the...
Come the 5th of December, all doctors in the Public service in Kenya will go on Strike under their Union of Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU). The strike is all about the Collective Bargaining Agreement signed between KMPDU and the Government of Kenya on 27th June 2013. The main issue is the implementation of the Pay Rise Proposals. The Court ruled on 6th October 2016 that the CBA is a legally binding document that MUST be implemented. Therefore the doctors of Kenya have the right to claim what is rightfully ours. “As Doctors providing essential services to the people of Kenya, we don’t want to go on strike but the government has pushed us to the wall. On 5th of December 2016 we the doctors working in the Republic of Kenya shall exercise our constit