Fighting Coronavirus disease on the ground at Ongata Rongai – suburb of Nairobi – the outbreak location in Kenya

Fighting Coronavirus disease on the ground at Ongata Rongai – suburb of Nairobi – the outbreak location in Kenya

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From Dr. Richard Wangombe – Ongata Rongai, Nairobi Kenya

Dr. Richard is working at his private clinic and surrounding slum areas. He has done a wonderful job of preparing people in his neighborhood on the spread of the coronavirus infection. He and his helpers have shown street people how to carefully wash hands and taught them about precocious measures to avoid infection in daily life. Dr. Richard is well known in his area, supports our orphanage for many years selflessly and has become a real friend. For him and his wife working on the ground they now need any support possible. 

As Dr. Richard himself reports: “This was a forum that our hospital had to sensitize street family about Covid-19, demonstrated how to wash hands.”

Note: Dr. Richards small clinic is about 1.5 km away from the first ever discovered corona-infected case of a young woman in Kenya. She as a traveller obviously brought the disease into Kenya first. As she was living together with others in a small place she is considered to have past it on to the first other 6 cases. All of them in Ongata Rongai. Meantime (status quo, 23rd March 2020) 8 more cases have been reported by yesterday. Since nearly no african country on the pan-african continent is absolutely well prepared to fight an upcoming pandemia because of lack of insurance of most citizen as well as lack of very well equipped clinics like in Europe measures of prevention and quarantine must be taken very very serious right now and are of highest importance. So Dr. Richard and other colleagues on the ground have deserved our highest respect and best support possible in any potential way.


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  • James Thonjo Mar 27, 2020 at 08:15 am

    Currently, the majority of Kenyans leave hand to mouth life. With the government measures to control movements, many think the rich are the ones benefit from lockdown. The poorer are in the dilemma, either to stay home and die of hunger or risk their lives to get food. The best way the government should open food stores in the slam area and other areas with low-income earners especially in the affected area to restrict the movement. I leave in Ongata Rongai where the first case was reported. The county government has not enough to contain the situation.
    The community needs education and support. I am an environmentalist expert but the current situation in areas of Kiserian and Ongata Rongai market is worse. County Government is on the rush to close markets yet the heaps of solid waste in the market are unbearable. I have tried to volunteer to the county government to educate the public but no one is willing to give the ear to my request. Therefore, the govermrnt has done less in public awareness.

    • PortaMedika Mar 30, 2020 at 07:33 am

      Hello James, would you like to write articles for our platform here which we daily distribute all over Africa? Sounds like you are an expert in environmental issues and me as an MD I believe that that is a strong point to take for keeping the population healthy. So if you have best practise examples on what to do, do not hesitate. We can educate people all over Africa with our website. Because what is happening in Kenya is happening in other countries as well. Write to to get in contact. Kind regards, Dr. Walter Lipke


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