Kenya: One Nurse, One Dispensary and 9,000 Patients

Joyce Mulama, The Nation, July 2, 2010 Nairobi - Kang'atotha dispensary is secluded and surrounded by the shrubs of Kang'atotha Division in the arid and semi-arid Turkana. It is a beehive of activity; patients sit on the benches waiting to be served, some groaning in pain. Others have come to collect medicine. Pregnant women sit at a corner; they have come for ante-natal care. Mothers have brought their small and crying children for immunisation. An old man is seated on the floor with a deep cut, bleeding profusely. The wound urgently needs dressing. The scene is chaotic. Julius Ekeru Lokiyoi, the nurse in-charge, and the only medical staff at the facility, is evidently overwhelmed. ... Kenya