Sick aban­doned as Kenyan doc­tors’ strike con­tin­ues

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

Sick Kenyans were turned away from hos­pi­tals, and pa­tients left stranded in their wards as a crip­pling strike by doc­tors and nurses de­mand­ing pay rises en­tered a sec­ond day yes­ter­day. Sev­eral pa­tients are re­ported to have died as a re­sult of lack of care in pub­lic hos­pi­tals, many of which are com­pletely un­staffed. Kenyans have been di­rected to pri­vate clin­ics that are un­af­ford­able to the ma­jor­ity of the pop­u­la­tion.

“We have had a lot of pa­tients leav­ing our fa­cil­ity be­cause we have no ser­vices of­fered due to the on­go­ing strike,” said David Muk­abi, the su­per­in­ten­dent in charge of Bu­sia hos­pi­tal in western Kenya. He said a 24-year-old pa­tient had died on Mon­day night as a re­sult of the stay­away. Mean­while two women died at the Port Vic­to­ria Hos­pi­tal in western Bu­dalangi. “Two pa­tients died last night ... be­cause of the strike be­cause there was no one to at­tend to them,” said an of­fi­cial at the hos­pi­tal. Lo­cal me­dia re­ported tales of pa­tients suf­fer­ing burns or in labour left stranded in front of hos­pi­tals. At one hos­pi­tal in western Kenya a se­cu­rity guard had to help a woman give birth, while in an­other an or­phaned child was left alone in an empty ward with no par­ents to or­gan­ise her trans­fer, The Stan­dard daily re­ported.

At RISD (of­ten spo­ken as “RIZ’-dee”) on Mon­day, Ste­wart donned the new suit to see how it fit, how he moved in it and how well the ven­ti­la­tion and ra­dio com­mu­ni­ca­tions worked. Gif­ford was an ob­server, along with a NASA space­suit en­gi­neer who will pro­vide feed­back to en­sure that the de­sign best re­sem­bles the ar­chi­tec­ture of suits NASA may use for fu­ture ex­plo­ration mis­sions. It was the suit’s first rig­or­ous test. Ste­wart said that the ven­ti­la­tion kept him cool and that the suit re­stricted his move­ment like a real suit would.

“It’s great to fi­nally be able to put on a full suit and be able to walk around, be able to move in it,” Ste­wart said. “It makes me feel a lot more like an as­tro­naut.” The white suit is made of heavy-duty ny­lon fab­ric; car­bon fiber that forms a hard shell for the up­per torso area; and foam that repli­cates the pres­sur­iza­tion of an ac­tual suit. It comes in 16 pieces; com­po­nents can be re­placed or re­sized eas­ily to fit the short and the tall. It weighs about 50 pounds.

Work be­gan af­ter Gif­ford told Michael Lye, the ad­junct fac­ulty mem­ber who co­or­di­nates projects between the school and NASA, about the op­por­tu­nity to make a more re­al­is­tic suit. Gif­ford said the new suit is great, es­pe­cially its mod­u­lar­ity, be­cause it will fit whomever is on the crew, though the ex­te­rior ven­ti­la­tion tubes will have to go in­side the suit so they don’t get caught on some­thing or crushed. The suit, the only one RISD made, will be shipped to HISEAS, Lye said. The ma­te­ri­als for the suit cost about $10,000, paid for with grants from the HI-SEAS pro­gram and the Rhode Is­land Space Grant Con­sor­tium, Lye said. Stu­dents in the in­dus­trial de­sign and ap­parel de­sign pro­grams worked on it. RISD is one of the coun­try’s top art and de­sign schools and has a large in­dus­trial de­sign depart­ment. It has worked with NASA be­fore, in­clud­ing on a project to de­sign space gloves. — AP

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