Opposition MPs, led by Mbita legislator Millie Odhiambo, have pledged to help former media personality Louis Otieno regain his health after he lost his hearing ability.
Speaking at Orange House in Nairobi during ODM Party’s National Governing Council function on Friday, February 23, Ms Odhiambo said she and other Opposition MPs would pool resources to ensuring that Mr Otieno gets hearing aid devices.
“Our attention has been brought to the plight of Louis Otieno, who was a top media personality in Kenya, and we want to say as concerned Members of Parliament that we are going to support him in whichever way little way that we can,” said Ms Odhiambo.
“So, we are going to start an initiative to help the family and his friends, who have come out to help (sic),” she added.
Louis Otieno’s health plight hit media headlines recently, when his family revealed that he was suffering from acute pancreatitis.
Mr Otieno has been in and out of hospital in the last few years.
The Louis Otieno Medical Fund was launched on Friday, February 16 by a committee formed to raise funds to help in offsetting the medical bills. The committee said Louis lost his hearing while in hospital.
“Efforts to get his hearing fixed including using hearing aids have not been successful,” the committee said. “During this period, he has not been able to engage in any gainful income generating activities which has been strenuous for him and family.”
The only way his hearing can be fixed is by having a procedure undertaken in India called Cochlear implant. A cochlear implant (CI) is a surgically implanted electronic device that provides a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing in both ears; as of 2014 they had been used experimentally in some people who had acquired deafness in one ear after learning how to speak.
Cochlear implants bypass the normal hearing process; they have a sound processor that resides on the outside of the skin (and generally worn behind the ear) which contains microphones, electronics, battery, and a coil which transmits a signal to the implant. The implant has a coil to receive signals, electronics, and an array of electrodes which is placed into the cochlea, which stimulate the cochlear nerve.
Millie Odhiambo also said she and her colleagues are willing to financially help Citizen TV news anchor Swaleh Mdoe, who, last week, revealed that he was going through financial crisis, and consequently put up one of his kidneys for sale.
“Our attention has also been drawn to the plight of Swaleh Mdoe; we do not know if it is true or not that he wants to sell his kidney to raise money,” said Millie.
“We want to encourage him not to sell his kidney, but we really appreciate such a gesture. We are going to join with his family and friends to see what we can do to help,” she added.
Mr Mdoe has since acquired a paybill number, which Kenyans can contribute to to help him overcome the financial hurdle he is facing. The paybill number is: 458345, Account Number Mdoe.
Millie Odhiambo was with Embakasi East MP Babu Owino, Rarieda lawmaker Otiende Amollo, among others during the address to journalists at Orange House.