Friday, 23 August 2013

Conjestina Achieng' retires to the village


“I was called by someone from Nairobi that Conjestina was picking up leftovers from rubbish bins and eating for lack of food,” said Conje’s father Clement Adala.

This was the matter that forced him to take his daughter away from Nairobi back to Siaya County.
For the past one month, Kenya’s top female pugilist  has been staying with her parents at their Umiru village, Nyamninia sub-location in Siaya. She had left Nairobi after apparently failing to take care of herself and because her condition was becoming worse having suffered mental disorder earlier.
When The Nairobian team visited her in Umiru village, her parents looked sad. They kept looking at their daughter, who was once a boxing champion, but is now unable to even fend for herself or even communicate sensibly. Conje together with her only son are staying at home surviving on the little they can get from their parents.
Last year her condition made her to be taken to Mathari Hospital, a matter that made her pause her boxing career that had already started flourishing.
Adala showed The Nairobian a letter from Mathari Hospital dated June 18 that indicated Conje was diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder/paranoid schizophrenia. She was admitted to Mathari last September 8 after she relapsed in a psychotic episode.Conje had earlier been treated for the same in January 2011 but apparently she relapsed after failing to take her medication citing lack of funds.
On review on June 17, she appeared calm but in a depressed mood. “There was no psychotic features and it was reported that she had stopped taking drugs after they got finished and could not be bought due to lack of money,” said Adala.
Mathari consultant psychiatrist, Dr Nelly Kitazi advised her to undergo counselling individually and with her family.
Apart from that, Conje was advised to resume her medication and engage in gainful employment. Her father said Conje stopped taking medication because of stress and also after the prescription elapsed they could not afford to buy the drugs.
In a letter dated September 6 last year addressed to Mathari Hospital medical superintendent on admission to the institution, Dr Ngugi Gatere said ‘Conje’ was talking a lot, aggressive, lacked a lot of sleep and refused to take medication prescribed for her.
When she was interviewed she had hallucinations that directed her on what to do. She claimed to have a clock in her head that directed her on what to do and that “aeroplanes” were monitoring her movements.                            
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