Philip Siasia Ambiria, 35, is the area community administrator in Kewa Village in Mautuma Ward of Lugari Sub-County and is leaving a legacy by helping people get back on their feet.
At least 14 women have either healed or been relieved of health-related complications that may befall anyone of that gender, most of them fibroids, fistulas, and growths.
When we enter his compound, we find two ladies seated outside his small grass-thatched hut, with Philip keenly giving them an ear. We have heard of his good deeds, and we are afraid we may disrupt the work of an angel on his mission to assist two needy beings.
However, characteristic of him, he warmly welcomes us, gives us seats, and asks if there is anything urgent now that he has discovered we are reporters. We tell him we can wait for him to attend to his patients.
A teacher by profession, Philip’s home is usually a beehive of activity, with many people coming in and out to seek help with a number of problems, not only health-related ones.
Many of his beneficiaries are women. He says he has helped at least 14 of them fight the health complications that come with fibroids, growth, and fistula. Women from within and outside his area have reported to him their struggles with chronic diseases.
His noble mission was inspired by her mother, Rose Naliaka, 54, for whom he was able to find medication after he found out that she was suffering from growth.
“At first, my mother was hesitant to tell me about what she was going through, but she eventually opened up. This is when I found help, and she got healed. I was not sure I could get assistance for her, but when I did, I realized that my special gift could assist many women as well,” he said.
Mr. Philip uses his own motorbike to transport women to a non-governmental organization (NGO) managed by his friend whom he refers to as Dr. Matasi, that offers services in Kitale, where they get treatment.
Mama Betty Luenya, 57, said she was able to deal with her bleeding condition thanks to Mr. Siasa’s efforts and has been feeling better since November last year.
As if that was not enough, the good Samaritan helped her daughter, Joy Musungu, 22, who had fibroids, get healed through a successful operation. She is now in Nairobi, working.
“Philip is among a few individuals in our area willing to help. He is a kind and good-hearted person. God bless him,” Mrs. Luenya said.
Gladys Ayuma, 27, from Ivona in Mautuma Ward, is another woman who got assistance after suffering a growth for seven months.
She went for a scan at the Moi and Teaching Referral Hospital in Eldoret, but doctors informed her that she was pregnant; she later realized that she had a growth.
Realizing that she could not find much help at the hospital, she looked for Mr. Siasia.
“He went with me to Kitale. I stayed at his aunt’s for four days. I was treated, and now I am okay,” she said, adding, “Women must come out and open up so that they can get treatment. If I hadn’t spoken, I would be dead silent in my grave.”
Aside from assisting women, he has ensured that there are no illegal brewers in his area. Furthermore, he has helped 18 children join different schools across the country, including Kitale, Bungoma, and Nakuru, through friends and scholarships.
- Edited by Sam Oduor
Tom Lutali is a seasoned scribe based in Lugari Sub-County in Kakamega County who writes human interest stories and sports for WKT.