The woman accused of attacking a Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) nurse says she did it out of pain and anger.
Pamela Akinyi says she rushed to the hospital after she received unfortunate news that her 17 year old son Elisha Juma had died.
The 40 year old single mother of two was informed of the death by her son Gideon Ogola, who was looking after Juma when she was away.
Pamela claimed that the nurse rudely told her that they had dealt with Ogola and hence, could not attend to her.
She said that on asking the nurse to explain why she couldn’t be notified as the mother of the deceased, the nurse walked away.
She alleges that her late son had earlier informed her that the nurses at the facility were harassing him. He even wanted to be transferred to another hospital but the doctors refused.
She also dismissed claims that she strangled the nurse and denied allegations that she used a blunt object to hit the health worker.
On Monday, nurses at KNH morning downed tools to protest the assault of their colleague by the deceased patient’s family.
Kenya National Union of Nurses chairman Seth Panyako said nurses withdrew their services on grounds of security challenges at the facility.
Panyako said they will use the opportunity to lobby for proper management of KNH.
KNUN vice chairman Moses Chirchir said the attacker strangled the nurse leaving her unconscious.
The nurses, however, agreed to resume duty in the afternoon after KNH Management committed to foot the injured nurses’ medical bill.
The aggrieved caregivers through their umbrella body Kenya National Union of Nurses also called on the government to give them additional security