Maurine mumia
Posted February 25, 2010 from Kenya

I went to the a government hospital because it cheaper.Despite the fact that i was going to wait in the que for a long time but at least i would get treatment.Only to sit in the que for the first 2hours awaiting registration then for another one hour awaiting to see the doctor.

This is what a poor common woman or child goes through in a government full of unused regulations.I had a sharp pain between my pelvic born and ribcage only to be told," there is some dirt in your urinary tract so just buy the following drugs and you would be fine".I did exactly as i had been told so as to ease myself off the pain.

It is was only the beginning of a problem to be discovered later on.I obediently took the drugs never even missed a single dose until i was done with it.Only the pain to re-appear after a few days so i had to solicit for money from my closest friends and had to seek for the attention of a private doctor where i was diagnosed with kidney infections only to get half of the medication.The situation was critical that i needed an admission but i said "No i do not have enough money let me just rejuvenate at home.Thanks to God i have regained my health.All this are dire consequences of lack of information on health issues and due to lack of knowledge.

Women are made more vulnerable because of taboos and superstitions like for my case i could not tell it to my boyfriend because it is a taboo to discuss about the reproduction system openly.I there fore encourage all pulseraians to help each other as women understand our health issues well.

As long as the government addresses the issues of poverty and having kenyans get a new constitution then we will reduce the chances of many women dying due to poor diagnosis of diseases.Let the constitution stand in for the poor and not the rich and the able men!!!!!!

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  • Jade Frank
    Feb 26, 2010
    Feb 26, 2010

    Hi Maurine,

    I am sorry to hear about your infection and ineffective diagnosis and treatment by the government hospital. Thank you for sharing your personal experience - it is so important in highlighting the problems in women's health and public health in Kenya.

    You have quickly found your voice in our community and it's wonderful to have you here. I hope that you will continue to share your thoughts, experiences and issues with us - we are listening!

    Please take care Maurine. You are in my heart and thoughts.

    Hugs, Jade

  • Maurine mumia
    Feb 27, 2010
    Feb 27, 2010

    Im so much grateful to hear from you jade.i am encouraged to share.i am feeling much better and i thank God.thanks for offering me a listening.hope to make good friends with you. Hugs. Maurine

  • Cara Lee
    Feb 26, 2010
    Feb 26, 2010


    I could feel your frustration as I read your story. It seems to me that perhaps you were shuffled through the government hospital like an object on an assembly line, or you might have received better care. However, private doctors can also give incorrect diagnoses. It's awful to realize how easily you could have died from something that might have been easier to fix if it had been caught earlier, all because you couldn't afford the doctor.

    It's so sad that you can't talk openly about women's health issues. I wish more people would become open about discussing health. The human body is not evil, but an amazing miracle, and we shouldn't be ashamed to talk about it.

    Glad you're well again, Cara

  • Maurine mumia
    Feb 27, 2010
    Feb 27, 2010

    Hi cara. Its so painful that you get to a hospital nobody is attending to you.but thank God im feeling much better.i believe through pulse i will be able to gain more especially about women health issues and be able to talk about my body openly.Thanks. Hugs. Maurine

  • Nusrat Ara
    Mar 02, 2010
    Mar 02, 2010

    Dear Maurine,

    It is good to hear that you are recovering. I request you to work on spreading awareness among your sisters reagarding health issues whenever u get a chance and encourage them to talk about their problems.


  • Maurine mumia
    Mar 03, 2010
    Mar 03, 2010

    I will try my level best. Cases of women dying because of health complications are rampant.i hope i'l get a chance and an avenue for spreading the gospel on women health issues. Regards. Maurine

  • gayle kimball
    Mar 09, 2010
    Mar 09, 2010

    Dear Maurine, I'd like to know more about attitudes towards discussing reproduction, HIV, etc. Thanks for your post. Also,,,

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