• Irũngũ Houghton

Statement at the funeral service of Alex Madaga, Saturday 24th October 2015


The statement was on behalf of the Health NGO’s Network (HENNET), Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network on HIV and AIDS (KELIN) and the Society for International Development (SID)

The Health NGO’s Network (HENNET), Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network on HIV and AIDS (KELIN) and the Society for International Development (SID) expresses its deepest condolences to the widow, son and community of Alex Madaga today in Isitsi village, Vihiga County.

Alex should not have died in this way. His death is both tragic and an injustice. Was his death meaningless though? Can we find sense in what has happened? His death has not been meaningless. Today we honour the power of one. If it had not been for Alex Madaga, the Council of Governors would not have committed to upgrade most of the county hospitals. Members of Parliament would have been pressed to accelerate and pass the Health Bill 2014 currently in Parliament. Nairobi Governor Dr. Evans Kidero would not have ordered his County Government to launch investigations into public and private hospitals that do not admit emergency patients. He would not have threatened not to renew their licenses if they do not have a policy of emergency care. For all this we can thank Alex Madaga for. I ask McDonald to never forget this. His father’s death has had a national impact and he can be proud of this.

Today we can also honour also others with the power of one. Cousin Oliver Esemere who called Nation journalist Eunice Kilonzo who woke up the nation. We can honour Brian Odhiambo, the para-medic who accompanied Alex on a journey that could have taken him from Nairobi to Mombasa and back.

We will continue to keep Alex’s widow Jesca and son McDonald in our thoughts and plans. We will follow up with the various actions being taken including the Senate enquiry, the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board investigation and the CORD legal case. We were very glad that the Medical Board confirmed the widow’s allegation that the Coptic Hospital and Kenyatta National Hospital were negligent and hence had a case to answer.

Lastly, we call on our Members of Parliament to consider the Health Bill the Madaga Bill and hasten it’s passing through National Assembly. Many other Kenyans have died and will still die without the legal protection it offers. The Health NGO’s Network (HENNET), Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network on HIV and AIDS (KELIN) and the Society for International Development (SID) expresses its deepest condolences to the widow, son and community of Alex Madaga today in Isitsi village, Vihiga County.

Ends.

The statement was carried partially by The Star http://goo.gl/GPYrXq

The funeral was covered by the following media houses

K24 coverage on Alex Madaga’s funeral: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10-LR6ZIWuw

http://ntv.nation.co.ke/news/national/-/2725528/2929148/-/x8qsl9z/-/index.html

https://citizentv.co.ke/news/alex-madaga-laid-to-rest-103979/

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