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Infant dies of neglect at Kitale district hospital

11 July 2012, 13:52 Joy Monday

The death of an infant rescued by a Good Samaritan from a maize plantation has sparked off protest from the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission CJPC and residents of in Trans-Nzoia County.

Nurses at the Kitale district hospital refused to admit the infant and referred the Samaritan to take it to the police and also report.
Immaculate Shamalla the rights and governance officer at the CJPC demanded for immediate action against negligence by the nurses.
The Samaritan discovered the child dumped at her maize field at Village, 4km away from Kitale town.

She then took the infant to the hospital but nurses at ward X asked her to go with the child to Kitale police and report the recovery before the infant could be admitted.

‘I was inspecting my maize when I discovered the baby. I took it to the hospital but I the nurse told me they would not admit it because no one would take care of the child and insisted that I take it to the police,” said the rescuer who declined to named.

The infant died at Rehema Ministry in Step Foundation where the children office had directed to care for the baby. An official of the foundation a Mr. Jeff confirmed that the infant had died at the institution.

“It is true we have lost the infant and it is because it was attended on time after being exposed to unfavorable weather,” said Jeff. Protesting against the claims of neglect at the hospital, Shamalla urged the government to punish the nurses.

Kitale OCPD Lucas Ogara said they were investigating the death and pledged to prosecute those responsible. This is a serious matter and we are not going to rest until the matter is probed and those responsible fore the death of the infant brought o book,’ he assured.

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