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Woman losses baby due to nurses' negligence

17 January 2014, 09:50 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - A family in Chaka Kieni, Nyeri County is in a somber mood following the death of their newborn at Nyeri Provincial General Hospital (PGH).

Peter Ndigirigi Njiraini said he took his wife, Charity Wanjiku, to the hospital on Tuesday night after she went into labour.

Wanjiku, 27, was admitted at the hospital but the nurses were asleep on the table and others on couches as the family waited.

An hour later, one nurse turned up and escorted her to the maternity wing as she suffered severe labour pains.

Peter narrated that he was called by his wife informing him that she had delivered but the baby fell from the bed and passed away.

“She called me saying that doctors were not attending to her despite raising alarm due to pain. The nurses were sleeping and ignored her cry of pains. The baby fell from the bed and passed away,” said Peter.


In his quest for an explanation from the senior doctors, Peter was thrown out of the facility by three security officers.

“I inquired why they were not attending to my wife but the doctor refused to talk to me and called some security officers and police officers guarding the hospital to throw me out. They also wanted to assault me,” he told journalists at the hospital Thursday.

During a fact finding mission, the medical superintendent in charge of the hospital, Cyrus Njoroge ruled out possibility of negligence but attributed the case to shortage of nurses.

He said that three nurses and six patients in the respective maternity room were in a critical condition that day, and some were to be taken to theatre.

He however said that Wanjiku delivered while standing and she was not following nurse’s instructions especially after she was ordered to lay down on a bed.

Nyeri Provincial General Hospital currently has 250 nurses instead of the required 600, according to Njoroge.

He said number of patients seeking services from the facility has increased since the free maternity services began stating that some patients are forced to share beds.

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