In Summary
  • A letter from the board to the hospital's manager, Dr Gideon Mburu, noted that the decision was informed by a report that followed an inspection by health regulators.
  • According to the report, the consistent blockage of the sewer system, especially at the maternity unit, may have contributed to the unhygienic conditions which forced health workers to raise the alarm.
  • The regulators also found that services had been hampered by lack of basic equipment such as nebulisation and blood pressure machines, traction weights and reagents for the laboratory.
  • Meanwhile, the Senate Committee on Health said it would visit the hospital on Wednesday for an assessment following revelations of its deplorable state.

Kerugoya Referral Hospital will not admit patients now that the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board found it is in too poor a condition to continue offering medical care.

A letter from the board to the hospital's manager, Dr Gideon Mburu, noted that the decision was informed by a report that followed an inspection by health regulators.

According to the report, the consistent blockage of the sewer system, especially at the maternity unit, may have contributed to the unhygienic conditions which forced health workers to raise the alarm.

HOUSEFLIES

During its visit, the team found heaps of dirty linen in wards, the corridors, toilets and bathrooms.

“The linen that was being used by patients at the time of the inspection was worn out and dirty, evidenced by houseflies all over the wards and the compound."

It had not been cleaned as the washing machine had broken down.

Mothers in the new born unit are hard-hit are forced to clean their linen and the frequent shortage of baby formula makes matters worse for them.

NO EQUIPMENT

The regulators also found that services had been hampered by lack of basic equipment such as nebulisation and blood pressure machines, traction weights and reagents for the laboratory.

The hospital had been relying on a private laboratory, where patients were routinely referred.

“The laboratory is not able to perform basic tests such as the hemogram and urinalysis due to obsolete machines and lack of reagents,” stated the report.

The hospital also has inadequate blood supply, a situation that has forced patients' relatives to make donations there.

Some of the patients at the hospital said the services were delayed and poor.

"I arrived at the hospital at around 7am and by 2pm I had not been attended to," said Mr Julius Mureithi.

Cicily Nyaguthii complained that the public toilet had not been washed and that it had houseflies.

STAFF SHORTAGE

The report also noted a serious staff shortage following the sacking of casual labourers.

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