Is your bathroom a death trap?

Oscar Mito was left paralysed from the chest down after he slipped and fell while taking a shower in his home in 2013. Doctors say he will never walk again. PHOTO | ANTHONY OMUYA

What you need to know:

  • While there are no statistics on bathroom injuries and fatalities in Kenya, doctors say that it is common for patients to seek treatment following injuries sustained from bathroom falls.
  •  “Bathroom falls are common incidents especially in middle-class  homes,” says Dr Dennis Otwori, a medical practitioner at the National Spinal Injury Hospital. 
  • Home owners, in the name of saving money, do not engage professionals, rather, hire quacks, who end up doing a shoddy job that might later lead to tragedy

The bathroom seems like a safe place, doesn’t it? It is not. Far from it.


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