- Senator Cherargei faults Governor Sang’s Administration over increase in number of deaths at Kapsabet Hospital.
- Kapsabet Hospital Staff denies residents their rights to emergency medical attention.
- Nandi medical staff are reportedly on strike over pending renewal of contracts & promotions.
Nandi County Senator Wakili Kiprotich Cherargei has faulted Nandi County Government Executive for negligence and loss of lives at the Kapsabet County Referral Hospital.
This comes a week after an incident which occurred at the hospital whereby a resident – Magdalene Chepleting (31) allegedly lost her life due to negligence.
Hospital Staff Allegedly denied her, the urgent medical attention.
According to the family, the late Magdalene was rushed to Kapsabet County Referral Hospital arriving at around midnight and was admitted but left unattended for over 12 hours.
The county’s biggest public health facility was reportedly without nurses and doctors.
She was attended to, late on the following day, but did not receive the necessary medical attention.
She was allegedly misdiagnosed for ulcers when she was complaining about a headache.
Her situation worsened and the family grew exceedingly worried due to the apparent lack of proper medical attention at the hospital.
The family was forced to demand for her referral to Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) Eldoret.
Kapsabet hospital staff was reportedly reluctant to release her and valuable time was lost before she was referred to MTRH, Eldoret.
After she was released, the family requested for an ambulance from the hospital to provide fast transportation to Eldoret due to the worsening situation of the patient but shockingly, the hospital turned down the request.
The family had to look for alternative means of transportation and when they arrived at MTRH, it was too late, precious Magdalene succumbed.
The incident caused a public outcry with shocking backdrop reports that medical staff at the Kapsabet County Referral Hospital have been on strike over pending renewal of contracts, promotions and re-designation.
The medical staff have accused the county administration of ignoring their plea over renewal of contracts and or promotion and confirmation.
Senator Cherargei has expressed his concern over mismanagement of the County’s top public health facility and demanded an inquiry that everyone from Governor Stephen Sang to the workers at the hospital should be grilled on the negligence resulting in the loss of lives at the institution.
In late October, the County issued a memo directing termination of contracts for all contracted employees whose contracts were lapsing.
The memo indicated that no contracts were to be renewed and all staff whose contracts were lapsing were instructed not to report to work.
Following the memo, Senator Cherargei had asked the County Executive to renew all the contracts to ensure there was no disruption of services.
County Administration to take responsibility
Senator Cherargei now says the County administration should take responsibility for the deteriorated conditions & poor service delivery at the Kapsabet County Referral Hospital.
He faulted the county administration for failure to renew contracts of workers, most of whom he says have served dutiful and diligently in their roles.
He said the County administration was reluctant to renew the contracts because most of the employees were employed by previous administration.
He accused the County administration of foul play alleging intent to employ “own people”.
“The current situation at the Kapsabet County Referral Hospital is a clear case of mismanagement.
Governor Sang’s Administration toying with lives of residents
Cherargei pointed out that County administration is triffling with people’s lives. “It is unacceptable and we will not allow continued mismanagement resulting in further negligence and loss of lives,” Cherargei said.
“Staff are working under unfavorable conditions. For most of them, their contracts are coming to an end. They remain uncertain whether or not their contracts will be renewed,” he added.
Senator Cherargei said the County administration should come clear on the issue of renewal of contracts to eliminate unnecessary doubts that have dented staff motivation to work.
Some staff have been volunteering medical services at the Kapsabet County Referral Hospital for several years.
Recently, the County administration invited applications for positions including those they volunteered on.
Shockingly, none of the volunteers were shortlisted for interview for the positions despite meeting all requirements.
The Senator wondered why Kapsabet County Referral Hospital, despite being the biggest public health facility in the county remains underfunded, understaffed and not equipped to good status.
“Something is very wrong at the Kapsabet County Referral Hospital and we are taking this matter very seriously,” he said.
“The quality of healthcare that we are providing to our residents is wanting and it is all because of mismanagement of the health sector.
The County administration should take its responsibilities seriously,” he added.