Things turned out nasty at the Nanyuki Teaching and Referral Hospital two women died while awaiting treatment as the hospital staff held a birthday party for a colleague.

As a result, two families in Nanyuki, Laikipia County, are seeking justice for their kins. The family of 58-year-old Halima Hassan is demanding answers as to why they had to lose their mother while the hospital staff was holding a birthday party. 

According to reports, It is alleged that the family took Halima to hospital with a problem associated with high blood pressure. The nurses were apparently organizing a surprise birthday party at the laboratory thus did not give the patient the required attention.

After asking why it was taking too long for her mother to be attended to, according to Sophia Hassan, the daughter of the deceased, a confrontation emerged between her and the staff at the emergency department. 

Sadly, the grieving daughter claims that her mother died in her hands while seated on the grass, She was forced to wait for the nurses to complete their party.

In what turned into an over 30-minute wait leading to the death of her mother, Sophia said the nurses asked them to wait for 5 minutes to be attended to. 

Seeking answers as to why Halima had to suffer a premature death, the family is now accusing the hospital administration of negligence in handling the matter.

Suffering the same fate was the family of Jane Njoki in Ichuga. The 24-year-old’s mother, Beatrice Nyawira, has begun burial arrangements after Njoki, her second-born child, died due to excessive bleeding after giving birth.

She was not attended to since the nurses said they do not work on holidays as her husband, Ibrahim Mohammed, claims that they went to donate blood to save her life and even bought medicines from outside the hospital to no avail.

Mohammed says, that after hours of waiting, they came to learn that operations in the hospital were running slowly due to a surprise birthday party that was being conducted at the laboratory.

Investigations are presently underway and the matter will be attended to according to the Employment and Integrity Act of the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) as indicated by Laikipia County Governor Ndiritu Muriithi.

However, he asked the residents to focus on the benefits that they get from the hospital, and not criticize it because of a few negative incidents.



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