‘I better seek services in my house’ accident victim blames negligence in Baringo hospital

A victim of Boda boda accident is nursing wounds in his rental house in Kabarnet town after reading negligence at Baringo County Referral on Sunday.

25-year old youthful Aston Ng’etich said he was involved in road accident on his way back to town after spending the weekend at his rural home in Krumbopsoo in Baringo Central Sub-county.

“I decided to run back to my house so my wife could nurse me better than staying here in the hospital any longer” Ngetich told the media in his rental house in Kaptimobor estate today on Monday.

He said it was around 8pm after negotiating Zed-Zed corners their motorbike developed mechanical problem before hitting a guardrail. Ng’etich sustained bruises on his face and left knee.

Laxity

He said the boda boda rider Nelson Kangogo, 26, was totally unconscious when a good Samaritan rushed them in his vehicle to the nearby Baringo Referral hospital-Kabarnet.

Kangogo who sustained critical head and a waist injury was rushed immediately to Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH)-Eldoret.

“After the nurses looked at me physically and saw me breathing and sound they neglected me at the outpatient and went around with their normal duties…without even handing me single pain killer” Ngetich said.

He said he then decided to board a boda boda outside the facility then rode back to his house so he can relax and be nursed by his wife.

The patient who now feels better termed the situation in the hospital serious, appealing to the county leadership headed by Governor Stanley Kiptis to look into it.

“I fail to understand if the hospital is struggling with shortage of staff or it is a kind of sabotage” He said.

Asked if he will still go back to seek medical checkup he said he doesn’t feel like going back there again unless he decides to attend a private facility.

“It is like doctors there don’t take interest on people who seem to have minor injuries and I don’t understand why” He said.

Furthermore a  12-year standard seven pupil from a primary school  in Barwessa ward, Baringo North Sub-county is yet to have his hand fracture fixed by the same hospital since last month.

“He was herding goats at home when he fell and rolled on a hilly-rocky place then he broke his left hand” his brother Diaz Kiplele said.

He said they have since made six frantic visits to the facility since then but every time they arrive they are being told the bone specialist was absent.

Their home is located over 200 kilometers away and now they had to rent a house in Kabarnet town hoping to be served anytime soon.

The hospital has hit the headlines since January this year for many bad reasonss ranging from hygiene, maternal-child deaths, staff boycott and missing bodies.

-Joseph Kangogo

Binadamu hayawani: Man arrested for stealing from a patient in Murang’a hospital

A 47-year old man was arrested on Wednesday evening for pick pocketing a patient at Murang’a general hospital.

The suspect stole the purse from Hannah Wambui Mwangi who had taken her one month old granddaughter for post natal clinic.

Wambui was referred to the laboratory where the suspect took her purse from her bag and fled.

He was however spotted by another patient who alerted her after which she started screaming, attracting the attention of hospital staff and other patients who went after him.

The suspect however discarded the purse that had Sh. 3,000 in a flower bed after he was finally cornered but confessed to the theft before he was taken to Murang’a police station.

The suspect said he had visited the hospital for optical treatment and that it was his first attempt to steal.

“I don’t know what came over me and caused me to steal the purse,” the suspect who hails from Kambirwa village said.

This happened after numerous patients complained of pickpockets in waiting bays in the county referral hospital.

While confirming the incident, Chief Officer of health James Gitau said the case was the first one to reach to the hospital’s management as no patient has previously reported cases of theft in the facility.

Gitau however noted that cases of staff members stealing from hospitals have been reported in the county citing the example of a driver and a casual laborer who stole drugs worth Sh. 50,000 in Kigumo sub district hospital.

It is reported that recently, a physically disabled man currently lost Sh. 10,000 to thieves in a private hospital in Murang’a town.

-Alice Waithera

 

Patient Shoots Nurse Dead At Chiromo Medical Centre

A man shot and killed a nurse at Chiromo Lane Medical Centre in Nairobi on Thursday.

Doctor in charge Francis Owiti said the person they believed was a patient arrived with a friend and requested to see a medical practitioner.

“While the doctor was attending to him, the patient drew a gun and shot him in the right eye,” Owiti said.

He said the shooter may have been drunk.

Police arrested the man for grilling.

-The Star

Police & KNH Probe Murder Of Cancer Patient

The Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) on Monday termed the murder of a cancer patient at the hospital on Sunday as “an isolated case” and pledged their full cooperation to police officers investigation the killing.

42-year-old Cosmas Mutunga was found dead on Sunday at 0500h by nurses who had gone to attend to him.

Mutunga was admitted at KNH on November 5 this year and was sleeping at Ward 8C.

 

He had been observed by nurses at 0400h and was said to very sick.

The nurses found him with a head wound, which is believed to have been caused by a blunt object, when they went to attend to him at 0500h and the nurses immediately called a doctor who upon examining him, announced that he was dead.

Police were called by KNH security after Mutunga was found in his bed with a head wound, apparently from a blunt object.

Police have launched investigations to the incident as the KNH CEO, Lily Koros, assured that the public that the hospital is safe and there is no cause for alarm.

Koros added that security has been stepped up at the hospital and added that KNH will place cameras at strategic locations in the hospital without interfering with the privacy of patients.

 

 

– The STAR