Laikipia County sacks two nurses who left woman to die as they attended a colleague’s birthday


Laikipia County Government has taken action following the death of a 58-year-old woman at the Nanyuki Teaching and Referral Hospital on Monday, May 31.

According to a statement issued by the county’s health Chief Executive Officer (CEC) Mrs. Rose Maitai, two senior laboratory officers at the facility have been interdicted for negligence.

A statement on the tragic incident at Nanyuki Teaching & Referral Hospital on May 31st [email protected]

— County Government of Laikipia (@LaikipiaCountyG) June 4, 2021

The two; Phidelis Wachie and Clement Wambugu who served as Senior Laboratory Office and Laboratory Technologist respectively, will henceforth cease working at the hospital until an investigation into the matter is concluded.

The Health CEC confirmed that a birthday party was being held at one of the facility’s rooms, saying the two abandoned duty leading to the death of a patient.

“We have carried out our investigations and it has indicated that there was a bit of laxity and rudeness to patients by two of our staff and we have interdicted them,” she said.

She further added that after all is considered, having a birthday party was not wrong but the nurses ought not to have halted service delivery for the sake of a celebration.

“There was a birthday party that happened in the department, and from where we sit there’s really nothing wrong with having a birthday party, the only mistake that the staff did is to halt service delivery in the name of celebration.”

The latest action by the county government comes just days after a section of Laikipia residents took to the streets to protest the death of patients at the hospital.

On Monday, May 31, 58-year-old Halima Hassan was rushed to the Nanyuki Teaching and Referral Hospital by her family after getting sick at home.

At the hospital, samples were taken from her for testing and they were told to wait for 5 minutes to be served.

According to the deceased’s daughter Sophia, the 5 minutes turned into an over thirty minutes wait and the eventual death of her mother.

24-year-old Njoki’s death

Initial media reports had indicated that another patient, 24-year-old Jane Njoki also died at the hospital while the birthday party was held.

According to the Laikipia County Chief Officer for Health Donald Mugoi, Njoki died on June 1 – a day after the party, after experiencing postpartum problems due to heavy bleeding.

Mugoi said Njoki had been on medication for one month and had also been referred to Kenyatta National Hospital for further medication.

“We hear reports that she died of excessive bleeding. How could she have bled for one month while hospitalised at the Nanyuki Hospital?”

”She(Njoki) had been on medication for one month and had been referred to the Kenyatta National Hospital,” he said.

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