30 Mentally Sick People Kicked out of Port Reitz District Hospital in Mombasa

  • 30 mentally sick people were forcibly discharged from the Port Reitz District Hospital in Mombasa on Wednesday.

    This followed the nationwide strike by nurses that kicked off on Monday.

    The patients' relatives were called and asked to come and pick them.

    "We were told to bring them back when the strike is called off," a parent who had come to pick up her daughter stated.

    Others patients who visited the hospital seeking treatment were also turned away.

    Port Reitz is the second largest mental institution in the country after Mathari Mental Hospital in Nairobi.

    Earlier on, seven people were confirmed dead at the Coast General Hospital and one in Samburu.

    At the Meru Teaching and Referral Hospital, 390 patients were discharged with 100 being taken to mission hospitals.

    At the Rift Valley Provincial General Hospital in Nakuru, patients who had travelled from far were told to return home or seek services in private facilities.

    In Embu, all the 680 nurses working in public hospitals boycotted work while in Kirinyaga County, 51 critically ill inpatients at the Kerugoya Level Five Hospital were left unattended.

    The nurses went on strike on Monday accusing the County Governments of not fulfilling their Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

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