Conjestina Achieng’s condition revealed


Veteran Kenyan boxer, Conjestina Achieng’, is responding well to treatment at a Nairobi rehabilitation facility, NACADA Board member Vincent Muasya, alias Chipukeezy, says.

Conjestina Achieng’ was admitted to rehab on November 2, 2018 after her plight was highlighted on social media.

“She is in a good rehabilitation centre, which has been inspected several times and accredited by the National Authority For The Campaign Against Alcohol And Drug Abuse (NACADA),” Chipukeezy told EDAILY on phone.

“A multidisciplinary team is offering her quality and comprehensive care. I would say she is responding well to treatment, though she has a long way to go. According to the doctors attending to her, Conjestina’s current condition is 70 per cent attributed to mental instability. Though she remains quite unstable, she is showing every sign of improving. The ex-boxer is enrolled to the facility for one year,” said Chipukeezy.

The comedian, who was appointed to the NACADA board by President Uhuru Kenyatta in June, 2018, says the Nairobi County Government is “fully taking care of the former boxer’s medical bills and welfare”.

Conjestina was, in the past admitted to several rehab centres, including Mathari Mental Hospital and the Foundation of Hope Rehabilitation Centre in Kisumu, where she did not fully recover.

According to Dr. Javan Ochieng’, who attended to her at the Foundation of Hope Rehabilitation Centre – between January, 2016 and May, 2016 – Conjestina received treatment for clinical depression and marijuana dependency.

Conjestina’s elder brother William Ochieng in May, 2016 said the ex-boxer was causing panic among family members after she confiscated several pangas from primary school going children, who had just turned up for Term Two. No one was injured in the incident.

Mr Ochieng’ told EDAILY on phone Tuesday that since Conjestina was flown to Nairobi on November 2, “no one has called, or gotten back to us. We are in the dark concerning her progress. We only hope and believe that all is well”.

EDAILY reached Hashim Kamau, who is a member of Nairobi County Sports Management Board, for comment.

“It is not true that we haven’t gotten back to Conjestina’s family. If anything, her 23-year-old son regularly visits her in hospital. And, as you know, a rehab centre is not like a normal hospital; there are a lot of restrictions, which limit contact with patients. But, we try to ensure her son visits her as much as possible. Her family, including her sister, is regularly updated on the ex-boxer’s progress. Actually, her younger sister just left Nairobi for Siaya last Saturday. All that while, she was able to visit Conjestina in hospital,” said Kamau.

Kamau is also the Member of County Assembly for California Ward and Minority chief whip in Nairobi City.

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