Alarm Raised Over KNH Services

The Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) has in the recent past hit the headlines of our mainstream media all for the wrong reasons. For status,KNH is the most sorted out health facility by the average class citizens of this country.

This year alone,three different cases of unprofessionalism have been reported at KNH. In the beginning of the year, it was reported that some of the expectant women who had their delivery there were raped as they went to breastfeed their infants in the wee hours of the mornings and nights.

Another incident occurred where a young man had brought back his wife who allegedly had a heart problem for treatment in the same health facility. Accompanied by his two little infants barely two week old,the young man had to wait all through the night for over nine hours before he could get any help. The doctor who was to attend to his wife apparently disappeared with an excuse that his office was to be cleaned first, only to return back mid morning of the following day. As if that wasn’t enough, the young man had to lose one of his infants to a lady stranger whom he thought could be of help in holding the baby as he made sure his wife was being attended to. The baby was later found a day later in Nairobi’s Kawangware area.

It is of no doubt that this was the story that made the exposé on KNH and Kenyans began asking questions and expressing their doubts on the credibility of both health and security officials at the facility.

Barely twenty four hours ago, Kenyatta National Hospital hit the headlines yet for another negative reason.This time, a brain surgery was conducted on a wrong patient who had no brain problem whatsoever. It is alleged that the mix up occured when the patient was wrongly registered as to be scheduled for surgery when he was suffering from a different ailment.

From these three incidents,it can be established then that most officials at the facility are not credible in carrying out their duties and serving the members of the public. Life is something that one cannot have back once it has been taken away.

It is commendable what the health Cabinet Secretary Secily Kariuki did by sending KNH CEO Lily Koros on compulsory leave in trying to bring back sanity in the health national facility. Matters to do with human lives require a lot of ethics and professionalism and not just academic qualifications.

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