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Nurses cleared over the death of a newborn in Nyeri

07 March 2014, 10:22 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - Nurses at Nyeri Provincial General Hospital (PGH), maternity wing, Thursday got a reprieve after the government cleared them over claims of negligence leading to death of a newborn at the facility on January 16, 2014.

The committee investigating the circumstances under which the baby passed on concluded that the mother was to blame over the incident.

Nyeri county executive in charge of Health Services while releasing the report at the hospital said that the woman, Charity Wanjiku Ndigirigi was climbing down the bed whenever labour pains came contrary to the strict advice from the attending nurse.

Charity, 29 had raised concerns that her newborn baby died following negligence by the nurses who were on duty stating that they were asleep on a couch and her cries for help fell into deaf hears.

She also claimed that after delivery the nurses were not caring and were insulting her, allegations that Githinji dismissed.

Githinji said investigations were done by a committee that constituted of medical officers from the State department of health and others from the County Health Management team.

The investigative team was chaired by Gichuiyia Riara who is the county director of Health and a consultant gynecologist.

He said Wanjiku’s conduct during delivery contributed largely to the death of the infant and stated that the health workers should be absolved for the death.

“Should she have followed the advice to stay on bed the baby could not have died. She never made any attempt to cushion the baby from falling down at all,” stated Githinji.

He could not go, without further defending the nurses asserting that there was very little they would have done under the circumstances to prevent the death of the baby.

During the investigations, the committee identified that the position assumed by the mother as the baby was coming out was out of character with someone who has experienced a delivery, despite having established that Wanjiku got another child in year 2004.

The executive further downplayed negligence allegations saying that on the material night there were four nurses on duty and two doctors who were reviewing other patients who were in emergency situations at the time the incident occurred.

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