Kenya Medical Board Cracks Whip on Kenyatta National Hospital

  • The Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board has resolved to sue the Kenyatta National Hospital and Coptic hospital, for failing to attend to a patient - Alex Madaga.

    The deceased was in a critical state after he was knocked down by a speeding car along Waiyaki Way but the hospitals failed to admit him, a move that led to his death.

    The Medical Board cleared three other hospitals Madaga was taken to at the night of tragic accident, as there were no substantial evidence to incriminate them. The facilities include; Nairobi Women’s Hospital, P.C.E.A Kikuyu Hospital and Ladnan Hospital.

    The investigations into the unfortunate incident followed a directive by the Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia instructing the Medical Board to submit a report on what happened to Madaga.

    KNH and Coptic hospitals were found at fault by the Preliminary Inquiry Committee formed to probe the matter for neglecting Madaga who was in dire need of medical attention.

    “The committee finds that the complaint against KNH and Coptic has merit. Appropriate charge sheets will be drawn within the next 21 days and the matter be referred to the Professional Conduct Committee to be constituted by the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board for further inquiry,” said Dr David Kiima, Chairman of the Committee.

    Madaga allegedly spent 18 hours in an ambulance before being admitted in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Kenyatta National Hospital as there were no available beds.

    Dr Kiima, criticised KNH stating that it ought to have taken appropriate measures to help the patient and refer the patient to other facilities to save his life.

    Coptic Hospital on the other hand demanded a cash payment of Sh200,000 before it could admit the patient. The probe team disclosed that the hospital did not bother to save the patient's life at all.

    Madaga's sad tale angered many including CORD leader Raila Odinga who decided to sue the four hospitals that turned down Madaga leading to his demise.

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    Nairobi Governor Dr Evans Kidero also condemned that incident and ordered the county's Health Department to investigate and compile a list of hospitals that don't take in patients who lack money to foot hospital bills. He further threatened not to renew the licenses of  hospitals that reject patients.

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