In Summary

  • The hospital did not have an ambulance and the family claims they had to look for one.
  • A doctor at the hospital said they had recommended St John's Ambulance to the family as they did not have one.

A family in Nakuru town is accusing a private hospital of negligence after an eight-year-old boy died on Friday while waiting to be transferred to Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH).

The family said the boy was taken to St Elizabeth Medical Centre near Nakuru town after he developed a fever, but his condition worsened at the hospital.

“When he came in here he was walking but after they administered an injection, he stopped talking and became immobile. He could not even eat,” said James Muigai, the boy’s uncle.

Mr Muigai said the doctors told them they needed to transfer the child to Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi for further treatment.

OXYGEN

The hospital did not have an ambulance and the family claims they had to find one themselves.

“We got an ambulance from Rongai Sub-County, but it lacked an oxygen tank and therefore could not be used,” Mr Muigai told the Nation.

He said they asked the hospital to lend them an oxygen tank but they were asked to deposit money for it.

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