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Nairobi News : November 18th 2013
4 city briefing Anti-polio campaign launched in Kitengela Kitengela. Kitengela town on Friday hosted the launch of the polio vaccination drive targeting about 8.3 million children in the country. The campaign was officially launched by Dr William Maina, the head Directorate of Preventive Health on behalf of the Health Cabinet secretary. Unicef representative, Marcel Rudasingwa said about 270,000 children in Kenya were at a risk of being infected with the disease. Ponciano Odongo, NN Police, chiefs told to join Facebook, twitter Monday, November 18, 2013 nairobinews.co.ke news LIMOS ‘R’ US City’s wealthy drive up demand for limousines Eight year-old Brashil Igwosi who has been at the Kenyatta National Hospital since he was two days old. He is among children abandoned at the hospital because their parents hold onto retrogressive beliefs. Bernadine Mutanu, NairobiNews Ngong. Provincial adminisrators and police have been instructed to open person and office twitter and facebook accounts through which they can take part in discourse and get hints of crime or plans for the same. Kajiado Deputy County Commissioner Mwangi Kahiro said for six months, his office had taken to the platform and lauded its success. He said it will bridge the gap between citizens and adminstrators. Ponciano Odongo, NN Building still under construction collapses Huruma. Some Huruma residents are counting their luck after a house under construction collapsed on Friday. Mr Nelson Saisi was at work when part of the building adjacent to his house came tumbling down. He lost everything else but his life. Residents claimed the developer was using soil instead of mortar to construct the building. No one was injured. “I thank God, we were out of the when the incident happened, otherwise we would not be alive, said Mr Saisi. Bernadine Mutanu, NN Starehe police chief calls for cooperation Eastleigh. The new Strarehe police division chief Baraza Wabomba assumed office with a plea to residents to help in reducing crime. “This is because individuals involved in criminal activities live in our midst,” he said. He made the remarks at a recent farewell party hosted by his predecessor Mr Samuel Anampiu who has since been moved to Kipkelion in the same capacity. Senior police officers from Starehe division attended the fete held at Kilimanjaro hotel in Eastleigh. Gerald Bwisa, NN Babies dumped at Kenyatta Hospital Hydrocephalus. They suffer from a condition that makes the head swell tremendously What she left at the hospital as her BERNADINE MUTANU, NairobiNews firstname.lastname@example.org P arents are abandoning children suffering from water-in-the brain disease at Kenyatta Na- tional Hospital. Some of the children have been in the wards the whole of their lives after their mothers dumped them there for fear of ‘curses’. According to the nurse in charge of ward 4C at the hospital, Ms RA Awiti, the children are abandoned not because their parents cannot afford the treatment but because of what she refers to as retrogressive cultural beliefs. Worrying trend When the mother to Brashil Igwosi brought him to the hospital on February 3, 2007, two days after he was born, it would be the beginning of his long stay at Kenya’s largest referral hospital. Brashil is eight years old now and has known no other home except KNH where he is taken care of by nurses and social workers. “His mother took off two days after she brought him here. She was just 18 years old and was working as a househelp in one of the estates in Nairobi. She never disclosed the exact location,” said Ms Awiti. phone contact is no longer in use. “When we interviewed her, she said it was a taboo in their culture to have a malformed first born child. Unfortunately, it never crossed our mind that she was planning to leave her child here,” said the nurse. Brashil is not alone. When N bNwi e s visited the hospital recently, there were three other children with the same condition abandoned in the ward. Frankline Kaindiu was abandoned at the hospital in February this year. He has been there all along after his mother took off some days after bringing him for treatment. Calls to her phone went unanswered. “Another baby girl was abandoned in early July but died a few days ago. “The trend is worrying since it looks like cases of abandonment are not about to stop,” said the distressed nurse. Foetal development In yet another ward, there is Baby Martha Musyimi who was abandoned in April 2012 and Dennis Mwenya, brought to the hospital on January 18, this year. Again, efforts to reach their mothers have borne no fruit. There are a lot of misconceptions among a majority of Kenyans about congenital hydrocephalus. Doctors refute the curse claim and Awiti: His mother took off two days after she brought him here. She was just 18 years old and was working as a househelp in one of the estates in Nairobi” say the condition is genetic. It could also be as a result of foetal development problems. Paedetricians and nurses at KNH say they are afraid the children may develop drug resistance. The Kenyatta National Hospital where the babies are abandoned. File, NairobiNews facts on child abandonment ar-io • Root causes: Poverty has been cited as the root cause of child abandonment. Teenage pregnancies and some cultural beliefs also contribute to the vice. • Criminal consequences: It is considered a serious crime and one found guilty can spend years in jail. • Research worldwide: Research shows that in the developed world, more boys than girls are abandoned. There is little study on it in many developing countries, Kenya included. JOHN NJIRU, NairobiNews email@example.com Y ou most likely have come across them announcing to all the lengths their occupants will go to have glamourous transpor t. In the last decade, the number of stretch limousines in the city has increased as the class of wealthy Nairobians grew. To this class, transport is more than just movement from point A to B. They readily pay up-to Sh15,000 per hour for the high capacity vehicles, despite only using them for a minimum of five hours. On the lower side, they cough Sh8,000 per hour with a similar minimum usage time. It is this willingness to spend on comfort and glitz that has seen two brothers, Ash Sadique and Wayne Fernandes buy and operate six limos in a the last five years and they said business is booming. In 2008, the two brothers invested Sh4.5 million in an eight- metre long Isuzu Trooper which would comfortably accommodate up to 15 passengers. The business was so successful, said Fernandes, that an additional limousine was required, eventually giving rise to the Limos ‘R’ Us empire, their company. “With the demand we had to in- troduce more limos and we are still a growing business,” said the firm coproprietor. Three months after their first limo, the entrepreneurs bought a six-seater Mercedes E200, followed closely by a 12-seater Toyota VX and also an eightseater Opel Astria convertible. The biggest ride is a double-axled six-wheel Isuzu Bighorn which is ten metres long and has capacity of 20 passengers. The brothers have not spared mon- ey in a bid to make the vehicles the first choice for their customers. Their vehicles come fitted with con- sumer delights like sofas, mini bars, fridge, flat-screen televisions and neon lights. Despite the prices, the two receive dozens of fully-paid bookings. Fernandes said they have even turned others down.
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