EXPECTANT women and mothers yesterday expressed their frustration with Pumwani Maternity Hospital for not communicating its decision to close down the facility.
The women, some who had camped outside the hospital with their young ones, said the hospital failed to conduct their ante and post natal checkups. This comes as the Nairobi county workers' strike enters its second week. The staff have vowed to stay put until their demands are met.
Pumwani was closed down on Friday after it became impossible for a few medics to attend to patients. Yesterday mid-morning, the workers marched from the hospital to join their colleagues in the CBD, leaving behind the security team only. "We are staying put to advise our clients to seek medical help elsewhere as we are not attending to anybody until we get paid," a member of staff said. All wards at the facility remained closed.
Babies in nurseries were transferred to Kenyatta National Hospital. "Towards the end of last week we were handling emergency cases only but by Friday we started sending away the mothers as there was no one to attend to them," said the source. A government doctor at the hospital appealed to the media to publicise the closure.
The doctor said most of the women were being inconvenienced due to lack of information. "They keep coming here. Some of them are too weak to commute to another hospital, yet nothing is being done to inform them of the current status," the doctor said.
Patients who had earlier been admitted were transferred to Mama Lucy Hospital and KNH.