The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Seven-Month-Old Baby Dies At Coast Hospital

A seven months year old infant died yesterday at the gates of Coast Provincial General Hospital due to lack of medical attention. The infant was said to be suffering from vomiting and diarrhea and her mother had earlier sought medical care at a private hospital in Maweni area, Kisauni District.

The mother of the baby Caroline Magolo rushed the infant to Coast General Hospital and found the gates open and on entering, they were stranded on the next step to take since there were no doctors in sight.

"Just as I held my child with hopes that medics would come and save the situation, I was shocked to realize she had already passed on,"she said in pain. She added that was her only baby to her husband and blamed the doctor's strike for her demise. The doctors' strike which began on Wednesday enters its fourth day, with hundreds of patients being turned away.

Johnstone Hemedi, the father to the infant told the Star that the baby had started ailing on Wednesday and took her to a private hospital where he spent a fortune since public hospitals had been closed and she got some medication.

"The situation deteriorated yesterday morning around 10 am and we rushed the baby to Coast Provincial General Hospital hoping that our daughter's life would be saved," he said.

He said that that was the only hospital they could afford because its a public one and could not be able to pay other expenses in a private hospital.

Hemedi added that the government should chip in and do something about the strike because many lives of innocent Kenyans are at stake due to lack of medical attention.

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