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Six medics suspended over death of pregnant woman

05 July 2015, 17:02 Jane Zack

Busia - Six officers and an ambulance driver of Sio Port sub-district hospital who were on duty when a pregnant woman died while waiting to be moved to Busia County Referral Hospital after developing delivery complications have been suspended, Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong revealed Friday.

Chief Officer for Health and Sanitation, Ekisa Akisa said those interdicted include four clinical officers, two nurses and a driver.

Akisa said the suspended officials will appear before the advisory committee on Tuesday to unravel the mystery behind  the death of a 40-year-old pregnant widow after she was left writhing in pain for over 12 hours with no means to transfer her to Busia hospital.

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She said preliminary investigations reveal that two clinical officers are drug and alcohol addicts, adding that they will be the first to appear before the committee and will be sent packing if found guilty.

"If the negligence claims are ascertained, the officers responsible will be blacklisted. We shall not allow them to move to other health institutions in the country and promote their negligence tendencies," Ojaamong said.

The Governor reiterated that the government bought seven ambulances to be used for emergency cases  in all the seven sub counties, warning that bribes of KES 1 000 or more under the pretext of fueling the vehicles will not be tolerated.

Busia Referral Hospital Medical Superitedent, Dr Janerose Ambuchi said they will carry out a Maternal Death Review on the body this week to ascertain whether negligence led to the woman's death.

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