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Family left with KSh2.5M bill, kin’s body held by Kericho hospital despite CS Kagwe warning

In Summary

  • Peter Njogu contracted Covid-19 and received treatment for 13 days before succumbing.
  • He left a hospital bill arrears of KSh 2.5M, an amount his family is unable t raise.

Peter Njogu left home for a quick dash at the hospital unknown to him that it would be the last time home, alive.

His wife Ann Njogu and mother Wanjiru Waithaka are devastated as they try to raise money to give him a decent send-off.

The deceased was misdiagnosed with pneumonia. He sought a second opinion upon realising there was no improvement despite being on medication. He was diagnosed with severe Covid-19 that required him to be admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU).

He was admitted to a Kericho-based hospital and 13 days later, he breathed his last. The bill had accrued to KSh2.5 million, an amount that his family is unable to raise.

His mother Wanjiru explains that she barely has enough for herself as she’s forced to work as a caretaker in order to have a roof over her head.

They have held a fundraising where they managed to raise KSh400,000. The deceased’s body is currently being held at the hospital’s morgue which charges KSh900 per day.

This is despite Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe warning hospitals that hold onto bodies of patients who died of Covid-19.

Njogu’s is just an example of the many families that have been wreaked havoc by the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving behind a trail of pain and tears.

Owing to the accruing huge hospital bills used to treat their kins, these families have been pushed to the brink of poverty as the virus ravages.

Sharon Barang’a spoke to two families that are currently trapped in the whirlwind of COVID-19

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