The Nanyuki Teaching and Referral Hospital has interdicted two of its employees over negligence following the death of two women at the hospital.
Reports of two women dying while awaiting treatment at the hospital as hospital staff held a bash set social media light on Thursday. The two victims of medical negligence are Halima Hassan and Jane Njoki.
Kept in waiting
Laikipia residents then held demonstrations demanding answers to the death of the two women. Halima Hassan, 58, had gone to the hospital with her daughter to get attention for her High Blood Pressure.
Her daughter, Sofia, said that nurses had asked them to wait for five minutes but kept them waiting for over half an hour.
Meanwhile, Jane Njoki had gone into labour and died from excessive bleeding after delivery.
According to Citizen Digital, Phydelis Wachie, the Senior Medical Laboratory Officer, and Clement Wambugu, a Laboratory Technologist, will step aside until investigations into the matter are complete.
Furthermore, the Laikipia County Health CEC, Rose Maitai, confirmed that the Nanyuki hospital authority had written to the DCI to investigate any criminal liability on the two workers.
Maitai also confirmed that the birthday celebrations had taken place in the hospitals and that the two had absconded duty for the party.
“Our investigations have indicated that there was a bit of laxity and rudeness to patients by the two staff members, and we have interdicted them,” Ms. Maitai said, confirming that they had no problem with the party but the negligence that followed.
“There was a birthday party in the department, and from where we sit, there’s really nothing wrong with having a birthday party. The only mistake was that the staff halted service delivery in the name of celebration.”
Furthermore, the hospital interdicted three more staff members over integrity issues. The three were interdicted over various offences, including serial absenteeism, soliciting money from patients, and conducting unauthorized clinical diagnoses.