Let us remove nostalgia from our minds

Isn’t it saddening that we often look back at the bygone years with nostalgia, and referring to them as “the good old days”? Why should life 20 years ago appear better than the present despite all the technological advancement?

I am particularly worried by my own memories of the early to mid 80s when district hospitals and dispensaries worked efficiently.

When the original planners of Nairobi City burnt the midnight oil, they were not chewing miraa or clicking wine glasses at work, they really worked. Look at the initial Nairobi estates; each was designed to be self sufficient. For example, take a trip around Ofafa Jericho, Ofafa Maringo, Jerusalem, Mbotela, Makadara or Kaloleni. Each of these estates was designed with ample provision for a shopping centre, churches, schools, a dispensary and even social halls!

A dispensary in either of these estates was well equipped and well staffed.

And should I even talk of the Pumwani Maternity hospital? How many of those who were born in Nairobi bear the stamp of Pumwani on their birth certificates? A very big percentage, I will have you know.

In those days, Pumwani worked well, unlike now when we hear stories of babies whose noses are disfigured in botched deliveries.

So, what happened? How comes residents of the above mentioned estates will now easily find themselves on a queue at Kenyatta National Hospital? KNH was designed to be a referral hospital where critical cases are posted for highly specialised care.

To its credit, the government has recently embarked on re-equipping the district hospitals and dispensaries. A major hospital is under construction in Kayole. Now, what is missing from this picture is the construction of more dispensaries in a well-calculated population to facility ratio.

It is my opinion that if we constructed more of these facilities, it would help ease pressure off Kenyatta Hospital and others, meaning that a patient with multi-drug resistant TB, for example, would get the proper attention they require to recuperate.

It is time KNH reverted to its intended purpose.

0 Replies to “Let us remove nostalgia from our minds”

  1. I agree Laura, Kenyans should start acting. It begins with you(and me). Lets act by stopping to give bribes, to speak out against ills.

  2. Laura…nice feature on your website. Anyway my point is simple. Kenyans are looking at Ruto now as a Hero. Like Artur is a BAD GUY but who wouldn’t want his autograph? Kenyan voters are everything their politicians are.

  3. The Kenya we want is one without corruption but i don’t see and end it. We have tried to be united against it, remember 2002 when Kibaki become President,but it fought back hard and won. Guys as young as 20 are now seriously discussing ways to get to parliament and government so as to get involved in highly corruption ie Trition after all once we defraud billions all we need to do is by some MPs and get an expensive lawyer.It’s a small sacrifice for the billions.

  4. How i wish more and more Kenyans got themselves engaged in the affairs of our great nation. Rally one another against relentless impunity by our leaders.
    Our leaders have lost the sense of being responsible to their employers thus continue to act recklessly in parliament (censure motion), they taint the image of our nations integrity. I dread reading news from Kenya everyday because they scream “something is not right again” and the worst is yet to come. Kenyans lets get involved in pragmatic political decisions of our nation right from our dinner tables. Lets resolve to build a better Nation on the principles of democracy. It can be done. WE CAN DO IT! I believe.

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