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Pain, agony for family as body of COVID-19 victim held over KSh3.2M hospital bill

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  • Paul Kimathi, 62, developed COVID-like symptoms on August 15. He was first rushed to a hospital in Nairobi’s Kasarani area before being referred to KNH.
  • “We went to KNH but could not find a bed for him in the Intensive Care Unit. We had to rush against time to save his life so we took him to Al-Amin Hospital in Eastleigh,” the widow narrates.

One year and seven months down the line, the COVID-19 pandemic is still ravaging families in Kenya.

Ranging from the high cost of treating the virus, to the high cost of taking care of a COVID-19 patient, to the huge financial crisis that the disease plunges families into, the brunt of COVID-19 is still felt even when the country seems to be reverting to normal.

A family in Meru County is at pains after the body of their father who succumbed to COVID-19 complications on October 3 was detained over hospital bill amounting to KSh3.2 million.

Paul Kimathi, 62, developed COVID-like symptoms on August 15. He was first rushed to a hospital in Nairobi’s Kasarani area. According to Kimathi’s wife, Rose Kimathi, the hospital referred them to Kenyatta National Hospital where they could secure ventilator services.

“We went to KNH but could not find a bed for him in the Intensive Care Unit. We had to rush against time to save his life so we took him to Al-Amin Hospital in Eastleigh, where we were able to find him a bed after paying a Sh100,000 deposit,” Rose told The Standard.

After three weeks in ICU, Kimathi’s health improved and he was set to be discharged. The family tried to offset the huge bill by surrendering a title deed for their quarter-acre land. The hospital, however, declined insisting on cash payment.

Hospital tried to waive part of bill

In the event of the family raising KSh2 million through family and friends to pay part of the bill, Kimathi succumbed to fresh complications.

“We wanted to take the body to the mortuary as we made burial preparations but the hospital could not release the body to us. They instead took the body to a mortuary near KNH where it is still being held,” the distraught widow laments.

According to the hospital’s director Dr Abdi Adan, the facility had waived KSh980,000 from the original KSh3.2 million bill, to help the family settle the bill and collect the body of their patriarch.

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