Governor Mutua suspends hospital staff over babies’ deaths

By: GASTON VALUSI

Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has suspended the Kangundo Level 4 Hospital administrator and subsequently appointed an eight-member taskforce to investigate circumstances that led to the death of four babies at the health facility.

The deaths occurred two weeks ago. Dr Mutua said the Hospital administrator Lawrence Mulungye has been sent on a month-long suspension to pave way for the investigations.

“The cleaning up of Machakos will continue. People who are not serious about their work and are corrupt will not be spared,” said Mutua.

THE TASKFORCE

The task force includes Health County Executive Ms Naomi Mutie, Health Chief Officer Mr Collins Sila, Dr Maxwell Ludanyo, Dr Charles Nzioki, Dr Kirubi Kariuki, Ms Juliana Muendo, Mr Jeremiah Mutunga and Ms Jacinta Kondo.

Addressing a news conference at his Machakos office, Mutua said the task force will investigate what happened, who was responsible and which systems failed.

He added that the team will also give recommendations on how to improve the quality of services and care at hospitals in the county.

The hospital, which is the second largest health facility in Machakos County, records a monthly average of 250 deliveries at its maternity unit and serves patients from from Mwala, Kangundo and Matungulu sub-counties.

KATHIANI HOSPITAL STAFF

Mutua also suspended four officers at the Kathiani Hospital for a month for alleged dereliction of duty.

They included the hospital administrator Alice Nyamai, Mbevi Mbole (Public Health Officer), Pauline Muia (Engineering Technician) and Faith Kamanthe (Public Health Officer).

On Tuesday, Mutua also sent home the Masinga Sub county Administrator Arnold Mbole and a driver Raphael Kauwe for allegedly attempting to divert 80 bags of cement meant for the construction of river dams in Kithyoko. He said police were investigating the case.

Two county inspectorate officers Abubakar Muli (Matungulu) and Michael Muasya (Mavoko) were also dismissed for collecting bribes from building contractors in the county.