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Nanyuki: Woman dies waiting for treatment as nurses celebrate colleague’s birthday

Laikipia residents have taken to the streets to protest the death of a 58-year old woman at the Nanyuki Teaching and Refferal Hospital as nurses at the facility were celebrating a colleague’s birthday.

Halima Hassan, a resident of Majengo area in Nanyuki, was rushed to the facility by family members after getting sick at home. She reportedly developed a problem associated with high blood pressure.

On arrival at the hospital, the deceased was instructed to take some laboratory tests and wait for results at the bay.

According to Sophia Hassan, the daughter of the deceased, they were told to wait for five minutes to be attended to but didn’t hear from the nurses again.

The deceased’s son Ramadhan Omar said he tried to plead with some nurses to attend to their patient but it was all in vain.

“On several occasions, I approached a male nurse for help who felt I was nagging and rudely told me off,” Omar stated.

Halima’s condition worsened until her death while nurses and laboratory attendants at the hospital had reportedly locked themselves in one of the rooms.

Laikipia County Health Chief Executive Officer (CEC) Rose Maitai confirmed that the incident happened, adding that investigations will be conducted to find those responsible.

“Unfortunately, it’s true. Disciplinary action has been taken including interdiction of some,” she said.

Laikipia County Governor Ndiritu Muriithi also commented on the matter, saying investigations have already started and those found guilty of misconduct will be punished according to the Employment and Integrity Act of the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU).

Cases of patients dying after being neglected by healthcare professionals have formed headlines in the recent past, raising eyebrows on the integrity of the healthcare system.

In September 2020, a patient died at the parking lot of the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) after failing to get medical attention for hours.

While responding to the incident, Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) Secretary-General Seth Panyako said the health workers had not been paid their salaries.

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