70-Yr-Old Man Abandoned in Streets 5 Months After Leaving Hospital

  • A collage of Joseph Mureithi on the streets of Kiambu town (left) and a building at the Kiambu Level 5 Hospital (right)
    A collage of Joseph Mureithi on the streets of Kiambu town (left) and a building at the Kiambu Level 5 Hospital (right)
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  • A 70-year-old man identified as Joseph Muriethi in Kiambu town was allegedly dumped in the streets five months after receiving treatment at the Kiambu Level Five Hospital.

    According to the man, he worked in Taita Taveta but could not return home after being discharged. In addition, he lamented that none of his family members looked for him at the hospital.

    "When they discharged me, two doctors placed me here," the man lamented.

    "I just seat hear and wait for help from wherever," Mureithi added.

    Joseph Mureithi on the streets of Kiambu town on Tuesday, January 24, 2023
    Joseph Mureithi on the streets of Kiambu town on Tuesday, January 24, 2023
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    The elderly man lives under a tree on the street, relying on wellwishers for basic needs like food and water.

    His belongings closely barricade him on the road as he lays on a blanket to avoid the cold concrete floor.

    According to Mureithi, he used to work at a sisal farm since the era of the late President Mwai Kibaki.

    Area residents called upon the county governor, Kimani Wamatangi, and other leaders to intervene and reunite the man with his family.

    They argued that it was inhumane for the elderly man to be subjected to the cold streets, yet officials in the county could aid him.

    "From August 2022 until now, this man has been here. I appeal to the government to help him find a place to stay," one resident suggested.

    On Wednesday, January 4, the government released Ksh8.5 billion for the elderly, orphaned children, and people living with severe disabilities in the country.

    Over 1 million Kenyans will each receive Ksh8,000 for the July-August and September-October 2022 cycles.

    "The objective of the program is to provide regular and predictable cash transfers to vulnerable older persons in identified households," the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection announced.

    The elderly queuing for cash payments under the social protection programme.
    The elderly queuing for cash payments under the social protection programme.
    Daily Nation