Meet Dr. Rosendo Ayres Ribeiro, Kenya’s First Private Doctor

Rosendo Ayres Ribeiro, MD was a Portuguese and British physician and diplomat.

Rosendo Ayres Ribeiro

 

He was born in Goa in 1871.

 

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And died on February 2, 1951 in London.

At the age of 80.

Rosendo Ayres Ribeiro

 

He arrived in Mombasa in February 1900 and later — as Goa was part of the Portuguese Empire — was entitled Vice-Consul of Portugal in Nairobi.

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He was Kenya’s first private medical practitioner and the first to diagnose bubonic plague in this country.

 

He operated under a tent in the muddy tin shack that was Nairobi, where he invented a malaria drug which was patented and sold to an international pharmaceutical firm.

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Curiously, he used to ride a zebra he himself tamed to attend his patients’ house calls.

Dr. Ribeiro would ‘park’ and tether his zebra to a post outside the Goan Institute which he helped found along Juja Road, Nairobi.

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In January 2015, Dr. Ribeiro Parklands School was renamed from Parklands Boys in honour of Dr. Rosendo Ayres Ribeiro.

He actually donated the land where the school stands today.
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