Raila Odinga treated for food poisoning at a Nairobi hospital

Raila Odinga was on Wednesday morning taken ill and rushed to the Karen Hospital for treatment. Odinga was diagnosed with food poisoning [PHOTO|FILE]

Opposition leader, Raila Odinga, was on Tuesday evening (March 7) taken ill. He checked himself into the Karen Hospital for treatment.

Doctors at the health facility conducted a series of tests on Odinga and diagnosed him with food poisoning.

Odinga was treated and discharged on Wednesday 3pm, he said on phone.

The NASA co-principal is currently recuperating at his Karen residence, his spokesperson Dennis Onyango says.

“Mr Odinga was to close the Devolution Conference in Naivasha on Thursday, March 9, but he won’t attend. Instead, NASA co-principal Moses Wetangula will represent him,” Dennis Onyango told Citizen Digital on phone.

“Mr Odinga will leave for South Africa tomorrow (Thursday, March 9) at midday to visit his ailing daughter, Rosemary Odinga,” added Mr Onyango.

Rosemary Odinga, the elder daughter of Opposition leader Raila Odinga, was on February 28 flown to South Africa for further check up after 11 days of hospitalization at a Nairobi hospital.

Ms Odinga arrived safely in South Africa last Tuesday, accompanied by her mother Ida Odinga and younger sister Winnie Odinga.

The exact hospital, where Rosemary has been admitted to, is yet to be communicated.

Rosemary Odinga has a brain tumor, which is non-cancerous.

“Rosemary’s condition has improved. She was flown to South Africa today morning for further check up, just to ascertain her well-being,” a well-placed source told EDAILY.

Rosemary, Raila Odinga’s second born, was admitted at Agha Khan University Hospital on Friday, February 17, with a headache, and moved to Nairobi Hospital a day later.

A source said she had been in the Nairobi Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) before she was moved back to Aga Khan on February 20.

Rosemary Odinga has meningioma, a brain tumor that is not life-threatening but applies pressure to the brain.

A meningioma is not harmless as it can cause blindness, problems with movement and multiple other complications as it grows and presses into the brain

It is not immediately life-threatening but remains a serious threat to Rosemary’s health, as it in the meninges – the lining between the brain and the skull.


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