Bedridden Kenyan PM getting better

June 30, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 30 – Doctors treating Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Wednesday said that he would take some time before he resumes normal duties.

Neurosurgeon Dr Oluoch-Olunya said that the PM who was to remain hospitalised for the next four days would need some rest at home after being discharged from Nairobi hospital. He however assured that the Premier was responding well to treatment.

“The PM had a good night last night, woke up this morning brighter, we were able to change his dressing, everything has been removed and he is not in any pain,” the doctor said.

“We have taken off all the drips and all his medication now will be oral, he has had the opportunity to do exercises this morning and as far as we are concerned he is moving according to plan,” said Dr Olunya.

He said that the visiting hours had been limited to two hours a day- one hour in the morning and another hour in the evening- to allow the PM take ample rest.

“Whoever comes to see him will only be allowed for short periods of time because we want him to recover appropriately. We are emphasising that he should be given a chance to rest and we are restricting the number of visitors to see him,” he said.

The doctor confirmed that the PM was suffering from a chronic subdural haematoma which he said was a delayed blood clot outside the surface of the brain.

Government Spokesman, Dr Alfred Mutua said the PM urged the team working on the Green campaign not to relent on the campaigns.

“The Prime Minister is very keen and would like to communicate to the country that he wants the team that is on the ground especially working to get a new Constitution to push on and not to stop and that he hopes to join them very soon,” Dr Mutua said.

The PM was hospitalised at the Nairobi hospital on Monday evening where he underwent head surgery to relieve build-up of pressure near his brain. The doctors said that the Premier had hit his head against the door of his car about three weeks ago.


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