Details of Raila Odinga’s trip to India for daughter’s eye treatment –
Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga is currently in India, days after attending the African Union Heads of State Summit in Addis Ababa, it has been reported.
Kahawa Tungu understands the former prime minister flew to India on Monday to visit his daughter Rosemary who is receiving eye care in the Asian country.
According to an online report from an Indian publication, the treatment is undertaken at Sreedhareeyam Ayurvedic Eye Hospital and Research Center in Koothattukulam, South India.
Rosemary lost her sight in 2017 after suffering a minor stroke. She has since been in and out of hospital, with initial treatment undertaken in South Africa.
She reportedly visited the Indian facility for the first time in 2020. The latest private visit is a follow-up check, according to medical sources who spoke to the publication.
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“In 2019-2020, HE Odinga was seen saying on Kenyan TV stations that he was extremely relieved when they found treatment for his daughter’s blindness in 2020. The last private visit is a checkup feedback. The eye treatment center has traditionally been practicing Ayurvedic eye care for nearly 300 years now,” the source said.
Koothattukulam Hospital was established by Sreedhareeyam about 25 years ago. It is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for diagnosis and other ancillary services while adhering to traditional Ayurvedic methods to treat even advanced and complicated eye conditions.
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Dr Narayanan Namboothiri, Chief Medical Officer at Sreedhareeyam Centre, confirmed that Rosemary was receiving treatment at the facility.
The doctor said the Odingas will be in the hospital for a few days while Rosemary undergoes various eye care procedures and treatments prescribed in the traditional Ayurvedic system.
Earlier, there was speculation that Odinga was in Russia or India for treatment of an undisclosed illness after finishing the heads of state summit in Ethiopia last week.
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Odinga, the current African Union High Representative for Infrastructure Development, underwent minor surgery to relieve pressure building up around his brain in 2010.
Neurosurgeon Oluoch Olunya, who performed the operation at Nairobi Hospital, said the pressure may have been caused by hitting his head while in a car.
He was rushed to the facility after complaining of fatigue.
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