Another life lost at Kakamega County Hospital

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The Kakamega County Hospital entrance


The Kakamega County Referral Hospital entrance
The Kakamega County Referral Hospital entrance

Weeks after a pregnant mother died at the Kakamega County Referral Hospital on claims of negligence, a university student has passed on, under similar circumstances.

The late Abigael Chesire a third year student at Masinde Muliro University of science and technology passed on at around 2.30 am Monday after being admitted the previous night with abdominal pains.

According to family members, the late who had delivered a week earlier through caesarean at the same facility had complained of abdominal pains and was rushed at the facility for check up.

According to the family, the late was not attended to the whole night until she passed on towards morning.

The Kakamega County executive in charge of health Penina Mukabane has confirmed the death saying that a team to investigate the issue is already on the ground.

Mukabane says that the late arrived at the facility at around 5pm the previous evening and was admitted at the gynae ward (ward 8) where similar cases are attended to.

She has assured that a stern action will be taken against any health worker involved if negligence will be proved.

She however called upon the residents to be keen with their health wanting them to seek medical attention immediately one feels unwell to avoid similar incidences that mostly occur due to coming to hospital late.

This comes a week after the Kakamega county governor Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya came up with an independent seven member team to investigate the earlier case.

Oparanya gave the seven a total of seven days to table the results after another team set by the national government deed their investigations and left without sharing their findings with the county.

“Given that the health sector is fully devolved, we as a county have decided to set up an independent team to investigate the clinical and professional handling of the patients across medical institutions that handled the case.” said Oparanya as he presented the team.

The late woman in the first case  had earlier received health services at Mukumu Mission Hospital and from a private doctor who noticed that the baby she was carrying had died before referring her to Kakamega County Hospital where she passed on due to delayed services.