He is among the world’s oldest men, but cannot get what he needs most — medical insurance cover.
Computers are frustrating Mzee Julius Wanyondu Gatonga’s efforts at getting the cover under the Kenyan National Hospital Insurance Fund.
He is deemed too old for the system, since his ID indicates he was born in 1884; the computers only accept birth dates from 1890.
For this reason, efforts by his family to have him covered under the NHIF hit a snag; his age is beyond the NHIF computer system, so his application to be a member was rejected due to his age.
Mzee Wanyondu from Mihuti village, Mukurwe-ini District in Nyeri County has had his name rejected several times once entered to be registered as a beneficiary of NHIF. Family members cannot understand the circumstances under which this was happening.
“Unbelievable,” said 70-year-old John Nguru Wanyondu, the fourth child of Mzee Wanyondu. He said as a family they felt embarrassed by the feedback that their father was too old to be registered.
“Our father is too old, and looking at his age, we don’t know what will happen next, so we are urging the authorities to consider his case and do something,” he said.
He says it is also embarrassing for the family as the system is insinuating that their father is supposed to be dead by now.
Mr John Macharia, an agent of NHIF based in Mukurwe-ini, said the family members of Mzee Wanyondu visited his office seeking medical cover for their ageing parents.
Mr Macharia said the family first sought to register their parents in March this year, but the old man’s name was rejected by the NHIF computer system.
“The man has been regarded as being too old for the computer, despite the NHIF claim that there is no age limit with the fund,” said Mr Macharia.
He says they now use his 89-year old wife Beth Wanjiru as the contributor, because he has completely been rejected by the system.
Mr Macharia says efforts to get help from the Nyeri NHIF Branch manager have hit a snag as he says he does not understand the error.
“We tried all means to register Mzee, even through his wife’s details, but it still it declined to register him citing age,” added Mr Macharia.
The NHIF systems only accept details of persons born after 1890, but for Mzee Wanyondu, the system fails to detect his age because he is older than the stipulated age limit.
The family now regards this as an issue of age discrimination and an embarrassing computer glitch which needs to be fixed quickly before the medication for Wanyondu becomes urgent.
Greenwood Heights residents in Brooklyn say that the streets of their neighborhood are being overrun with raccoons.
They say the raccoons are creating a health hazard by spreading trash across entire city blocks and leaving behind piles of droppings that host parasitic roundworms.
Thy now want the city to intervene.
Residents blame the warm spring for an explosion in the raccoon population near Prospect Park and Green-Wood Cemetery.
Animal Care & Control, a non-profit contracted by the city, only removes raccoons if they are deemed dangerous, sick or hurt.
Fed up residents have launched a letter-writing campaign urging the City Council to amend the law and require the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to trap and remove the critters.
A spokesperson for the city agency said “While raccoons cause property damage and are a nuisance for NYC Residents, raccoons that are not sick or injured generally do not pose a threat to human health.”
Currently city residents must trap the animals themselves or pay a private company hundreds of dollars to do the job.
Magnús Skarphéðinsson, principal of the Icelandic Elf School, has expressed his concern that Independence Party MP Árni Johnsen may be subject to an accident after relocating a boulder allegedly inhabited by elves to his home in the Westman Islands.
However, Árni believes the boulder and its hidden residents saved his life when he was in a car accident a couple of years ago and a specialist in the affairs of elves had confirmed that they were content with the move, which took place earlier this week.
Magnús said that he has his doubts about the elves’ consent, pointing out that accidents are known to follow disruptions of elf settlements. Yet the MP is not concerned. He explained that the project had not cost much because many people contributed.
“They think it’s fun and so they help out.”
“We paid a ferry ticket for the young couple,” Árni said of two of the boulder’s alleged residents, “a formal ticket for a hidden man and woman with Herjólfur.” Elf specialist Ragnhildur Jónsdóttir, who travelled with Árni and the elves on the ferry, fed them honey on the way, saying that honey is their favourite food.
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China will ban health supplement makers from naming their products after sex, God or eternal life in an attempt to stop an unregulated industry from using vulgarity and superstition to sell pills.
China’s State Food and Drug Administration will outlaw words it classed as “vulgar or linked with superstition, such as: sex, God, immortal,” from the names of health products.
The terms “powerful”, “magical results”, “miraculous” and “extraordinary” will also be banned. For years, China has been plagued by a series of cases involving quality concerns over food and drugs that have alarmed many of its citizens.
The government has tried to restore confidence in the country’s goods by pledging repeated crackdowns on the loosely regulated food and drug industry, in response to rising consumer complaints about bogus medical guarantees and inadequate drug supervision.
Carrie, a 53-year-old cancer victim from Colorado Springs who according to her friend has ‘done some strange stuff over the years’, has taken to drinking her own urine. It has become a four-year-old, five-glass-a-day habit that she calls ‘comforting’.
On TLC’s finale of the shocking series, My Strange Addiction, Carrie explains that drinking the warm pee for the first time didn’t make her throw up so she decided: ‘You know what, I can do this.’
Diagnosed with stage three malignant melanoma eight years ago, the mother of four daughters began drinking her urine in the hope that it may help with her recovery.
But it seems that the alternative medicine fan has taken quite a shining to the beverage. Of the taste, Carrie enthused about the variety of flavours that change depending on her diet.
‘My urine does smell depending on what I eat,’ she says. ‘Today it tastes a lot different than it did four years ago. Sometimes it’s salty….sometimes it tastes like plum champagne.’
Slugging down a glass of the bright yellow liquid she pauses for a minute and then remarks: ‘Hmm maybe a little lemony.’
The quirky pee-drinker describes how on sampling her daily urine she can taste the different foods going through her body and as such has had to give up foods that she once loved.
‘I love love love asparagus but I won’t eat it anymore. It makes the urine taste…ugh not good,’ she laughs.
But Carrie not only drinks her own liquid waste, she uses it to rinse out her eyes, brush her teeth and she even ages it and applies it as an ointment all over her body.
During the episode she reveals her secret habit to her friend Denise.
‘I drink almost all the urine that comes out of my body,’ she confesses as her companion stays calm.
When Carrie invites her to watch to prove she’s telling the truth, Denise gently refuses saying: ‘You can tell me anything you want about it but i don’t think I want to watch you drink it.
‘I’ve survived many things with you over the years…I mean you’ve done some strange stuff.’
One of her daughters told TLC: ‘Urine is your body’s waste. It’s what you body has decided to filter through and get rid of so it doesn’t seem healthy to me.’
Urine is not, as she believes, a product of unwanted waste that is expelled by the body, but a by-product of blood filtration that is known to have been consumed by Egyptian, Chinese and Indian civilisations for medicinal purposes.
However, in a report by The Independent in 2006, medical experts refuted claims that any proof existed of its healing nature.
Dr Michael Stroud, an expert in nutrition at Southampton University, went so far as to say that people who believed that urine could cure disease were ‘daft as brushes’.
Helen Andrews, of the British Dietetic Association, told the British paper: ‘There are no health benefits to drinking your own urine, and in fact I think it could be quite detrimental.
‘Each time you put it back it will come out again even more concentrated and that is not good for health as it could damage the gut.’
Once again the Feds have run ram-shod over the rights and will of the people by relieving them of their freedom of choice.
The FDA won its two-year fight to shut down an Amish farmer who was selling fresh raw milk to eager consumers in the Washington, D.C., region after a judge this month banned Daniel Allgyer from selling his milk across state lines and he told his customers he would shut down his farm altogether.
The decision has enraged Mr. Allgyer’s supporters, some of whom have been buying from him for six years and say the government is interfering with their parental rights to feed their children.
But the Food and Drug Administration, which launched a full investigation complete with a 5 a.m. surprise inspection and a straw-purchase sting operation against Mr. Allgyer’s Rainbow Acres Farm, said unpasteurized milk is unsafe and it was exercising its due authority to stop sales of the milk from one state to another.
Adding to Mr. Allgyer’s troubles, Judge Lawrence F. Stengel said that if the farmer is found to violate the law again, he will have to pay the FDA’s costs for investigating and prosecuting him.