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Kenyatta National Hospital CEO and his comical threat

Posted by Popular Ombudsman on May 17, 2009

Dr. Jotham Micheni has threatened to expel a patient with MDRTB, Mr.John Makau into wider society. KNH is the largest referral hospital in the region. The question is if Makau goes to the wider society, does that provide a solution? This would create a bigger number of similar patients and more referrals to KNH anyway. Will it be any easier for Dr. Micheni then?

One would have hoped that since 2007, a special isolation unit could have been built given the billions of shillings being squandered each month! what Dr. Micheni should be talking of is the need to have a facility to handle such patients safely in Kenya not these comical threats! That is the way forward.
-Sumaku

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Swine flu or porcine influenza?

Posted by Popular Ombudsman on May 2, 2009

As the flu spreads across the world, the pork business lobby is forcing scientists to change the name of the disease: leave out the animal and have your disease…so it is H1N1!  Since Bird flu was aptly named Avian Influenza, this should also be called Porcine  Influenza to keep a consistent system of nomenclature if it actually means anything to scientists.

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