A 58-year-old woman died at the waiting bay of the Nanyuki Teaching and Referral Hospital while awaiting her laboratory results on Monday, May 31.
Halima Hassan had been rushed to the hospital by her family members when she got sick at her home.
On seeing a doctor at the hospital’s emergency unit, she was instructed to get some laboratory tests to which she was taken by her son Ramadhan Hassan Omar.
A signpost showing the Nanyuki Teaching and Referral Hospital mortuary
“On several occasions, I approached a male nurse for help who felt I was nagging and rudely told me off,” Omar told K24 Digital.
He added that he was not the only one on the queue as there were other patients who were awaiting their results.
Omar learnt later that the lab technicians and nurses were attending a colleague’s birthday party in one of the rooms. o_O
Laikipia County Health CEC Rose Maitai confirmed the incident and indicated that disciplinary action would be taken against those responsible.
Cases of neglect of patients in Kenyan hospitals have caught media headlines from time to time in the country.
In 2020, a patient died at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) parking lot, after he went untreated for hours.
Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) Secretary-General Seth Panyako indicated that workers had not received their salaries.
A day later, a devastated woman was captured on camera pleading with health workers at KNH to attend to a critically ill patient.
She feared that the patient she had brought in for treatment would die if not urgently attended to.
However, the health workers could not treat the patients and turned her away.
Meanwhile, huko Embu kuna vituko… :rolleyes::rolleyes:
Married men in Embu county have raised the alarm over what they call rampant mistreatment by their wives and children.
They cited physical abuse, denial of conjugal rights on flimsy grounds, and ‘cold wars’ within their families.
Members of InuaWazee Self Help Group in Kiriari, Embu North, have, therefore, appealed to the government to intervene.
The group partly blamed the assaults on rampant drugs and substance abuse among young men.
They said whenever they report the mistreatment by their spouses to the police, they are ridiculed and dismissed as cowards.
Their family roles have been diminished and they can no longer lead, they lamented.
“Men have been sidelined and we are not important anymore. Women have taken over as we have no power.
We cannot report mistreatment to the police and whenever you try fighting back, the police act very harshly,” InuaWazee patron Joseph Wega said.
He said the situation has contributed to frustration among men, which has resulted in a number of suicide cases.
“We are facing difficult moments in our families; we cannot enjoy marriage.
We urge the government to empower men and consider balanced treatment of both men and women in the county,” InuaWazee chairman Samuel Muturi said.
The men have formed a self-help group to unite and have a voice in cases where one of them faces challenges in the family.
“I encourage men all over the county to consider forming such groups to have power and for their voices to be heard.
This will allow men to have their rights considered,” David Murage said.