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Girl born without anal opening needs urgent financial assistance

03 September 2015, 11:14 John Kioko

Kwale - A family at Mwamambi in Diani is appealing for financial assistance to go towards an operation on their child who was born without the anal opening.

The nine-year-old girl needs over KES 450 000 for the operation at Mombasa Hospital.

According to her mother, Mariam Hamadi, the girl is currently using an opening made on the stomach by doctors at the hospital some months ago.

Mariam said that the girl’s father walked out on them after realizing their daughter had a medical complication.

“I came to realize that my daughter had no anus when I started bathing her and that is when I took her to Coast general and later to Mombasa hospital where she got assistance,” she said.

Addressing journalists at her uncle’s home in Diani Wednesday, Mariam said that she needs money to cater for heart X-ray before the operation is done.

“My daughter’s complications also require that she be taking some types of food that I cannot even afford,” she added.

She said that her effort to get assistance from the county and national leadership had not yielded fruit.

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“I wanted to talk to Governor Salim Mvurya but his officials at the ward level asked me to organize for a fund drive which I cannot afford. I have been to the area MP, Suleiman Dori as well as the area MCA Omar Boga but haven't got any assistance,” said the desperate mother.

She called on well wishers to come and assist her child.

"I have been to churches, mosques and all places I thought I could be assisted but no help is forthcoming,” she added.

Ukunda business community chairman, Richard Onsongo asked county government officials to play their role in helping locals who elected them.

He said it is unfortunate that leaders are avoiding the electorates when they need them.

Youth friendly center coordinator, Mwasifa Omar said if the county government cannot handle the health docket it should give it back to the national government.

“Such a case should be addressed at the county level by our leaders and if they cannot handle it, let them surrender the health function to the national government. We don’t want our people to continue suffering,” he added.

Effort to get comments from the leaders was futile as their phones were busy at the time of going to press.

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