Former President Daniel Torotich Arap Moi is reported to be in critical condition. Moi is admitted at the Nairobi Hospital ICU with the former head of state had complained of chest pains and breathing problems just two weeks after he was discharged.
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga when he visited Mzee Moi in Kabarak on May 5, 2019 PHOTO/COURTESY
A family member, however, spoke to reporters revealing that the Nyayo era president was rushed to the hospital on Saturday and immediately placed on life-support machines due to breathing complications.
President Uhuru Kenyatta with Mzee Moi and Senator Gideon Moi during a past visit at his Kabarak home. Ex-President Mzee Daniel Arap Moi re-admitted at Nairobi Hospital with breathing problems
The relative, who spoke on condition of anonymity, further conveyed that the ex-president’s condition stabilized on Sunday and he was taken off the machines.
He was said to be getting better on Monday under the close attention of his personal physician Dr David Silverstein.
Family gather around retired president Daniel Moi as he celebrated his 94th birthday at his Kabarak home, September 2, 2018. /COURTESY
Other family members did not appreciate media probing of the patriarch’s medical condition and simply alluded to his age and the complications that come with ageing.
Official statement on Mzee Moi’s health
On Monday, his press secretary Lee Njiru issued a formal statement to the media saying that Mzee Moi was still at the hospital for a “routine medical check-up”.
“It is true [that] Mzee Moi went to Nairobi Hospital today (Monday) but it [was for] a routine medical check-up. It is prudent and advisable that everybody should go for medical check-up, so Mzee Moi went for a medical check up.
“He is expected to go back home but that will be at the discretion of his personal physician; he will make the final decision,” Mr Njiru stated.
The family of the second Kenyan President has remained tight-lipped about his life away from the public, issuing generic statements during key occasions.
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga when he visited Mzee Moi in Kabarak on May 5, 2019 (Twitter)
Nyayo Era (1978-2002)
According to the ANC party leader, Musalia Mudavadi who was a close ally and political protege of Mzee Moi, Moi was a resilient leader who never wavered in commitment irrespective of the hurdles he met along the way, an attribute which spurred him to excellence in ruling Kenya.
“A lot of challenges came into his tenure but he was able to overcome them. It was all at cost nonetheless. Whether we like it or not, let us appreciate that he held the country united for 24 years,” Mudavadi said.
Jane Murugi, sister of Githunguri MP Gabriel Kago, has been found dead in Membley, Ruiru, Kiambu County.
Githunguri MP Gabriel Kago Photo/courtesy
Mr. Kago, who confirmed the death on Friday morning, said they suspect murder.
Thirteen people have been killed and several others injured following a grisly road accident along Kisumu–Kericho Highway at Awasi, Kisumu County.
Reports indicate that the accident occurred after an Eldoret Express bus collided head on with a trailer at Awasi. The bus was headed to Nairobi.
Those injured (38) following the accident have been rushed to Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital and Hope Medical Hospital. Bodies of the deceased have been moved to Ahero Hospital Mortuary.
According to Kisumu County Police Commander Benson Maweu, the accident happened at around 1:30am and by 2:30am they had counted at least 13 bodies.
“The bus was travelling from Kisumu towards Kericho on the Kisumu-Nairobi Highway when the driver tried to overtake a cane tractor and was involved in a head-on-collision with the trailer,” said Maweu.
More to follow
The manufacturer of Sure lubricated condoms has issued a product recall over quality concerns.
Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa), which distributed the condoms in the country, in a letter to stakeholders asked for cooperation in the return process.
Users of Sure condom have been asked to check brand name and date after Thai manufacturer recalled them from the Kenyan market for failing the quality test.
Through its distributor Kenya Medical Supplies Authority, Innolatex Limited also appealed to stockists to ensure affected batch numbers were not sold to unsuspecting customers.
Lifeline Laboratories which conducted quality tests on the rubber products identified batch numbers 17DN754 and 17DN052 as defective. Shockingly, the manufacture had indicated December 2021 and December 2022 as expiry dates.
Government through the Ministry of Health supplies Sure condoms for free in public institutions. In 2018, the Ministry destroyed a total of 785,481 Fiesta condoms to be dangerously porous and too thin thus exposing users to various health hazards.
The contraceptives valued at KSh 10 million had been recalled from the market by Pharmacy and Poisons Board to allow for standardization tests to determine their quality after numerous complaints.
In the same year, a Nairobi man sued Kenya Revenue Authority and Kenya Bureau of Standards after a condom broke while in bed with side chic whom he claimed had infected him with STI. “I was fully aware of the dangers of having unprotected sex and decided to use my favorite brand of condoms being the Zoom, scented, chocolate-flavored studded condoms which I believed would please the woman and protect me fully. That whilst I was having sexual intercourse with the woman, the condom broke, a fact which I only realized after the act,” he said in the application.
Condoms are preferred for the dual role of being both a contraceptive method and a barrier against sexually transmitted infections, but their success is tied to correct and consistent use.
However, faulty condoms can increase the chances of transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
In general, take the following precautions before using a condom:
- Make sure that the condom is in its original wrapping.
- Only use condoms from legitimate condom makers that use the appropriate materials.
Starehe Girls Centre in Nairobi has been closed indefinitely after 52 students have been reported quarantined following suffering suspicious symptoms of a disease that is yet to be established.
The students of Starehe Girls have since been released to go home while the 52 infected students are to remain in school under quarantine.
The quarantined students are said to be suffering from the following symptoms
- High-pitched Coughs
- Low-grade fevers
The closure of the school raises the public concern of the chances that some of the students released to go home might already be infected which would spread the unknown viral disease outside the walls of the school.
However, the school administration said that doctors from the Integrated Disease Surveillance Response Department had collected samples which were being analysed by Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) and the Centre for Disease Control.
School’s director Jane Soita said that parents and guardians of the affected girls had been notified.
Education CS George Magoha has announced the closure of Precious Talents School in Ng’andu Ward following the collapse of classrooms on Monday morning.
In a statement to the press, CS Magoha ordered students to remain at home for the next four days as the government ensures safe arrangements for them to resume learning.
“We have asked learners to stay at home over the next four days as we put in place adequate measures to ensure their safety of learning,” the CS ordered. Prof. Magoha has also set up a special task force to carry out investigations into the incident that claimed the lives of seven pupils and left 64 with serious injuries.
“The school is duly registered and has an enrollment of 800 learners. We have set up a multi-agency team comprising of officials from county government, local leaders, ministries of education, interior & coordination of government and the ministry of health together with the Kenya Red Cross to manage this situation.
“The team will also conduct thorough investigations on the possible causes of this tragedy and submit the report to me for urgent action,” Prof. Magoha stated.