October 23, 2018

Patients turned away at KNH

The situation at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) has now worsened as patients were turned away on Wednesday (7/3/18) without getting treatment.

According to several patients who spoke to the press, authorities at the hospital turned them away as there were no doctors on duty.

“They had sent for the specialist who deals with the spinal cord and the brain and he has not come,” Sam Omondi told Capital FM.

“I was here by 6am. So I took my daughter for a scan but they told me to come back after the doctors announce their return, Benson Mwai who had brought his daughter there said.

“I came to Kenyatta at 8am. We queued for a long time we were told there are no doctors working and that we should come back after three weeks,” Peter Odindo said.

“The problem I encountered is that I was admitted in the ward and when you go there, there is another doctor who is discharging you and that is really making me sad and frustrated,” Andrew Muchemi stated.

This comes days after the largest referral hospital in the country made headlines after conducting a brain surgery on a wrong patient.

The facility appointed an audit firm to probe the events that led up to the brain surgery mix up.

On Tuesday, nurses went on strike complaining of mistreatment following the surgery mishap.

More than 700 registrars at KNH downed their tools on Monday following suspension of one of their own over the surgery.

The master’s students said they would not resume work until the hospital resolved systemic issues.

According to the registrars, they boycotted work for unwarranted victimisation of one of their colleagues who was sent home over the mix-up in identification tags during the brain surgery.

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