Police officers manning a roadblock at Kendu Bay, Homa Bay County, have warmed many hearts with a kind gesture towards a sick woman and her one-and-a-half-year-old son.
Millicent Awino, 25, had undergone a laparotomy surgery (a surgical incision into the abdominal cavity) at Homa Bay County Hospital. She was walking to Kendu Bay, some 30 kilometres away, in search of a relative who could assist her with some money to buy prescription drugs, when she came across the police roadblock. It was 9.30pm. Strapped on her back was her son Brighton Odhiambo.
Joel Saitoti and Douglas Michoma, two of the officers manning the roadblock interrogated her about her mission, which was well after curfew hours. In a kind gesture that disabused the notion that police officers are an enemy of the public, the duo escorted Millicent to Kendu Bay sub-County Hospital for emergency first aid, all the while carrying her son.
They also bought her son a loaf of bread, a packet of milk and a soda. Other officers at the roadblock also offered to contribute the money Millicent needed to buy the prescribed drugs.
Awino had reportedly tore open part of her wound after engaging in manual labour. Though her doctor had advised her against hard work, she was forced to do it as an only means of fending for her son.
Millicent has temporarily been admitted at Kendu Bay sub-County Hospital for further observation.
Dr. Jacob Tindi Oongo, who is attending to Millicent thanked the police officers for their concern and assured them of her full recovery, and the safety of her son.