Connect with us

General

Latest fertility solutions clinic opens in Kenya

Published

on

Loading...


New medical technology to treat infertility has become available in Kenya in a specialised clinic that has introduced latest methods to even the most complex reproductive problems.

The Fertility Point, an IVF (In-Vitro fertilisation) State-Of-The-Art Centre affiliated to NMC Healthcare, the largest private healthcare company in the United Arab Emirates, that has 42 fertility centres worldwide, has become a reference point for many couples with reproductive issues, since it was opened in Nairobi about five months ago.

Three couples, whose names cannot be revealed due to confidentiality, explained how their fertility problems were treated using latest diagnosis and other procedures that are not available in any other hospital locally.

Each of the couples, all aged over 40, who were the initial batch of patients at Fertility Point, have now managed to conceive after having given up following failed treatment elsewhere.

Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 22163

Once they reported to the clinic at Fortis Building on Hospital Road Upperhill, the first couple was subjected to specific tests that pin-pointed what hormone treatment each would undergo, before they were guided through what is known as ‘timed intercourse’. Most fertility clinics in Kenya offer the requisite hormones therapy but lack the technology that leads to precise prescription of ‘timed intercourse’ that would guarantee conception.

For the wife, treatment she was given treatment to bring her female hormones to normal after having been born with severe hormonal imbalance, while her husband who suffered low sperm count was given booster to raise hormones to build up his sperm count.

Latest technologies

Latest ultra-sound-technology, for the first time in use in Kenya, was used to track movement of the wife’s egg cells and confirm if she had produced normal ones, once they are positioned in the fallopian tube. Oliver’s sperm cells would be monitored from the testes until they were judged fit to fertilise an egg, before his wife would be induced with hormones to release an egg cell for fertilization.

The embryos are later thawed and used in subsequent IVF cycles.

On the day that the ultra-scan confirmed the egg was positioned in the right place, under the right bodily conditions, Oliver was prepared to be in the best shape to have intercourse with his wife.

He was counselled to ensure he would not be stressed. They both had been exercising for the duration of the treatment. All tests were done on his blood to ensure he was in tip-top condition. He had been put off alcohol and fatty foods for the duration of the treatment.

His wife was also readied and checked for fitness. They were to be in their normal environment – their bedroom – and early evening, after a moderate supper, was the prescribed time for action to ensure none was fatigued. And then it was all systems go. Fifteen days after the ‘timed intercourse’ the wife was confirmed pregnant. Two months down the line, she was doing well by the time of this interview.

Loading...

Dr Sarita Sukhija, the Senior IVF Consultant and Fertility Specialist at the clinic, says the technology available at the facility has not been tested anywhere else in Kenya or the region. She says the success rate, even of the most difficult cases, is over 90 percent. Dr. Sarita is one of the few lady IVF specialist with over 19 years of experience and has performed more than 5000 IVF cycles.

Says Dr Sukhija: “In a population like Kenya, infertility among couples runs to about 20 percent, which is the global average for developing countries. Many factors contribute to infertility in males and females, which include lifestyle, like smoking and alcohol, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, stress levels, genetic predisposition, infections, age and others. Technology is now available to handle nearly all of them, even the most hopeless cases now stand a chance.”

Another of the latest technologies employed at the clinic is Laser Hatching. Dr Sukhija explains the method is used when an artificially inseminated embryo, already implanted on the wall of the uterus, fails to hatch. A laser is guided to prick the thick layer of the embryo to make it hatch and start growing.

“We have already done it Kenya to about 10 couples with great success,” says Dr Sukhija.

Also done for the first time in Kenya to enhance chances of assisted conception modern technology known as Time Lapse or Embryo-Scope.

Dr Sukhija explains this method will fully replace the old technic where, once fertilisation takes place in a test tube, specialists have to keep opening the lid manually to check the results of the embryo under a microscope, thereby exposing it to the elements. But Time Lapse now uses a locked-in camera that keeps transmitting results, negating the need to interrupt the delicate stage.

Other services offered under another most modern technology include IVI (Intra-Uterine Insemination), in which sperm is artificially introduced into the womb to meet the egg. Under this method, Dr Sukhija says, technology is now available to ‘wash’ (separate) bad, weak or deformed sperms and only leave healthy ones to make the journey to fertilisation.

Another service is genetic screening of both male and female reproductive cells and removal of material that can cause harm to the growing embryo.

It is also now possible to tell the gender of the embryo within three days after fertilization, which enables specialists to isolate ay gender-specific material that could be harmful in future.

The clinic also offers freezing of reproductive cells – sperm, ova or embryo – for various reasons as a couple may desire.

Single people who may want to harvest their egg or sperm to await the right mate to have a baby with, can rent a freezing unit where the cells can be preserved for even upto 20 years, in negative 196 degrees Fahrenheit conditions.

Other reasons for freezing the cells may include sickness that could ruin chances of reproduction in future, desire for delayed parenthood or the need to donate to childless couples. When reproduction is finally needed, IVI or IVF may be used.

Mr. Ashok Mehta, the Vice President – Strategic Business Expansion & Corporate Affairs says Fertility Point is committed to offering innovative and quality solutions to infertility in Kenya and across Africa.



Loading...

General

Sordid tale of the bank ‘that would bribe God’

Published

on

Loading...

Bank of Credit and Commerce International. August 1991. [File, Standard]

“This bank would bribe God.” These words of a former employee of the disgraced Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) sum up one of the most rotten global financial institutions.
BCCI pitched itself as a top bank for the Third World, but its spectacular collapse would reveal a web of transnational corruption and a playground for dictators, drug lords and terrorists.
It was one of the largest banks cutting across 69 countries and its aftermath would cause despair to innocent depositors, including Kenyans.
BCCI, which had $20 billion (Sh2.1 trillion in today’s exchange rate) assets globally, was revealed to have lost more than its entire capital.
The bank was founded in 1972 by the crafty Pakistani banker Agha Hasan Abedi.
He was loved in his homeland for his charitable acts but would go on to break every rule known to God and man.
In 1991, the Bank of England (BoE) froze its assets, citing large-scale fraud running for several years. This would see the bank cease operations in multiple countries. The Luxembourg-based BCCI was 77 per cent owned by the Gulf Emirate of Abu Dhabi.  
BoE investigations had unearthed laundering of drugs money, terrorism financing and the bank boasted of having high-profile customers such as Panama’s former strongman Manual Noriega as customers.
The Standard, quoting “highly placed” sources reported that Abu Dhabi ruler Sheikh Zayed Sultan would act as guarantor to protect the savings of Kenyan depositors.
The bank had five branches countrywide and panic had gripped depositors on the state of their money.
Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) would then move to appoint a manager to oversee the operations of the BCCI operations in Kenya.
It sent statements assuring depositors that their money was safe.
The Standard reported that the Sheikh would be approaching the Kenyan and other regional subsidiaries of the bank to urge them to maintain operations and assure them of his personal support.
It was said that contact between CBK and Abu Dhabi was “likely.”
This came as the British Ambassador to the UAE Graham Burton implored the gulf state to help compensate Britons, and the Indian government also took similar steps.
The collapse of BCCI was, however, not expect to badly hit the Kenyan banking system. This was during the sleazy 1990s when Kenya’s banking system was badly tested. It was the era of high graft and “political banks,” where the institutions fraudulently lent to firms belonging or connected to politicians, who were sometimes also shareholders.
And even though the impact was expected to be minimal, it was projected that a significant number of depositors would transfer funds from Asian and Arab banks to other local institutions.
“Confidence in Arab banking has taken a serious knock,” the “highly placed” source told The Standard.
BCCI didn’t go down without a fight. It accused the British government of a conspiracy to bring down the Pakistani-run bank.  The Sheikh was said to be furious and would later engage in a protracted legal battle with the British.
“It looks to us like a Western plot to eliminate a successful Muslim-run Third World Bank. We know that it often acted unethically. But that is no excuse for putting it out of business, especially as the Sultan of Abu Dhabi had agreed to a restructuring plan,” said a spokesperson for British Asians.
A CBK statement signed by then-Deputy Governor Wanjohi Murithi said it was keenly monitoring affairs of the mother bank and would go to lengths to protect Kenyan depositors.
“In this respect, the CBK has sought and obtained the assurance of the branch’s management that the interests of depositors are not put at risk by the difficulties facing the parent company and that the bank will meet any withdrawal instructions by depositors in the normal course of business,” said Mr Murithi.
CBK added that it had maintained surveillance of the local branch and was satisfied with its solvency and liquidity.
This was meant to stop Kenyans from making panic withdrawals.
For instance, armed policemen would be deployed at the bank’s Nairobi branch on Koinange Street after the bank had announced it would shut its Kenyan operations.
In Britain, thousands of businesses owned by British Asians were on the verge of financial ruin following the closure of BCCI.
Their firms held almost half of the 120,000 bank accounts registered with BCCI in Britain. 
The African Development Bank was also not spared from this mess, with the bulk of its funds deposited and BCCI and stood to lose every coin.
Criminal culture
In Britain, local authorities from Scotland to the Channel Islands are said to have lost over £100 million (Sh15.2 billion in today’s exchange rate).
The biggest puzzle remained how BCCI was allowed by BoE and other monetary regulation authorities globally to reach such levels of fraudulence.
This was despite the bank being under tight watch owing to the conviction of some of its executives on narcotics laundering charges in the US.
Coast politician, the late Shariff Nassir, would claim that five primary schools in Mombasa lost nearly Sh1 million and appealed to then Education Minister George Saitoti to help recover the savings. Then BoE Governor Robin Leigh-Pemberton condemned it as so deeply immersed in fraud that rescue or recovery – at least in Britain – was out of the question.
“The culture of the bank is criminal,” he said. The bank was revealed to have targeted the Third World and had created several “institutional devices” to promote its operations in developing countries.
These included the Third World Foundation for Social and Economic Studies, a British-registered charity.
“It allowed it to cultivate high-level contacts among international statesmen,” reported The Observer, a British newspaper.
BCCI also arranged an annual Third World lecture and a Third World prize endowment fund of about $10 million (Sh1 billion in today’s exchange rate).
Winners of the annual prize had included Nelson Mandela (1985), sir Bob Geldof (1986) and Archbishop Desmond Tutu (1989).
[email protected]    

Loading...

Monitor water pumps remotely via your phone

Tracking and monitoring motor vehicles is not new to Kenyans. Competition to install affordable tracking devices is fierce but essential for fleet managers who receive reports online and track vehicles from the comfort of their desk.

Loading...
Continue Reading

General

Agricultural Development Corporation Chief Accountant Gerald Karuga on the Spot Over Fraud –

Published

on

Loading...

Gerald Karuga, the acting chief accountant at the Agricultural Development Corporation (ADC), is on the spot over fraud in land dealings.

ADC was established in 1965 through an Act of Parliament Cap 346 to facilitate the land transfer programme from European settlers to locals after Kenya gained independence.

Karuga is under fire for allegedly aiding a former powerful permanent secretary in the KANU era Benjamin Kipkulei to deprive ADC beneficiaries of their land in Naivasha.

Kahawa Tungu understands that the aggrieved parties continue to protest the injustice and are now asking the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to probe Karuga.

A source who spoke to Weekly Citizen publication revealed that Managing Director Mohammed Dulle is also involved in the mess at ADC.

Read: Ministry of Agriculture Apologizes After Sending Out Tweets Portraying the President in bad light

Dulle is accused of sidelining a section of staffers in the parastatal.

The sources at ADC intimated that Karuga has been placed strategically at ADC to safeguard interests of many people who acquired the corporations’ land as “donations” from former President Daniel Arap Moi.

Despite working at ADC for many years Karuga has never been transferred, a trend that has raised eyebrows.

“Karuga has worked here for more than 30 years and unlike other senior officers in other parastatals who are transferred after promotion or moved to different ministries, for him, he has stuck here for all these years and we highly suspect that he is aiding people who were dished out with big chunks of land belonging to the corporation in different parts of the country,” said the source.

In the case of Karuga safeguarding Kipkulei’s interests, workers at the parastatals and the victims who claim to have lost their land in Naivasha revealed that during the Moi regime some senior officials used dubious means to register people as beneficiaries of land without their knowledge and later on colluded with rogue land officials at the Ministry of Lands to acquire title deeds in their names instead of those of the benefactors.

Read Also: Galana Kulalu Irrigation Scheme To Undergo Viability Test Before Being Privatised

Loading...

“We have information that Karuga has benefitted much from Kipkulei through helping him and this can be proved by the fact that since the matter of the Naivasha land began, he has been seen changing and buying high-end vehicles that many people of his rank in government can’t afford to buy or maintain,” the source added.

“He is even building a big apartment for rent in Ruiru town.”

The wealthy officer is valued at over Sh1.5 billion in prime properties and real estate.

Last month, more than 100 squatters caused scenes in Naivasha after raiding a private firm owned by Kipkulei.

The squatters, who claimed to have lived on the land for more than 40 years, were protesting take over of the land by a private developer who had allegedly bought the land from the former PS.

They pulled down a three-kilometre fence that the private developed had erected.

The squatters claimed that the former PS had not informed them that he had sold the land and that the developer was spraying harmful chemicals on the grass affecting their livestock and homes built on a section of the land.

Read Also: DP Ruto Wants NCPB And Other Agricultural Bodies Merged For Efficiency

Naivasha Deputy County Commissioner Kisilu Mutua later issued a statement warning the squatters against encroaching on Kipkuleir’s land.

“They are illegally invading private land. We shall not allow the rule of the jungle to take root,” warned Mutua.

Meanwhile, a parliamentary committee recently demanded to know identities of 10 faceless people who grabbed 30,350 acres of land belonging to the parastatal, exposing the rot at the corporation.

ADC Chairman Nick Salat, who doubles up as the KANU party Secretary-General, denied knowledge of the individuals and has asked DCI to probe the matter.

Email your news TIPS to [email protected] or WhatsApp +254708677607. You can also find us on Telegram through www.t.me/kahawatungu

Loading...
Continue Reading

General

William Ruto eyes Raila Odinga Nyanza backyard

Published

on

Loading...

Deputy President William Ruto will next month take his ‘hustler nation’ campaigns to his main rival, ODM leader Raila Odinga’s Nyanza backyard, in an escalation of the 2022 General Election competition.

Acrimonious fall-out

Development agenda

Won’t bear fruit

Loading...
Continue Reading
Advertisement
Loading...
Advertisement
Loading...

Trending

Kenyan Tribune