Written by Mulindi Carey and Baxton Kakiya
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Kaimosi Hospital administrator Calystus Ayodi has encouraged Kaimosi residents’ especially expectant mothers who visit traditional birth attendants to seek medical attention from trained experts.
Speaking to West FM Mr. Ayodi said that the region is recording high child mortality rate due to laxity in attending Hospital Services during pregnancy a thing that poses high dangers to the mothers and their unborn babies.
He has also encouraged the residents to use mosquito nets so as to avert the rise of malaria cases that are recorded highly in the hospital.
Elsewhere in the recent past there have been an outcry from members of the public who are accessing Sabatia Sub District Hospital for treatment citing poor hygiene and lack of well trained staff to handle the various medical cases the Hospital receives.
The most recent case is of a cleaner in the health centre who injects patients even without having been trained a practice that has made most children in the region being physically paralyzed.
It is alleged that the hospital lacks the very basic commodities such as syringes and its sanitation is wanting.
Speaking to West Fm, a junior staff who is not allowed to speak to the media revealed that the management of the hospital is to blame for all the problems bedeviling the hospital.
On shortage of drugs in the Hospital, he said that the Hospital has no apparent reason to complain of drugs shortage because the system in place ‘‘the Pull System’’ allows for distribution of drugs on the basis of the number of persons accessing the facility which at Sabatia is estimated to be 36,966 people.
The officer argued that the drugs distributed to hospitals these days are provided by USAID through KEMSA but upon reaching hospitals like for the case of Sabatia it finds its way outside the hospitals to chemists owned by some of the people in the management of the Hospital.
The conditions in the wards are even unacceptable to health facility as hygiene is poor and stench smell fills the wards.
There are no mosquito nets in spite of its distribution in the hospital. According to the report presented to the Ministry of Health by the hospital they have with 1000 nets a data that does not tally with the one in the hospital records which indicates that only 200 mosquito nets were received.
The hospital has three clinical officers who seldom perform their duties. It is alleged they spent most of their time outside the hospital premises drinking alcohol. Patients wait in long queues in the hospital for services that are not available.
The hospital has inadequate number of nurses that has led to the few available to work long hours as some are forced to work both day and night shifts without rest.
Things are worse in the maternity ward as despite the fact that expectant mothers pay a flat rate of KSh. 500 for services, there are no essential commodities to be used in the maternity ward and they are forced to purchase the essentials to be used yet it is supposed to be covered in the KSh. 500 bearing in mind that delivery in public hospital is supposed to be free of charge.
The maternity wards have broken window panes and broken beds yet the hospital receives KSh. 127 000 every financial year for renovations, repairs and purchase of hospital facilities.
The residents around Sabatia are suggesting a thorough and total audit and reshuffle in the hospital lest the hospital collapses because everything seems to have gone off beat.
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