Coast hospital releases 52 patients held over unpaid bills



At least 52 patients who were being detained at the Coast General hospital have been released after a private firm settled their bills amounting to Ksh 2.2 million.

The released patients included an orphan who had been detained for months over a Ksh100, 000 hospital bill.

The patients broke into dance and jubilation when Mombasa county government and hospital authorities gathered them and asked them to pick up their belongings and go home.

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Silvester Mbaji Kaulu, a peasant from Kaloleni in Kilifi county, had been admitted at the facility since November last year.

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An orphan Victoria Njoki,  who had a similar tale said she had been sick for months and no source of raising Ksh100,000.

Mombasa County Executive for Health Hazel Koitaba admitted that the county government is facing serious challenges in the provision of quality medical services to its citizens.

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This comes just two weeks after Kenyatta National Hospital made a similiar gesture and discharged 258 patients over unpaid bills.

The hospital said it had accrued a Ksh 5.6 billion deficit due to unpaid medical bills.

KNH board member Stanley Kamau said it is in the interest of the hospital for patients fit for discharge to be released.

The referral hospital is straining financially due to an outstanding 5.6 billion shillings deficit over unpaid bills.

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A special team has since been formed to investigate cases of patients detained in various hospitals countrywide for failing to pay hospital bills.

Health Principal Secretary Susan Mochache had tasked the team to probe nine private and public hospitals.

The facilities include Kenyatta National Hospital, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, Nairobi Hospital, Aga Khan University Hospital, and Mater Hospital.










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