Ailing Bungoma MP Airlifted to Nairobi After Condition Worsens

AMREF medics rushed to the aid of an ill Member of Parliament, who was airlifted to Nairobi for advanced medical attention on Thursday evening, April 16.

A report by K24 on Thursday evening, April 16, detailed that Kabuchai MP (Bungoma County), James Lusweti Mukwe's health had worsened.

The legislator had been admitted at a Bungoma hospital for a week.

Details of the illness of the Ford-Kenya Party member and a second term MP were not revealed.

Local reports detailed that the plane carrying the ailing legislator landed at Wilson Airport and was received by Ford Kenya party leader Moses Wetang'ula (Bungoma Senator), Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa and Webuye West MP Dan Wanyama.

"We thank the Parliamentary Service Commission for facilitating the emergency flight. We are praying that our colleague gets well soon," Wetang'ula stated.

On Monday, April 6, President Uhuru Kenyatta banned movement in and out of Nairobi, and a day later clarified that he did not initiate a lockdown because of certain reasons.

Kenyatta, on April 7, while speaking with a local vernacular station, detailed that he did not order a lockdown in his state address the previous day as he understood it would have put many Kenyans in jeopardy.

"I know the implications of lockdown and that's why I don't want us to follow that route. Anyone who wishes to travel to Nairobi, and has a valid reason, I have instructed state officers, including police, to facilitate that movement; no one should be oppressed,

"For example, if one is to travel from Nyeri County to the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, or any other hospital in the capital, police or anyone in a position of authority, should not stop that person from travelling. The persons we are stopping [from travelling] are those entering the metropolis without a genuine reason," Kenyatta clarified.

On Thursday, April 9, Dr Jemimah Kariuki, a resident doctor based in Nairobi, informed that after President Uhuru Kenyatta directed a nationwide curfew, many Kenyans were not privy to their rights, and feared seeking medical attention.

Kariuki detailed that Kenyans should reach out to medics for emergency responses in case of illnesses that warrant medical attention.

"Kenyans should be aware that ambulances are on standby. One should also have contacts of nearby hospitals, and the Red Cross Organisation, or county health departments," Kariuki explained.

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