Injured protesters seek medical help
The extent of injuries when demonstrators clashed with police in Kisumu on Wednesday came to the fore yesterday.
At Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital, 26 patients lined up with various issues ranging from gunshot wounds, bruises from being clubbed and respiratory problems from inhaling teargas, to burns from chemicals.
A pregnant woman was taken in unconscious after inhaling teargas, medics said. The effect on the unborn baby was yet to be determined.
Among those caught in the fracas, six were children.
The Nation team caught up with Mr Lucas Otieno writhing in pain and nursing wounds at the hospital.
Mr Otieno and two others were shot after protesters and anti-riot police clashed in Kondele.
He was shot in the groin while another man, Mr Rashid Odhiambo, was shot in the chest. They had just been operated on and lay in bed when the Nation visited. Another victim was yet to go to the theatre for removal of a bullet in the hand.
Dr Juliana Otieno, the hospital’s medical superintendent, said she was afraid that should the protests continue, more people might check in for medical help at a time when nurses are on strike.
26 People who sought medical attention after injuries sustained during Wednesday’s Nasa protests.