Mo Radio, a station owned by Nyali MP Mohammed Ali, paid its last respects to a member of its staff who passed away a day after her family appealed for Ksh2 million to facilitate her treatment in India.
Ali, popularly known as Moha Jicho Pevu, mourned Fatma Rajab, as a talented professional whose death dealt a blow to the local media outlet.
“It is with great sadness that we grieve the loss of our very own Mo Radio intern Ms Fatma Rajab- a talented and dedicated young professional whose presence made a remarkable difference to all those around her both at the station, in her community circle, and on air,” announced Ali.
“Ms. Fatma suffered from Rheumatic Heart Disease and was undergoing treatment at Coast General Hospital when she passed on. I send my deepest condolences to her family, friends, and colleagues.”
The late Mo Radio journalist Fatma Rajab.
In a later statement, Mo Radio stated that the family had appealed for Ksh2 million from well-wishers to facilitate her treatment in India.
A medical officer from the Coast General Teaching and Referral Hospital (CGTRH), in a statement on Friday, revealed that Rajab, 27, had suffered from the disease since she was aged 14 years and that her valves had deformed.
She once underwent surgery in India to rectify the anomaly but the prosthetic valve degenerated over time.
Rajab again suffered the condition on Thursday and was rushed to a hospital in Kiembeni from where she was transferred to CGTRH where she was moved to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
Before, her family had been recommended to transfer her to another hospital in Nairobi where the surgery was valued at Ksh1.8 million.
CGTRH medical officer, however, told the family that the surgery could be done at Ksh1 million.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), rheumatic heart disease starts as ‘a sore throat from a bacterium called Streptococcus pyogenes (group A streptococcus)’
The bacterium can pass easily from person to person in the same way as other upper respiratory tract infections. In severe cases, it can cause the lungs to collapse.
Nyali MP Mohammed Ali speaking at a past forum in Mombasa County