NAIROBI– The Governor of Nairobi County, Mike Sonko, has dismissed the entire board of the Pumwani Maternity Hospital here after the discovery of the undeclared bodes of 12 bodies stanshed in boxes and following complaints of lethargy and sabotage among hospital staff which has led to the loss of lives.
In an impromptu tour of the facility on Sunday, the Governor had found 12 undeclared bodies of infants stashed in boxes. On Monday, he also suspended Pumwani Hospital Superintendent Catherine Mutinda, Administration Officers Zadock Angahya and George Nyadimo together with obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. James Kamau.
The governor said stern action would be taken against those found to be sabotaging the good services offered to patients who seek services at the facility. Sonko noted that human life must be respected. He said the hospital’s management has to explain the circumstances under which the bodies were stuffed inside the boxes.
The visit followed complaints by the public that the management had shut down machines at the Maternity wing leading to the death of infants.
On Monday, Sonko was confronted by the lethargy at the facility as senior management officials were absent from work. Patients stood in long queues, some of them having been at the facility since Sunday night.
Senior doctors were also missing in action at a facility regarded as one of the biggest for residents of Nairobi and neighbouring counties.
The bodies are supposed to be in the mortuary but were wrapped in a polythene bags with one box having six bodies, another box five bodies and a third box one baby.
It is the manner in which the management was trying to conceal the deaths of the babies which has now raised questions. The hospital had previously been making the headlines over theft of babies, alleged negligence, poor services and maltreatment of women in labour.
The governor has vowed to get to the bottom of the deaths of the infants at the facility.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK