16 newborns escape death after Mbagathi hospital fire


16 newborns escape death after Mbagathi hospital fire

In Summary

  • The Mbagathi Hospital recently hit the headlines over its poorly constructed maternity wing.
  • A report revealed that though the hospital allegedly spent Ksh.220million on the project four years ago, cracks have already emerged on the roof and walls.
  • “The maternity wing which was constructed some few years back has exhibited certain structural defects that have led to the water leakages from visible cracks in the walls and ceilings.
  • "This floods the floor and creates electric currents that expose patients and staff to electric shock," a memo from former Health Services Chief Officer Thomas Ogaro reads.

Mothers and their newborns narrowly escaped death on Tuesday night after a fire incident at the Mbagathi Hospital maternity wing.

Some who were pregnant were however forced to spend the night in the cold as the hospital staff tried to extinguish the fire.

“16 newborns were in the incubator at a time when the building caught fire but fortunately there is no death reported,” Kilimani Police boss Michael Muchiri said.

The newborns have been moved to the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH), he added.

The Mbagathi Hospital recently hit the headlines over its poorly constructed maternity wing.

A report in a local daily revealed that though the hospital allegedly spent Ksh.220million on the project four years ago, cracks have already emerged on the roof and walls.

On Wednesday, the Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) condemned the hospital management for ignoring warnings from engineers who inspected the facility.

“We are aware that maternity wing of Mbagathi had serious issues…the cracked walls exposed staff and patients to infections,” KNUN Secretary General Seth Panyako said.

“We want the CEC to be summoned and impeached..we can’t have a CEC who can not respect results of experts,” he added.

 

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