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Every other week The Layman’s Doctor invites you in to hear the candid conversations from Dr. Samantha Johnson covering the practice of medicine, the healthcare system and public health in Jamaica, with each episode feeling like you have a seat at the table. Informed guests and topics that matter to you, Dr. Johnson covers it all here on The Layman's Doctor Podcast.
 
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Good day. My name is JB, I used to be the CEO of a farmers sacco in my village, but I quit to start my own real-estate company which is doing very well. Six months after I quit, the new management did some bad investments and the sacco collapsed. Now a few days ago a famous blogger shared an article titled Farmers robbed by Pyramid Schemes on his w…
 
Three years ago, my ex-girlfriend and I were involved in an accident. I was riding my motorbike and she was a pillion passenger. We were heading to visit my mother who had called me that morning asking me to come see her. The accident happened because my girlfriend kept nagging me and saying bad things about my mother. She claimed I was a mama’s bo…
 
In this episode we answer questions on Probation after promotion, Legality of Unpaid Leave, Meaning of Sabbaticals, Bonded employment contracts Minimum period of employment before suing for Unfair Termination, Meaning of Vicarious Liability --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/swalanyeti/message…
 
Last year my uncle I’ve known since I was a child asked me if I would be interested in buying some land in the village where he had a small farm. He owned a one acre plot although the title was still in my late cucu’s name. He told me that he had inherited it from her many years ago before she died. He said he had never transferred it to himself be…
 
My brother and I started a property business five years ago. Our initial capital was 10 acre piece of land which we inherited from our late grandfather. The property was a lease hold with a term of 99 years beginning from 1st January 2004. Our late grandfather’s farm manager who lived nearby promised he could take care and show it around as we iden…
 
I live and work in the US but I am a Kenyan and want to retire there. A few years ago, a cousin of mine introduced me to some property developers who were selling off plan apartments. The prices looked very affordable and the location was good. I researched the company and saw they had successfully completed other projects so I had some confidence.…
 
My family has operated a banana plantation and pawpaw farm in Machakos county for the last 15 years. Our 20 acre farm borders one of the Athi River tributaries on one side. For many years, the community has passed through part of our land on one of the edges to access the river for water for their animals. However recently I noticed that they were …
 
Two years ago our Chamaa approached a property owner to buy his plot for Sh.50m. We entered into a sale agreement and paid a 10 million shilling deposit to the seller’s lawyer. We agreed that the transfer documents would be ready and the balance would be paid within 90 days. Unfortunately we had not gotten the money by 90 days but asked for an exte…
 
In this week's episode The Layman's Doctor shares a conversation with her dear friend, Morph, as he openly discusses his mental illness which subsequently led to an admission to the University of the West Indies Hospital. September 10 was World Suicide Prevention Day. All over the world, persons shared insight into what suicide is and what suicide …
 
My thirteen-year-old son could pick out what's wrong with a sermon from Steven Furtick on just about any given Sunday. I've rarely critiqued a sermon from a man like Furtick because he's such low hanging fruit. In this case, it was an opportunity to showcase the weaknesses of the "mega church model" of "doing church" and to express my hopes that ch…
 
In this recap, we respond to questions raised after our episodes on divorce which ran from Episodes 16 to 20. Among the issues we explore are the grounds for divorce, meaning of collusion, matrimonial property acquired during separation, failure to pay spousal maintenance, registration of marriages, void and voidable marriages --- Send in a voice m…
 
I am a mother to a 2 year old baby girl. My husband and I have been living in a three bedroom house in Kilimani, with one room for our daughter, one for us and one for the household. I pay my house help 12,000 because she has worked well with us since our daughter was little. Last week, we received the happy news that we are pregnant with twins. Bu…
 
I have had a dream job with an NGO for the past 10 years. That was until COVID-19 happened. All of a sudden I noticed they were not paying on time. When I asked they would tell me that I had to finish some project reports before they could get enough money. And even when they paid, it was in installments paid slowly over the whole month, making it …
 
I run a high-end garage in Nairobi where I have several mechanics and technicians and they earn based on their work. Despite the ups and downs of business and more so COVID I have always treated them well. Recently one of my mechanics left after his casual messed up a client’s car who is now suing me for hundreds of thousands of shillings. To make …
 
I own a private school in Embu where I had employed 25 full-time teachers. My school’s reputation is very good because of my teachers, and I have spent a lot of time and money training them. When corona happened, we agreed that they would go on unpaid leave until school resumed. However, the schools only opened virtually so I pay them only for the …
 
We continue our conversation with Nathan Rinne of Concordia St. Paul on race, race relations, America, and the Church. I think the American Experiment is doomed here in the near future as is the American Church and we'll all have to move to Madagascar. Nathan thinks we have a fighting chance to survive all this nonsense. What say you?…
 
My uncle helped me find a job as an intern in one of the parastatals a year ago. He told me that I would work for six months and then be promoted depending on my good work. But the HR only emailed me saying I was a casual on probation. She assigned me to work as an assistant to an officer. They would pay me per diems from time to time. Then after I…
 
In this recap, we respond to questions raised after our episodes on landlord and tenants. Among the issues we explore are the meaning of a periodic lease, what to do in cases of unlawful evictions, when a bank can exercise its statutory power of sale for a charged property, what a forced sale valuation means, controlled tenancies, distress, and ord…
 
Last October, when living in the US I had a whirlwind romance with an Ethiopian who had asylum in the US. One crazy night, we drove down to Las Vegas and had an overnight wedding. We agreed that we would come build a home here in Nyali, where I have a house. I left after a few months and he was supposed to follow me here. But now it’s been over six…
 
I’m a college student but have big dreams. Last year I met this rich mama on Facebook. We flirted for a while, before starting an affair. She’s much older than me but she’s loaded so she takes good care of me. In fact we were chatting on Facebook and she said we should get married, but only if I promised that if I left her, I wouldn’t get a dime. I…
 
My husband and I had a fairy tale romance. We were high school sweethearts. He was an athlete in high school who went on to become a famous architect. I started modelling at 16 and studied to become a doctor. Our wedding was the talk of town for years. We have success in our careers, lots of money and property but never got children. After 13 years…
 
In this week's episode, The Layman's Doctor speaks with Dr. Tariq Parker, a Jamaican Rhode Scholar, who shares his medical journey with us. We speak about various paths to assimilate into the UK medical system, touching on the MRCS and PLAB examinations. Dr. Parker gives helpful tips on how to maximise on time while transitioning into the UK. He sh…
 
One of our neighbors is a government officer who lives with a very young wife. Every morning, when the man goes to work, this wife sits outside in the balcony crying. She doesn’t speak English well but refuses to say what’s wrong but at night we hear her screaming as if they are fighting. We fear for her life but our friends tell us not to interfer…
 
Empires typically last about 300 years. Christians have never experienced the kind of peace we are experiencing now. I think it's about time for all that to end and groups like BLM, Antifi, and the Biden/ Harris ticket are moving this inevitability along quite nicely. Long time friend Nathan Rinne is back and better than ever. We discuss terms like…
 
Four years ago I met this very dashing gentleman. After dating for a while, he proposed marriage and we visited my parents at home for blessings. He made sure to meet all our traditions, and even paid bride price in a lovely traditional ceremony. He didn’t stop there, but went ahead to give me a beautiful white wedding where I was the envy of all m…
 
I am a landlord in Riruta of a commercial property. I have a difficult tenant who pays rent when he wants to. Last time I tried to evict him, he went to the business rent tribunal and got an injunction against me. Now since that order, he says he doesn’t have to pay rent for 1 years and it has been six months since he did. I am desperate. Can I kic…
 
I have been renting office space in Westlands where my team works from. Since the pandemic started though, I asked everyone to work from home. I tried to negotiate with my landlord to waive rent until things picked up but he refused to listen. In fact, he sent me auctioneers and when I went to the office to meet them, they also took the car I was d…
 
My wife and I worked very hard for many years, saving and denying ourselves. Eventually we managed to construct fifty one roomed houses in Kangundo whose rent we depend on to support our children and grandchildren. Because I don’t like trouble I vet my tenants very carefully. But in the past few months, none are paying. Everyone is crying corona, c…
 
My wife and I bought an apartment in Kilimani 16 years ago on a 20 year mortgage. We have been paying more or less on schedule using money from our salaries and sometimes from the business. However when the pandemic struck I lost my job and my transport business is doing very badly. We started struggling to make payments until it we realized it mad…
 
I stay in a 2br flat in Donholm where I pay KSh. 15,000 per month. When I moved in, I signed a one year lease which expired one month ago. I started hearing rumours that the landlord has gotten some foreigners who want to pay double the rent. I have asked him to renew my lease but he has refused unless I pay double the rent. I’m very worried becaus…
 
Four years ago, I got married to a man who was widowed. He was the only child to his mother who is still alive. When we got married he had a four year old boy who I loved with all my heart. I would feed him, bathe him, take care of him when he sick, and help him with his school work. On Sundays we would go to church together and he even called me M…
 
I have lived with the most abusive husband ever. From our wedding night, he started beating me and he has not stopped ever since. Even when I was pregnant with both our children he would beat me. It made me depressed, and I turned to alcohol and smoking marijuana to get through the days of hell. I was afraid of leaving him because I didn’t have a j…
 
I had a traditional wedding seven years ago with my high school sweetheart. One of the things we agreed at the very beginning was that we would remain faithful to each other. And if any of us were not able to do so, then that person would walk away and never come back. I thought we had a good life and we had a daughter together and built a comforta…
 
I hope you’re keeping safe in this COVID season. Personally I decided to move a few weeks ago back to the village because of the high cost of living in Nairobi and the rising cases of Corona. I share custody of two children with my ex wife and I left Nairobi with them, as it was my turn to be with them. My ex-wife is a nurse who is working at the f…
 
Hello, I need urgent assistance. I have a four year old daughter who I have been raising more or less on my own since she was born. The father, who is my ex and who doesn’t live with us, is very irresponsible. He does not contribute to the upkeep required for my daughter. Sometimes he brings her toys and gifts even after I have told him it is bette…
 
If Rick Warren was some spring chicken, I might give him a pass on this, but he's not. In this sermon, I am convinced he is trying to mainstream moral relativism. He knows the age old mantra of "don't judge" as used by those who want to do away with the moral moorings of Western Christianity. Sadly, there's simply no other way to weigh this out. Ri…
 
In this week's episode, The Layman's Doctor speaks with Jamaican borne medical doctor Jason Strachan about his medical journey and where he is now. Dr. Strachan shares insight about getting into medical residency programmes in Jamaica, the challenges surrounding the USMLE examinations and the various options available to doctors who no longer want …
 
Following the Battle of the River Trebia, Hannibal descended upon the rich province of Etruria in his advance into Italy. The new Roman consul, Gaius Flaminius, set out to confront the invaders with a mixture of fresh recruits as well as the survivors from Trebia. Arrogant, brash, and reckless, Flaminius led his legionaries in hot pursuit of the ma…
 
My mom died when I was very young and I never knew my dad. One day however I received a letter from a man introducing himself as my dad who said he lived in Kitale. He said he was sorry for not being in my life and asked me to go see him soon. Unfortunately before I could travel, he passed away and instead I met his family when I went for his matan…
 
I run a wholesale shop and supply several shops and supermarkets in my area. One of the supermarkets I supply was run by a man who I learnt last week has passed away. Just before he died he had taken goods on credit worth one million shillings. I have tried to visit and speak with the family about this, but they do not seem keen to pay back. My que…
 
Our dad died recently after years of liver disease. He was a rich man with a lot of property and cash in his name. However he did not leave a will and now we want to get letters of administration for him. He was survived by his wife, our mother, two sons and four daughters. We are worried now because my father had a mistress who he had been spendin…
 
My mother had been in hospital on and off the whole of last year after being diagnosed with diabetes. Last October the doctors told us she had contracted an infection that would need surgery. Before her surgery she called us to her hospital bed. Our late father had left her many pieces of land and money in the bank account which she wanted us to ha…
 
I am retired civil servant in my 70s now engaged in business and farming. Over the past fifty years I have purchased shares, land and other assets, which is now quite substantial. I am married with four adult children and two grandchildren. I also have a child from a previous relationship, although I never lived with him or his mother. Recently I h…
 
This week, The Layman's Doctor speaks with Dr. Thaon Simms from the graduating class of 2k20. The Corona Virus was found in Jamaica in March 2020, just a few months before the University of the West Indies Medical School exiting exams: MBBS was scheduled to happen. An event like this had never happened before, forcing the university and its student…
 
Having narrowly skirted disaster in the Alps, Hannibal and his army regrouped in the Po Valley of northern Italy while the Roman Consuls, Scipio and Sempronious, scrambled to intercept him. After thrashing the Romans under Scipio at the River Ticinus, Hannibal pursued Scipio’s retreating legions to the River Trebia. Here, Sempronious - proud, heads…
 
On this week's episode, The Layman's Doctor speaks with dentist, Dr. Rochelle Watson about dental health. In this conversation, common questions are answered and tips for taking care of your teeth and oral hygiene are given. Since the recording of this video services offered by Dr. Watson have expanded to include cleanings and other procedures. Tak…
 
This week, The Layman’s Doctor talks to physiotherapist Jeffrey Miller about what physiotherapy is and why we need to talk more about it. In this episode, you will learn more about a field that is focused almost exclusively on helping patients regain independence and confidence in themselves and their abilities. Jeffrey Miller can be contacted by: …
 
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