MYWO, cler­ics irked by hospi­tal poor state

Pa­tients sleep on the floor for lack of beds

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Coast - ERNEST CORNEL @OduorErnest

The Maen­deleo Ya Wanan­wake Or­gan­i­sa­tion and the Coast In­ter­faith Coun­cil of Cler­ics are com­plain­ing for lack of drugs and poor ser­vices at the Coast Pro­vin­cial Gen­eral Hospi­tal.

They have crit­i­cised neg­li­gence, which they say has reached plumbed new depths.

De­spite the county pump­ing bil­lions of shillings into ren­o­va­tion of the fa­cil­ity, the two groups say only one wing of the hospi­tal is in good con­di­tion. The rest, they said, is in a “pa­thetic” state.

They said most of pa­tients sleep on the floor for lack of beds.

“The floors are dirty as they are not reg­u­larly cleaned,” MYWO chair­per­son Afia Rahma said.

She said ac­ci­dent vic­tims who need emer­gency treat­ment can spend up to three hours on ar­rival be­fore be­ing at­tended to.

“The avail­able doc­tors con­cen­trate on a few. Above that, nurses and doc­tors in the fa­cil­ity have poor at­ti­tude,” Rahma said.

CICC board mem­ber Bishop Dena Jonathan said it is dif­fi­cult to have a trans­fu­sion as the hospi­tal’s blood bank is al­ways dry.

They spoke on Fri­day at the Mom­basa Beach Ho­tel when they met with African Peer Re­view Mech­a­nism of­fi­cials.

Re­gional co­or­di­na­tor Nelson Marwa said he will visit the fa­cil­ity.

“If it turns out to be true, I will ask Gover­nor Has­san Joho to sort out the mess,” he said.

Marwa, how­ever, said the big­gest hospi­tal at the Coast has un­der­gone ro­bust im­prove­ment, with in­stal­la­tion of vi­tal med­i­cal equip­ment.


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