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 Impact of the Youth and Adolescents Open Day

By Richard Korgoren

It was on Saturday 6th October 2018, the youth from various colleges and universities converged at Outspan Medical College grounds for the Youths and Adolescence Open Day. The theme was "JITAMBUE, JIKUBALI".

Various speakers including our guest of the day Mr. Tatende Chikwekwe, speak to the youth on the topic Identity and Acceptance in line with our theme for this year's event. The speeches are followed by a Mental Health Awareness Walk from the OMC grounds to Nyamachaki. It has been a long time since I walked such a long distance by foot. We walk along all the way to Nyeri town. By the time we reach the centre of the town, I developed signs of Hypoglycemia and had to pull myself aside to buy an orange. The other procession proceeds as I remain aside. Now there were two gentlemen who were trailing way behind. These were students from a certain university. They come over and greet me. They introduce themselves and I do the same. One of them narrated his story;

"This is my 6th year in campus. I have taken 2 more years because I was feeling lost ". I am feeling relieved today". He went on to explain to me the whole of his life and what he has been harbouring inside. "We are taught not to face our demons. Everyone around us runs away from theirs so our first instinct is to do the same with ours because people learn from what they see. It has taken me about a decade to face myself". He concluded. The rest of the story will be concealed for confidentiality reasons.

My recommendation is: The youth are facing deep rooted issues and they have no one to share with. That Saturday forum was a one day event in a year but it saved a soul. I highly recommend such events be organized every trimester instead of on once in a year.

Richard Korgoren
HOD, Nursing Department - OMC 

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Dennis-Munene-OMC-AlumniDennis Munene - Clinical Medicine and Surgery Alumni
Class of 2013

"I made a decision to be enrolled in Outspan Medical College back in 13th September 2010. I got enrolled to pursue Clinical Medicine, Surgery and Community Health. I was among the students who pioneered the course at Outspan Medical College. I remember vividly when the college principal advised us that not all students who set up the journey in clinical medicine make it to the final year. The first trimester was like a cartoon network program where we would laugh listening to the strange medical terms. I worked hard to avoid the pitfalls of supplementary exams. It was also through inspiration from my tutors and mentors that I was able to make it through the course.

In the second year I was among the students who vied for the student representative council treasurer position and clinched it successfully. This motivated me since I felt that my fellow students acknowledged I have leadership skills. This was a valuable experience since I learnt leadership and managerial skills. In November 2013 I was awarded a Diploma in Clinical Medicine, Surgery and Community Health and I was posted to Gatundu District Hospital for internship. I managed going through my compulsory one year internship from December 2013 to December 2014. The knowledge, skills and experiences learnt at Outspan Medical College came in handy when I went for my internship. Today I am proud to stand up and declare that I am what I am because of the experience I gained during my training at OMC. It has taught me to tackle life and know that life is all about taking risks. I advise all ambitious people to take up one idea, make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. This is the way to success. I was first employed at Baricho Catholic Health Centre in Kirinyaga County as a clinical officer and soon was promoted to the Clinical Officer In-charge position after three months of employment. I worked for a year and in 2016 I received a lucrative job offer from the Lifeline Group of Hospitals in Nairobi. I transferred and was taken to one of their new branch startups.

I started with three to five patients per day but I felt that wasn't enough. I applied all the skills, knowledge and acknowledged God daily so that my employer would feel my impact. I set out to enhance customer experience, improved the quality of service and excelled in communication skills. Soon the number of clients started increasing and today the number of clients ranges seventy to eighty per day. As I sit, I am now overseeing all the branch operations both administrative and clinical. I look back and thank the minds which advised me to take a medical course and to those who saw to it that I graduated successfully.

I am now an active alumni association member of Outspan Medical College. I have set out to mentor other students from the college as a living example of how a solid base developed through a medical course can offer one a promising and solid future."

 

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Moses Peter Kibet - Clinical Medicine and Surgery Alumni
Class of 2016

 

His is a story that intertwines itself with the great vision and purpose that defines Outspan Medical College with regards to nurturing young medical professionals.

Hailing from remote West Pokot County, Peter Kibet has had to struggle to get to where he is. He scored a B- at Ortum High School. He missed joining a public university and his dream career to pursue a course in medicine. His father passed away in 1993 forcing his mother to relocate to Uganda. It was hard to acquire school fees. Not to be discouraged, he applied for a course in clinical medicine at Kenya Medical Training College but for two years he could not succeed. He had waited long enough. He went online and that is when he came across Outspan Medical College.

"When I reported to Outspan in September 2012, I proceeded to the principal's office to explain my dire financial situation. I didn't even have documents because I hadn't cleared my high school fees at the time. The principal agreed to give me an admission number." During my second year when I was struggling with fees and affording basic items, I had approached the Executive Director - Dr. Kiruhi, for a temporary job. He thought I was asking for a position in the hospital but actually, I was looking for a job to be grazing his animals and sustain myself. Dr. Kiruhi told me first I needed papers!" He says jokingly.

In 2016, he was licensed to practice as a clinical officer. There was an interview at Outspan Hospital in April of 2017. He passed and got a job. His ever burning ambition to become a medical doctor kept on gnawing at him. He sought advice from his mentors who advised him to go to Mbarara University in Uganda. At Mbarara University, a clinical officer can be admitted to study medicine for four years. They acknowledge your clinical medicine diploma. "I plan to join Mbarara University to study medicine at the beginning of 2021 after saving enough tuition fees and then come for my internship in Kenya and then finally study surgery."

As a parting shot, Kibet says that one should always have passion and vision. "I always had a paper written 'Dr. Kibet' in my wallet. I saw myself as a doctor from the beginning."

 

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lydia-wanjiru-omc-alumni“My ambition to become a registered nurse took 19 years to achieve. I sat for my O level exams in 1995. I waited eagerly for the results which would enable me to pursue my dream career as a nurse. To my disappointment, I had the required mean grade but had failed in Mathematics.

I searched for ways and means for me to enroll in nursing school to no avail. But my burning desire was to become a nurse. The desire was so strong that I decided to study Medical Laboratory to justify me to be near a hospital. But that did not satisfy my urge. I must be a nurse somehow? I had convinced myself.

I had sat for my KCSE 15 years earlier and the only option for me that I discovered was to bridge Mathematics. It was difficult for me to think of sitting in class again, I was already married and expecting our second-born baby, I got disheartened. I became a housewife engaging in routine house chores from morning to evening. Yet I believed I was made by God to be a nurse. I decided to apply for a medical course in the then newly opened Outspan Medical College.

A letter of admission came from Outspan but it was for a pharmaceutical certificate course! The college administration advised me to follow my heart and bridge Mathematics. I applied for the bridging course, and back to class to do Mathematics. After sitting for the KCPE exams, I passed and enrolled for Diploma in Kenya Registered Nursing in the year 2011 at Outspan Medical College.

I studied with a lot of challenges. I was expected to play the multiple roles of mother, wife and student every day. Thanks to a supportive husband, in the year 2014, I qualified to be a registered nurse to work anywhere in and outside the country. My advice to those who are yet to choose a career is to choose a medical career and you will never regret. The moment I received my license, I walked into the office of the Human Resource Manager at The Outspan Hospital and came out with an invitation for a job interview. I sailed through the interview easily. I am now transforming lives through my career as a nurse at The Outspan Hospital.”

 

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Common Conditions Affecting the Testis: Cryptochidism

By Dr. Wambugu J. M. MBChB

They make Adam, Adam. The prime distinguishing factor between HIM and HER. The two crown jewels. The hanging buddies. The testicles, simply testis. As we celebrate Men’s Health Month, we take a brief look at common conditions that affect this all-important pair down there.

Cryptochidism (Undescended or Mal-descended Testis)
Let’s all take a minute, and confirm that we can feel the two pearls in their usual position. More so in the very young men out there. Early in life, before birth actually, the testis start developing inside the abdomen. In a very complex yet meticulous process, they begin their migration downwards from around week 9 of life. At birth, both testis are in their correct position in about 97% of all men. In small portion, they continue descending during the first year of life. In about 1% of the young men, either one or both testis are not palpable (felt) in the scrotum even after the first year of life. They may be retractile (occasionally felt but other times they move up), located around the groin along their ‘migration route’, or not palpable at all (abdominal or absent). These warrant medical attention.

What are the risks associated with undescended/ mal-descended testis? It affects sperm production and hence impairs fertility, increased chances of trauma and injury and makes it difficult to pick out other abnormalities that may develop on the two gentlemen.

Treatment for a pair that is not down there? Surgery. A relatively simple surgery known as orchidopexy, which involves loosening some of the structures that suspend the pair, translocating them to the right place and fixing them in the scrotum. Ideally done early in life around the age of 1 year. This helps in preserving fertility. But even for those in whom the condition is diagnosed later, surgery is still beneficial in that it minimizes the risk of trauma and aids in early detection of other pathologies that may affect our beloved testis.

So, next time let’s ensure we have felt the pair for all our men, especially the young ones.

Dr. Wambugu J. M. MBChB, Outspan Hospital

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