BOSIRE: Dear Sonko, populist actions at Pumwani won’t stop babies from dying


BOSIRE: Dear Sonko, populist actions at Pumwani won't stop babies from dying

In Summary

  • There are no body bags to keep the deceased in before transfer to the morgue.
  • Hospital staff have to make do with whats available.
  • Carton boxes and plastic disposal bags are the most available temporary storage for these little angels.

One more time Pumwani Hospital faces public mobbing, led by its own Governor Mike Sonko.

He suspends his foot soldiers instead of his ‘advisors’. What happened to facts? The Press has joined in the lynching.

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Pumwani has no morgue. All bodies of deceased mothers, newborns and stillbirths are collected by the city mortuary morticians in the morning.

Before, this happened on a daily basis but nowadays it happens on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

For the little angels who pass on before birth or in the new born units due to complications, the families have the option of taking them to bury or they can give them up and the hospital then has them buried.

This happens in both public and private sector, permissible by law.

There are no body bags to keep the deceased in before transfer to the morgue. Hospital staff have to make do with whats available.

Carton boxes and plastic disposal bags are the most available temporary storage for these little angels.

Every deceased person, irrespective of age, is registered in the death notification register provided by by the registrar of persons (births and deaths).

Each of these little ones is moved to the city mortuary with an attached notification, they are not just statistics.

Pumwani has accounted for six deaths in the period between Friday 14th to Sunday 16th.

Only six deaths are listed.this number is against 156 deliveries conducted in the said period in time. Being a referral hospital receiving complicated cases is not uncommon.

The question is that, did governor Sonko bother to find out about this? No, instead he chose to call it sinister because he didn’t understand about it, he then proceeded to suspend the team without further investigation.

Healthcare in Kenya is in the gutter right now, decisions like these bury it further and Nairobi’s scorecard does not look good at all, then again how can it when top leadership prefers to rule in this mannerism.

Populist actions wont stop babies from dying. And with this i rest my case, let me mourn my disgraced maternity jewel in peace.

This piece was initially written by Dr. Nelly Bosire on her Twitter account. Dr. Bosire is an Obstetrician/Gynaecologist and former chair of the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KPMDU)

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