6 December 2012

Kenya: Patient Dies On Discharge From Kiambu District Hospital

Photo: The Star
Striking nurses.

A 35-year-old woman collapsed and died at Kangangi market in Kiambu. Mary Wanjiku had just left the hospital, where she had been treated and discharged, when she stopped for a drink of water at a hotel.

Her neighbour Jane Wambui, who had taken her to Kiambu District Hospital, said Wanjiku had been diagnosed with ulcers. "She has been sick for more than a month and was unable to eat. As we were going home she started sweating and went to ask for water in a hotel. That is where she collapsed and died," said Wambui.

The doctor prescribed an injection which was bought and administered. However, there was no one to carry out further tests prescribed by the doctor at the laboratory due to the nurses strike.

"We opted to go home because we could not get help. I carried Wanjiku on my back till we got to the hotel where she died," said Wambui.

Market official Johannah Mburu, with the help of deputy mayor Stephen Njenga, called the police and appealed to wananchi to donate money to take Wanjiku's body to the mortuary.

"It was unfortunate that the woman died in the presence of her son. We have todonate the money to transport her body back home," said Njenga. Wanjiku comes from Nyeri.

Kiambu Municipal Council officials in-charge of the ambulance donated from the Ministry of Nairobi Metropolitan ambulance refused to take the body to the mortuary arguing that they are not allowed to transport bodies. However, they later agreed to take the body to the mortuary.

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