Nurses dismiss KNH report on surgery blunder as skewed

Written By: Margaret Kalekye/Collins Anampiu

The National Nurses Association of Kenya has disputed the preliminary report from the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board, which has blamed the nursing department for the KNH brain surgery mix up.

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A committee constituted by KMPDB on Friday absolved two doctors from wrongdoing in the Kenyatta National Hospital surgery mix-up.

The associations’ chairman Alfred Obengo said the report was skewed to favour the two surgeons.

“While we equally question the legality of the preliminary enquiry, we state here categorically that it is technically impossible to pretend to come out with any iota of substantive findings within 24 hours on an issue of such magnitude,” said Alfred Obengo.

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He added “As nurses, we view that preliminary enquiry process and report as skewed to favour the doctors and a futile attempt to cleanse themselves in the court of public opinion,” he added.

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The committee said that the competence of Dr Hudson Ng’ang’a Kamau, who undertook the surgery assisted by Dr Mose Moraa, could not be questioned.

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It added that the two surgeons followed the proper procedure.

The committee chaired by Dr Jackson Kioko, who is the director of medical services in the Health Ministry, indicated that Mary Wahome, the nurse involved in the  incident, should be further probed to determine if she is still fit to serve in the environment.

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According to the board, Wahome complained of heavy workload at the hospital during the inquiry, saying that on the night of February 19 there were 61 patients and only three nurses attending to them.

The joint committee included members of the Nursing Council of Kenya and the Clinical Officers Council, among other authorities. It said it had interviewed 11 witnesses over the confusion that led to surgery on the wrong patient on February 19.





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