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Pumwani Hospital on spotlight again after the death of a pregnant mother and unborn child over negligence

A mother loses life and her unborn child after queuing for hours unattended at Pumwani Hospital.

According to reports, the lady died together with her unborn baby after queuing for four hours for an operation at Pumwani Hospital.

The deceased had been referred to the hospital after she developed complications which had necessitated a cesarean operation.

This has been revealed by Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale who called out Governor Johnson Sakaja Pumwani Hospital staffing.

Speaking on Saturday at Shirotsa Village in Khwisero Constituency while attending the burial of a 29-year-old who had lost her life in the hospital, Khalwale accused Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja of not adequately staffing Pumwani Hospital, which he said is leading to high mortality rates at the facility.

“She found Sakaja had not employed enough doctors to undertake surgery operations. That is why the small girl was queuing in the line,” Khalwale told mourners at Kisa West region.

He added that all the Governors in Kenya had failed to manage the health sector despite receiving the necessary funds from the National Government.

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Senator Khalwale further said that no patient in Kenya should queue for four hours to receive a life-saving procedure. 

“If she had been operated on time, we would not be here today,” Khalwale stated while blaming Sakaja for the tragedy. 

Pumwani Hospital has courted controversy since the inception of devolution and has come close to being shut down indefinitely on several occasions.

In 2018, the Senate faulted the Nairobi County Government for neglect after reports highlighted frequent infant deaths at the institution.

Sakaja who was the Nairobi Senator at the time accused the county government of running down the institution through mismanagement and plunder. 

In 2020, there was a public outcry after after a woman delivered her baby by the roadside, outside the facility’s gates after she was denied entry to the hospital. 

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