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Many may wonder, why the topic bath room accidents ,only the victims who have suffered directly or indirectly have volumes of tales to tell.
I have not been a victim, but in my profession as as traditional medical practitioner, I have come across people who have suffered greatly to the extend of being immobilized and instances of people who have lost their lives. This inspired me to write on this subject matter.
The major causes of this accidents could be as a result of slippery floor/walls,drastic body temperature variations, suffocation and burns to mention but a few.
The extend of the injury sustained may depend on the size of the bath room and the facilities inside in there.
Slippery floors.

This may be as a result of the materials used to construct the facility or due to accumulation of foam on the floors and walls of the bath room.
A person can sustain injuries on sliding before, during or after taking bathe. The damage may be more serious if there is no one to rescue the victim in case they raise an alarm, a bath room may be very small such that the victim at times, may fall on the door hampering rescue efforts.

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Drastic body temperature variation.
Drastic body temperature changes ,either up or down wards may interfere with the normal blood circulation. In severe cases this may lead to insufficient blood supply to the brain resulting to fainting.


Many at times this usually occurs in children. In many occasions, this happens due to negligence. For instance,the care giver/ parent may leave the child playing in the bath-tab unattended while s/she reaches out for a towel or possibly oil in the next room .The going to the next room may be followed by an interruption of out pouring milk in the kitchen, a knock on the door or a phone call. The unexpected development may provide room enough for suffocation“in normal circumstances”, children like to play in water and they are likely to sneak back to the bath room while the care giver or the parent are engaged in other business.
Children in the bath-tabs, if unattended to may fail to balance the two taps of cold and hot water thereby causing serious body burns.


In order to avoid unnecessary accidents in our bath rooms, it’s important to ensure that bath room floors are clean and dry after use & the room is well ventilated. Acclimatization before a full bath is important to prevent drastic body temperature changes. Children should not be left unattended before, during and after bath.
Cases of epilepsy and other related diseases should be given special attention while bathing. A stitch in time, saves nine.

Benson Njoroge

Kenya-59 000 IDPs resettled back on their farms
Thu, May 08, 2008
Over 59,000 people who were internally displaced have been voluntarily resettled back to their homes since the exercise officially kicked off on Monday.
Government spokesman Dr. Alfred Mutua however says the government urgently needs a whooping 30 billion shillings to resettle all displaced people from within and outside the country.
According to Dr. Mutua the exercise is currently facing transportation hitches adding that there was need for more trucks to ferry the IDPs to their farms
“Due to inadequate transport facilities, the government is beefing up the number of vehicles being used to transport the IDPs back to their homes”, he said.
“The returning of the IDPS to their homes is voluntary and the government is not forcing anyone to go back”, he reiterated.
500 people who fled to Tanzania during the post election violence are also expected back in the country Thursday night.
Elsewhere, 2000 internally displaced persons camping at Kedong’ in Naivasha have been given a one month notice to leave the camp.
Naivasha DC Arthur Mugira said the camp is situated in a private developer’s land temporarily donated to the government to resettle the IDPs on but for a period of one month only. Story by KBC

Naivasha Hot Day by Dr. Kivuva

Here below are some pictures taken on the hot day in Naivasha, especially one which the road is blocked with stones, and a track is set on fire, some kids were displaced on the road at Naivasha, l stopped to give them food, the kids were dropped at the junction of Naivasha and had to spend the whole night in the cold.

This Sunday morning l was driving to Kinangop for a Mission, but l couldn’t pass Naivasha, fire was burning everywhere as you can see in the pictures, and many other things were happening in the bushes. I feared that my Isuzu Rodeo might be set on fire, so l decided the best thing to do was to get back to Gilgil and forget the Mission to Kinangop.

No Church opened the doors on this Dark Sunday in Naivasha, l tried calling several pastors to tell them l was stuck at Naivasha, they all informed me to get out of the road, and not to enter Naivasha town because it was the worst, but l decided to drive through the town where l took the picture of the roads being blocked and vehicles being set on fire.

See the Kids sleeping at the Gilgil Police Station inside the wrecked cars, this was their home for weeks, l supplied food and water every day for over two months to the displaced and continues to do the same.

Also enclosed is the dedication and the official opening of the Saidia Children home, which is in Gilgil, also in the pictures are donors who have helped in raising up funds and giving generously and that is why l am dedicating this Ksh 10 Million Saidia Children Home in Gilgil.

Present in the Pictures and seated next to me is the area Madam D.O. who is a good friend and we have worked together in supporting the Children in Gilgil. Also in the pictures some of the kids without uniforms are displaced children after the elections who came seeking for assistance at the Saidia Children Home and we could not send them away, they are hosted at the home on temporary period.

I guess you get the sense how busy it was and both helping the Refugees and counseling the Post Trauma Victims of the Elections, and the dedication of the Children home, which also operates as a Rescue Mission for Sexually abused Children. About 15 years ago l began the Children ministry in Gilgil together with Mrs. Kinuthia, who is the Director of the Saidia Children home.

Dr. John Kivuva




Makerere University bans miniskirts, tights

June 10, 2008

By Richard Wanambwa, Citizen Correspondent, Kampala

Students of Makerere University Business School (MUBS) in Uganda dance ‘Ekizino’, a traditional dance, during celebrations to mark Commonwealth Day in Uganda

The authorities at Makerere University have finalised a proposal that seeks to set penalties for on-campus students who dress provocatively.

The guidelines, which are likely to be announced when the next semester begins in August, would also affect female lecturers and other administrative staff, the Students Guild said in a statement.

An offender could receive written warnings, be asked to apologise before the relevant committee or, in exceptional circumstances, even be suspended from the university.
It is understood that the university will ban tight-fitting and minimalist items of clothing, according to the statement, signed by Mr Onesimus Twinamasiko, the minister for information.

Female students, for example, will be advised to adhere to a dress code that tallies with events for which they will be in attendance. They will be advised, for example, that mini skirts have no place in the lecture rooms.

Mr John Ekudu-Adoku, the dean of students, said the policy was intended to inspire behavioural change, especially on the part of female students.

We think that rules don’t change people but once you talk to them they can change. Primetime session organised by Pastor Martin Ssempa and Go-Getters (opponents of cross-generational sex) are all involved in trying to change students, Mr Ekudu said.

Prof Livingstone Luboobi, the vice chancellor confirmed that the policy was passed by the university. The decision to introduce a sexual harassment policy, or even a dress code, was on top of Prof. Luboobi’s agenda for the university when he got the job in 2004.

But the process to implement those regulations was slow, in part because of the realisation that there were other academic priorities to tackle.

An anti-sexual harassment committee, led by Prof. Luboobi, will be tasked to hear complaints from both students and staff. It will be comprised of student leaders and representatives from both academic and administrative staff.

Prof. Apolo Nsibambi, the prime minister who is a former chancellor of Makerere University, said the policy would make it compulsory for students to act responsibly.

It is important for Makerere to initiate the policy but parents should participate, Prof Nsibambi said.
In an interview with the Daily Monitor last year, Prof. Luboobi confirmed that it was indeed true that sexual harassment happens at Makerere University.

He also revealed at the time that a professor had lost his job after an internal investigation showed he was sexually harassing his female students.

It appears that the supporters of the sexual harassment policy believe that proscribing certain types of dressing would reduce the incidents of sexual harassment.

But the policy has received mixed reactions from the student community. Ms Brenda Kasabiiti, a student of Community Psychology, said she supports the new policy.


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