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Tuju responding well to treatment, Jubilee party says

A police helicopter prepares to evacuate Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju from the Kijabe Mission Hospital to Karen Hospital in Nairobi on Wednesday. [David Gichuru, Standard]

Cabinet Secretary Raphael Tuju is responding well to treatment, the Jubilee Party has said.

Jubilee communication director Albert Memusi on Friday said the CS, who doubles up as the party’s secretary-general, was making good progress in his recuperation.

Tuju was among 18 people involved in a road crash at Magina on the Nakuru-Nairobi Highway on Wednesday. The CS was on his way to Kabarak for former President Daniel arap Moi's burial his Toyota Prado collided head-on with a 14-seater matatu at Magina.

The CS sustained serious injuries in the road accident and was airlifted to Nairobi for specialised treatment.

“He continues to receive very good care under a team of specialists and nurses at the Karen Hospital,” said Memusi in a statement seen by Standard Digital.

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Tuju’s doctors on Thursday also assured that he was in a stable condition.

“He woke up well and he is continuing with treatment. Other details are private and confidential,” said a highly placed source who requested anonymity.

Memusi added that the party was in communication with Tuju’s immediate family members who have expressed satisfaction with the level of care he was receiving.

“We are especially thankful to the team of doctors, nurses and the rest of the staff at Karen Hospital who are working round the clock to ensure his recovery,” said Memusi.

The party further thanked medics at AIC Kijabe Hospital who swiftly attended to the accident victims on Wednesday.

It was at Kijabe where Tuju underwent abdominal surgery to stop internal bleeding. The CS, his driver and bodyguard were later evacuated to Nairobi.

Medics at Kijabe yesterday said three patients were treated and discharged on the fateful day, seven are admitted at the facility after being operated on for soft tissue, long bone and head injuries.

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Another five are admitted for observation and care. Three of the five are in High Dependency Units (HDU).