Your healthcare providers have a duty to get you to understand everything they say. If you find one bloated with medical jargon, it may be a telltale sign of their confidence levels. Ask them politely to tone down and speak in common language. If they don’t budge, you could always play a trick card and ask if they mind you bringing in a medical translator. If that doesn’t go down very well, you are better off seeing somebody else who cares to explain everything in plain language.
Nairobi, like most cities in developing countries, is full of kids. Latest demographic figures estimate that about 42 percent of the Kenyan population is under 14 years. Extrapolating that to the Nairobi population brings the total number of children to well over a million.The city owes this vast number of children many things that include proper housing, clean water, food, safety and good health. Children’s health starts in the womb, Nairobi women must have access to good maternity care.
The concept of futile medical care has been in existence for ages, but still attracts lots of controversy. It is defined as the provision of medical treatment when there is no reasonable hope of improving or curing the patient’s condition. Proponents argue for discontinuation of any treatment that hasn’t been shown to provide any measurable benefits. Stopping futile care isn’t equivalent to active intervention to end life, as withholding care doesn’t hasten the natural progression to death. By its provocative connotations, futile medical care has differing interpretations within different contexts.