Akichelesit paralysis children to be compensated- Busia County Assembly

The motion mover and Malaba South MCA David Kokonya


The 28 Akichelesit Dispensary children who suffered paralysis after developing weak limbs due to an injection in 2016 will be compensated, Busia County Assembly members ruled on Wednesday.
The decision to compensate the Akichelesit paralysis children and the family of the Sio Port Woman who died due to delivery delays followed a motion moved by Malaba South Ward MCA David Kokonya.
Speaking while moving the motion Kokonya said both the Akichelesit and Sio Port incidents affected the socio-economic aspects of the affected persons.
” Mr. Speaker some families have been left traumatized following the loss of their loved ones in case of Sio Port and others having to cope with paralysis occasioned to their children.
As a consequence of these I feel that the government is duty bound to at least intervene and restore some kind of hope by way of compensating the victims in these two incidents,” he said.
” I want to see justice for our people. The Akichelesit children suffered irrecoverable damage while the family of the Sio Port Woman who died with her twins due to slow response from the medics are also suffering,” Kokonya said.
After heated debates members unanimously agreed to the mover of the motion’s proposal to compensate the Akichelesit children and the family of the Sio Port Woman.
The Legal and Human Affairs committee led by Bukhayo North/Walatsi MCA Gardy Jakaa was mandated to investigate the two incidents and come up with realistic compensations within the minimum prescribed time.
The children developed weak limbs after an injection at the Akichelesit dispensary. Most of them could barely walk.
This prompted them to be transferred to the Nairobi Hospital for treatment following intervention by the then Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia.
After returning from Nairobi the families of the children paid a courtesy call on Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong who ordered the children to be screened afresh to establish why similar symptoms were recurring despite physiotherapy exercise at Akichelesit dispensary