Health Cabinet Secretarty (CS) Sicily Kariuki on Friday suspended Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Lilian Koros.
She was sent on compulsory leave to allow investigations into the blunder that saw neurosurgeons operate on the wrong patient at the hospital.
KNH Director of clinical services Benard Githae was also sent on compulsory leave following the incident that caused public uproar.
"I have directed the CEO of KNH and the colleague responsible for this to be sent on compulsory leave," she stated.
[caption caption="Health CS Sicily Kariuki with Kemri Chairman naphtali agata (Facebook)"][/caption]
The CS announced that Dr. John Ong'ech and Thomas Mutie would take over in an acting capacity.
"We will ensure every Kenyan that we are called to serve is served efficiently, effectively and minimize confusion such as the one we have seen here," CS Kariuki affirmed.
The Health CS made this directive after the morning incident that saw the KNH medics perform surgery on a different patient in what was reported to be a mix up.
The CS explained that the confusion arose at the dressing room where the patient was mistakenly identified and taken to the theatre room where he was operated on.
It is reported that the surgeons realised the mistake two hours into the operation after opening up the patient and discovering the patient did not have a clot in the brain.
"The patient who was taken to theatre had the names belonging to a patient who ought not to have been taken to theatre," the CS explained.
[caption caption="KNH CEO Lily Koros (Twitter)"][/caption]
Following the blunder, Koros announced the suspension of the neurosurgeon, ward nurse, theatre receiving nurse and the anaesthetist who were on duty that night.
“The management has suspended the admission rights of a neurosurgery registrar and issued him with a show-cause letter for apparently operating on the wrong patient,” stated Koros.
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