In Summary
  • In a statement, outgoing Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki said the patient was being transferred on Sunday from the Intensive Care Unit to the High Dependency Unit.
  • She said she had ordered the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Council to immediately investigate the matter and submit a report in two days.
  • Reached for comment on Sunday, the council's Chief Executive Officer, Mr Daniel Yumbya, said he was at the hospital for a meeting on the matter.

The Health ministry on Sunday ordered an investigation into The Nairobi Hospital after a patient was allegedly stuck in a lift for an hour and 15 minutes.

It was not immediately clear what the cause of the prolonged elevator jam was.

In a statement, outgoing Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki said the patient was being transferred on Sunday from the Intensive Care Unit to the High Dependency Unit.

"The hospital administration failed to find an immediate solution to the grave situation," Ms Kariuki said.

REPORT

The minister said she had been informed that this was not the first such case at the hospital.

She said she had, therefore, ordered the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Council to immediately investigate the matter and submit a report in two days.

"The hospital management is hereby directed to ensure patients at the facility are not exposed to similar situations in future," Ms Kariuki said.

'DELAYED RESPONSE'

A hospital staff member, who requested anonymity, said the patient was being "downgraded" from the ICU to the HDU before being taken to the ward.

"It's just that the lift failed and, it being a Sunday, there was a delay in response by the maintenance team."

Another staff member privy to the matter claimed other people were in the lift and that they were stuck for 20 minutes.

The source further said the elevator was not overloaded.

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