Maternal mortality, a well known women killer in the world has received recognition in the international and national forums but unfortunately it has continued to claim more lives.
Every year about half a million women lose their lives as a result of complications due to pregnancy or childbirth, yet this can be changed with proper intervention.
This is the story of women who have died of
maternal mortality and whose story needs to adequately told.
For one who has not gone through maternal mortality can know its depth. And those who know are usually silenced by their early deaths as in the case the wife of a Member of Parliament in Uganda whose wife bled to death.
They are relied upon by millions of people to heal various ailments at a cheaper cost; they rake in billions of shillings; and the World Health Organization has recognized them as contributing significantly to health management in the world.
But now the herbal medicines are in the frying pan. A new analysis shows that these medicines might be causing more harm than good to the users. Study on the 18 herbal products collected from some of the leading herbal clinics and outlets in Nairobi found all or 100 percent to be heavily contaminated with micro organisms that responsible for many diseases.
Doctors at Kenyatta National Hospital are being forced to put patients on a waiting list as they sort out rising numbers of serious road accidents, assaults, and gun shots injuries being admitted at the facility.
Patients who need hip replacement such as those with arthritis, back surgery, spine operation, or any other major surgery have to wait for up to four months or even longer, before the surgery is done. Reason: the theatres are packed with people with severe road accident and gunshot injuries, who are crowding out these patients.
Less than three weeks ago after a British study demolished the long held belief that organic foods were of better nutrition and quality compared to conventionally grown crops, Kenyan consumers have gone into panic.
Local restaurants that sell organic foods are at pains to explain to them that indeed their foods have a better advantage over conventionally grown foods.
Kenya has been selected as one of the countries set to introduce free anti-pneumonia vaccine to help tame a disease that is now the number one killer of babies and children in the country.
The world over, chronic diseases such as heart complications, stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes are currently killing many people.
Unfortunately, most countries in Africa lack the capacity to collect, analyse and report data on diseases in their health information systems.
A group of patients at Mathari Hospital have found themselves stuck at the facility for a total of 186 years after their families declined to accept them back even after they were found fit to be integrated in the society.
With an increase in the number of families and communities declining to live with the mentally ill patients upon their release from the hospital, psychiatrists and advocates of these mentally ill persons in Kenya are now pushing for the establishment of what they call Halfway Houses.
Mathare hospital is taking the lead in this campaign, asking well wishers to come forward to help create these houses as first step to easing the burden on the facility and help the ex-patients integrate back into the society with few difficulties.