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Relatives break hospital fence to sneak patients out as strike lingers

11 December 2013, 15:24 Robert Kibet

Nakuru - There was drama at the Rift Valley Provincial General Hospital when family members broke part of the perimeter wall to sneak their patients out of the hospital due to poor services occasioned by the ongoing health workers strike.

Poor services and neglect of patients are what caused the angry family members to storm the hospital, fearing for the lives of their loved ones.

Services in public hospitals across the country were paralyzed for the second day Wednesday following disagreements on devolution of the health sector.

Michael Mwangi, whose wife experienced stillbirth, confronted security guards who denied him a chance to transfer his wife to a different hospital.

However, members of the public came to his aid and helped him sneak out the ailing wife through the dismantled perimeter fence.

“I came here to see my wife and when she was taken to the theatre for screening, the nurses told me to wait only to find out that she had had a stillbirth,” narrated Mwangi.

Mwangi also revealed that three patients died in their hospital beds, allegations that were not ascertained as the PGH Medical Superintendent could not be reached for a comment.

The patients lamented that no department was functioning in the hospital and they were forced to endure hunger, as no food was served.

Another victim, Beatrice Mumbi's grandchild was removed from the incubator early Tuesday and advised to seek medical attention elsewhere by the doctors.

However, Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union South Rift branch Secretary, Dr. Oroko Samwel maintained that they will not relent until the government meets their demands.

Dr. Oroko reiterated that, they were not opposed to devolution but their salary, promotion and training should be handled by the Central government.

“We are not asking for salary increment but petitioning the government to stop devolving our personal emoluments until a Health Service Commission was put in place to address the health workers issues,” Dr. Oroko said.

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