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Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi speaks on career, marriage

Health Chief Administrative Secretary Mercy Mwangangi has come out as organised and intuitive during the daily COVID-19 daily briefings.

Dr Mwangangi is among the top Ministry of Health officials working around the clock to ensure the spread of the novel coronavirus is contained in the country.

The CAS has been taking charge of the daily briefings whenever CS Mutahi Kagwe is tied up with other duties. Her confident stare while taking questions from journalists and the well-reasoned answers she gives have endeared her to many Kenyans.

Speaking to KTN’s Dr Mercy Korir, Dr Mwangangi opened up about her family who she said has been supportive as she scales up the career ladder.

She revealed that her father is a businessman and her mother is a lawyer, she further revealed her only sibling is 10 years younger.

“..she is a lawyer by profession and my father is a businessman and my family is quite supportive of the work that I do… I also do have a brother, we actually have a ten year gap, in terms of siblings I only have one brother so we are two in our family,” she said.

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Mwangagi explained her brother has been supportive noting he calls her after every press briefing to discuss the quality of the information disseminated to the masses.

“It’s interesting every time after I give a press briefing he calls me and we go through it and he asks me questions, gives me tips and advices,” she added.

Regarding marriage, a smiling Mwangangi said she is married to her work but has a supportive partner. Mwangangi further revealed she was not under any pressure from parents to settle down and start a family.

“Like I said, I’m highly married to my work but I do have a partner who is very supportive and again another cheer leaders.”

She also revealed that on the night before President Uhuru Kenyatta’s appointment as the Health CAS, she had received three job offers in the lucrative health economist category.

“Prior to that nomination I had just received three job offers the night before and the fourth one came and you never say no to the president,” she said.

Dr Mwangangi was born in Machakos in 1986, attended Pangani Girls High School before proceeding to the University of Nairobi Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB).

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