A family in Huruma is celebrating the rescue of their seven-month-old baby while alive at the ongoing rescue operation in the Huruma collapsed building.
The girl was rescued Tuesday from the rubble of a building that collapsed last week, raising hopes for more survivors in the disaster that has left 23 people dead and 93 others missing.
The child, identified by the Kenya Red Cross as Dealeryn Saisi Wasike, was brought to the hospital about 6 a.m. after being found in the ruins of the seven-story building that collapsed Friday night.
The child was found unharmed in a washbasin, said Pius Masai of the National Disaster Management center, which is coordinating the rescue mission. Furniture had created pockets preventing the columns from falling on her and allowing air to flow into the rubble, he said.
The baby’s father, Raslon Saisi Wasike, said his wife kept baby Dealeryn in a washtub when she was doing her household chores.
The baby had no physical injuries and was being treated for dehydration, said Simon Ithai, a spokesman at the Kenyatta National Hospital.
Kenya First Lady Margaret Kenyatta visited the hospital and comforted ‘Baby Favour’.
‘Baby Favour’, who arrived exhausted and dehydrated has been stabilised and is now under the professional care of Kenyatta National Hospitals paediatric and nutrition team who have been working round the clock to save the lives of children who have been rescued from the tragedy.
Opposition leaders H. E Kalonzo Musyoka and Sen Moses Wetangula and Raila Odinga visited the victims of the Huruma building collapse tragedy in Mathare hosted by Deputy Governor H. E Jonathan Mueke.
“I received a comprehensive briefing from the Incident Commander before touring the affected area. We noted with great concern the proliferation of buildings on riparian land,” Raila said.
He directed the Nairobi City County Government to move with speed to ensure all illegal construction is halted and unsafe buildings demolished to prevent further loss of life.
He then visited the Huruma Social Hall where upwards of 250 victims are currently housed donating blankets, foodstuffs and water to ease the burden.
The Nairobi City County Government also committed to meet the funeral expenses of the deceased and clear the hospital bills of the injured.