Laikipia County Governor Nderitu Mureithi has ordered investigations into alleged deaths of two patients at the Nanyuki Teaching and Referral Hospital, who passed on as nurses were busy at a colleague’s birthday pary
“Necessary action will then be taken after the investigations,” says Mureithi.
On Thursday morning, residents protested outside the hospital, demanding action against the offending staff.
A 58-year-old woman reportedly died on Monday night at the waiting bay of the hospital’s emergency unit. Halima Hassan had been rushed there by her children in severe condition.
According to her son Ramadhan Hassan Omar, she was seen by a doctor at the unit, and prescribed some tests.
However, at the laboratory’s waiting bay, the woman’s condition worsened. Omar says he was told to “wait for five minutes”, which turned into 30. When he asked for the results, Omar says, a male nurse answered him rudely.
At the time, the laboratory technicians on duty and some nurses had allegedly locked themselves in one of the rooms, celebrating their colleague’s birthday.
In a similar fashion at the hospital, a mother of two allegedly bled to death after doctors declined to carry out a blood transfusion exercise on her. They reportedly ignored the family’s pleas for help.
“We saw a number of the hospital officials walking out of the laboratory, doctors, nurses. We wondered what was going on because our patient was in severe condition,” Ibrahim Mohammed, the deceased woman’s husband said.
Mohammed said his wife was awaiting transfusion after the family had donated blood for her. “They assured us that they would carry out the exercise the previous night, but when we came in the morning they had not done it yet.”
The family also alleged that they had been directed to buy some medicines for her at a nearby pharmacy, which the hospital did not administer.
The mother who died left behind tow children, aged two weeks, and one year.
“Unfortunately, it’s true,” said County Health CEC Rose Maitai confirming the incidents. “Disciplinary action has been taken including interdiction of some.”