Sickness has struck Future Stars once again as three of our residential children have become unwell in recent days. Whilst illnesses are nothing out of the ordinary all over the world, there are some extra risks to life in Kibera and treating disease can also be much harder due to poor sanitation and the close proximity in which everyone lives.

Three teenage boys: Shadrack, Christopher and Kevin have all made visits to the hospital for a variety of ailments.

Christopher Ochieng

15-year-old Christopher was taken, by Lorna (the matron of Future Stars) to the local government hospital. There, he was diagnosed with chicken pox.
In Kenya, children are routinely vaccinated against the zoster virus that causes chicken pox. However, for children of the slum, participation in vaccination programmes is rare and is almost unheard of for unregistered children (those without a birth certificate). Sadly, Christopher never received the vaccination.
Christopher was immediately isolated. However, the virus is contagious for two weeks prior to the appearance of spots so it was likely that he had already passed the zoster virus to others. We could only watch and wait to see what happened next.
Christopher’s medical bill came to 700 shillings.

Christopher Ochieng

15-year-old Christopher was taken, by Lorna (the matron of Future Stars) to the local government hospital. There, he was diagnosed with chicken pox.
In Kenya, children are routinely vaccinated against the zoster virus that causes chicken pox. However, for children of the slum, participation in vaccination programmes is rare and is almost unheard of for unregistered children (those without a birth certificate). Sadly, Christopher never received the vaccination.
Christopher was immediately isolated. However, the virus is contagious for two weeks prior to the appearance of spots so it was likely that he had already passed the zoster virus to others. We could only watch and wait to see what happened next.
Christopher’s medical bill came to 700 shillings.

Kevin Ochoki

On March 7th, 13-year-old Kevin Ochoki complained of feeling unwell. He was taken to the local government hospital but, unfortunately, they had already reached their quota of patients for the day so he was turned away. This meant taking him to a private clinic to avoid having to wait until the following day to try again at the government hospital.
After tests, Kevin Ochoki was diagnosed with pneumonia. He was provided with medication and ordered to get some rest. He returned to Future Stars where he will be monitored during his recovery. It is anticipated that he will improve slowly over the next couple of weeks. He will need to stay out of school for much of this time.
Kevin’s medical bill came to 4300 shillings.

Shadrack Ombogi

15-year-old Shadrack also complained of feeling ill the morning of 7th March. Along with Kevin Ochoki, he was taken to the government hospital and then to a private clinic. Following tests, he was diagnosed with malaria and also with chicken pox. As Shadrack shares a bedroom with Christopher (who developed chicken pox just a week previous) it was always likely that he would succumb to the same disease. However, contracting malaria at the same time is worrying as it places extra stress on his immune system.
Shadrack was provided with medication to treat the malaria and also sent home to Future Stars to rest and recover.
Shadrack’s medical bill came to 3950 shillings.

Shadrack Ombogi

15-year-old Shadrack also complained of feeling ill the morning of 7th March. Along with Kevin Ochoki, he was taken to the government hospital and then to a private clinic. Following tests, he was diagnosed with malaria and also with chicken pox. As Shadrack shares a bedroom with Christopher (who developed chicken pox just a week previous) it was always likely that he would succumb to the same disease. However, contracting malaria at the same time is worrying as it places extra stress on his immune system.
Shadrack was provided with medication to treat the malaria and also sent home to Future Stars to rest and recover.
Shadrack’s medical bill came to 3950 shillings.

The cost of treatment

In total, the medical bill for the three boys currently stands at 8950 shillings. This is approximately £70.
Emergency medical costs are something that it’s difficult to plan for. Thankfully, Chaffinch is able to hold a reserve for times such as this. However, that reserve always needs to be replenished to ensure we can react quickly the next time a child becomes unwell.
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