In­jured pro­test­ers seek med­i­cal help

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - NATIONAL NEWS - BY AN­GELA OKETCH

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.

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