Paralysed kids will recover fully, says Director of Medical Services
29 July 2015, 11:54
Nairobi - The Director of Medical Services Nicholas Muraguri has said most of the children who were paralyzed after receiving injections at a dispensary in Busia County will recover.
According to Muraguri, 22 children are almost on their way to full recovery. Only two have a bone infection and will be brought to Nairobi for specialized care.
“The bone infection in the two children was not caused by the injection. It was there before,” Muraguri said.
He said the nurse who administered the injections had been suspended, and will be deregistered or prosecuted if found guilty.
“The nurse used a wrong injection technique while administering the injection. The injections were not supposed to be administered on the children’s buttocks. Children under the age of 10 years are usually injected on thighs.
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“We are also suspecting that the drug was not properly diluted hence the mess,” Muraguri said.
He said they had embarked on a mission to offer fresher courses to all health workers to avoid such cases in future.
“We have started offering fresher training on injection safety to health workers across the country because we do not want a repeat of the same anywhere,” Muraguri said.
However, the parents of the affected children on Tuesday said they had not received any help from the government despite its promise to help the disabled children.
Health Cabinet Secretary had a rough time explaining to MPs what transpired during the injection, and what the government is doing to help the children.
He said the government was committed to help the children get the best medical care in Nairobi.
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