Three die in Coast General Hospital

By John Kioria

Three people are reported to have died Tuesday at the Coast General Hospital in Mombasa as the effects of the countrywide Health workers strike continues to bite.

A spot-check by KBC TV revealed that Doctors and Nurses left the Hospitals unattended occasioning an expansive humanitarian crisis.

This even as government  continued to call for sobriety in the talks as it asked doctors and nurses to go back to work and save Kenyans the agony of failing to get medical care.

The three deaths are reported to have occurred after the doctors refused to attend to them as the health workers strike entered its second day Tuesday.

Stephen Mwaura claims his sister Emma Waithera died on Tuesday morning after doctors failed to turn up at the Coast General Hospital to attend to her.

The hospital had also denied them a permit to move their sister to a private hospital for medical care after they accrued 10,000 shillings medical bill.

It was the same script in Laikipia County with medical services in public hospitals in the county and the neighboring Nyandarua remained paralyzed with health workers staying away from work.

Residents were spotted moving their loved ones from public hospitals to a private medical facility in Nyahururu and around Nanyuki.

The affected hospitals being Nyahururu_Sub-County Referral and Nanyuki Referral hospitals, Kinamba sub district hospital and Rumuruti sub district hospital among other health centers.

In Tharaka Nithi County, things were on a standstill at the Chuka Referral Hospital as the facility remained closed with no doctor or patient on sight. Security guards and mortuary attendants were the only signs of life in the compound.

The same situation replicated in the neighboring Meru South and Maara district s medical facilities remained non-operational.

In Migori County, a baby placed in an incubator after being born at the Migori County Referral Hospital was reported dead after the health workers went on strike.

The facility also remained closed as Health workers stayed away from work with area residents being forced to seek medical care in the neighboring Tanzania.

This even as the government continued to appeal to the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union to call off  the strike and return to work to bring to end the humanitarian crisis that has gripped the country in the last 36 hours.

Government spokesman Eric Kiraithe while committing that the government was keen on addressing all the grievances by the Health workers called on the medical community to hold their call to service and their oath of office.




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