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Patients share ward with dead bodies in Kwale

29 April 2016, 12:56

Mombasa - Patients at Msambweni sub-County hospital in Kwale County are sharing wards with the dead.

This is because the hospital takes up to three days to remove bodies of patients who succumb to illnesses.

Speaking to People Daily, the hospital superintendent however said the practice has been influenced by local culture that doesn’t encourage preservation of bodies in morgues.

Health institutions from across the country have hit the headlines over their dilapidated state recently.

Last week, pictures emerged of another hospital in Kakamega hospital with patients sleeping in cut-out cartons, with further reports indicating that the facility did not have important life-saving equipment such as the suction machine.

At Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital in the Kisumu County, Standard reported cases of patients being discharged before recovery to pave way for new admissions.

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