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Nurses defend medic linked to paralysis of 28 Busia children

03 August 2015, 10:28 Jane Zack

Busia - The Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) has strongly dismissed the notion that all the affected 28 children who got paralyzed from an injection administered to them at Akichelesit dispensary, were injected by the alleged nurse.

In a report on findings released by KNUN, the officials said that they firmly believe that the injection trauma was caused by unqualified personnel masquerading as a healthcare professional, adding that they will take legal action against any person who attempts to continue linking the paralysis to the alleged nurse.

Speaking to journalists at a Busia hotel led by the union's secretary general Seth Panyako, they stressed that Kenyan nurses are qualified and that the paralysis should not be linked to one nurse. They stated that they are ranked the best in provision of nursing services and that their services are sought globally.

"We cannot have one nurse being used as a scapegoat and yet we know very well that the health sector has collapsed in Kenya; we cannot even manage cholera. The World Health Organization should know that we are sitting on a time bomb and Kenya is in danger," charged Panyako.

He further reiterated that the nurse who is alleged to have injected the children at Ketebat village, Teso North constituency does not hail from the community and that the remaining two nurses are not suspects.

"The support staff suspected of stealing drugs and treating patients in her house over the weekend hails from the same community with the affected lot," said Panyako.

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In a press statement read by the National Nurses Association of Kenya chairperson Winnie Shena, they urged the County government to take full responsibility and ensure that the affected children are provided with the best medical care to facilitate speedy recovery.

The team said that in their findings, the established that the suspected support staff who was stealing the drugs was treating patients from her home over the weekends, and she hails from the affected village.

"From December 17, 2014 to June 25, 2015 a total of 18 children were reported to have developed injection related neuritis and foot-drop, 17 of them reported to have supposedly received the injection at Akichelesit dispensary, 1 had been treated at Angurai health center, 1 from Moding healthe center while the other from St Mary's Chelelemu Mission hospital. However, two of the children had received treatment for bone infection in the year 2013 at a different health facility namely Angurai dispensary," part of the report on the findings read.

"Nurses should be involved in health care planning and prioritization for speedy implementation and efficient execution of health priorities within their practice setting in order to prevent pilferage, misuse and disuse of public resource," Panyako said.

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