Johnson Sakaja to Clear Dusit Attack Survivor Emmanuel Omalla's Medical Bill
Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja, on Sunday, promised to clear Ksh100,000 medical bill for Emmanuel Omalla, a delivery man who was caught in the Dusit Riverside attack on January 15.
Sakaja's promise came after Omalla revealed to Citizen TV that he had struck a deal with the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH), which would see him clear his medical bills by paying Ksh3,000 every month for the next two years and four months.
More so, Omalla disclosed that he had been forced to stay in the hospital for ten days until he paid Ksh15,000 for him to be discharged.
Omalla recounted how on that fateful day, he tried to escape and hide under a chair but the terrorists got to him and shot him seven times in the back and on the stomach.
He disclosed that he had to pretend he was dead and that's when they left him. The security personnel rescued him afterwards and rushed him to the hospital.
Two days after he had been admitted at the KNH, Deputy President (DP) William Ruto assured Kenyans that the government would foot the medical bills of all victims that didn't have medical insurance.
The DP, together with other government officials including, Elgeyo-Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, Health Cabinet Secretary (CS) Sicily Kariuki, Education CS Amina Mohammed all visited him at the hospital and assured him that he would be taken care of.
To his dismay, the 21-year-old was informed by the hospital that he would have to cater for the medical bills himself since the government only paid bills for national disaster victims.
"Si ni kitu imefanyika. Na hata ilikua aired nje kila mtu anajua. Tukajua tu serikali juu ata DP alikua amepromise atatulipia. So kidogo ndio wakaanza kutuambia wakasema hio haikua national disaster. For it to be called national disatser, ni lazima watu sitini na wafariki," Omalla lamented.
His father Paul Omalla also expressed disappointment in the government when he was told that he had to foot his son's medical bill.
"Kwa hivyo mzee enda ujipange ulipe deni. Kaka nilisononeka sana hadi nikalia machozi" he decried.
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