The embattled Nyeri governor Mutahi Kahiga(Pictured above) has once again come under fire from patients as well as general public in the devolved unit over deplorable conditions, drug shortage and broken down equipment at the Nyeri Referral Hospital.
Concerned and vexed Nyeri county residents blame the crisis rocking the largest hospital in the county with bed capacity of 400 patients on lethargy and graft at the department of health under CEC Ngima Kamau in particular and the entire county administration of governor Kahiga in general.
A patient Catherine Wanjiru who is suffering from stomach complications says that she has been visiting the hospital over the months seeking treatment only to be served with painkillers. She has been booked for an appointment to see a specialist doctor on July 3 2020 at the ailing hospital. “Unless a major miracle happens I wonder how I will survive that far,” remarked frail looking Wanjiru.
A huge number of patients seeking specialised medical treatment that cannot afford treatment at private and missionary hospitals in the county and are on a long waiting list since the health institution has no specialist medics in that they have already migrated to seek greener pastures either in private hospitals or in private practice.
Another patient Mwangi Kirimania who has been admitted at the hospital to undergo hip surgery is sharing bed with a fellow patient suffering from neck fracture. That notwithstanding, the orthopedic ward which has a bed capacity of 24 patients currently has 34 patients. Similarly, maternity ward is overcrowded with mothers. The ward has a bed capacity of 78 mothers but 126 mothers are currently congesting the ward. Bloodstained beddings are common feature in the ward as well as offensive bad smell.
“It is a pity that the ailing hospital is serving as a death chamber instead of serving as a place of seeking medical treatment by patients,” regretted retired medic Patrick Kaniu. He noted that it has been established that patients seeking treatment get communicable hospital acquired ailments due to deplorable conditions rocking the health institution.
In most cases patients are asked to go and buy drugs from private chemists. “We know for sure that a cartel is existing between some unscrupulous senior medics at the hospital, a group of officials from county government’s health department and private chemists dealing in drug smuggling from the hospital and in return expired drugs are sneaked to drug stores at the hospital,” revealed a medic who sought anonymity for fear of getting reprimanded.
It has also been established that patients are under fed and even sometimes go without food and when it comes, it is of poor nutrition and in low small rations. But when the governor was asked about that, he arrogantly replied that patients go to the hospital to seek medical treatment not to feast.
The morgue is also a den of rotten eggs as preservation of dead bodies is poorly done if it has to happen and it is always congested with decomposing claimed and unclaimed bodies. The untold quagmires rocking a time top medical institution in Mount Kenya region clearly undermines Universal Health Care Programme that was commissioned by the national government last year. The pilot project covered four devolved units which include, Kisumu Machakos, Isiolo and Nyeri.
In another development the besieged Nyeri county gubernatorial boss Mutahi Kahiga was chased away by angry residents of Kirichu market in Nyeri town sub county when he made a brief stop over to address area residents on his way to Nyeri town from a burial ceremony in a neighbourhood place. After his convoy of officials vehicles stopped for him to address the crowd, he got a rude shock when marauding crowd of people shouting on top of their voices demanded to know why he has broken a promise to mobilise his fellow leaders to complete a single storied farm house owned by the family of the departed third governor of Nyeri county Wahome Gakuru. The incomplete farm house is located as stone throw distance from Kirichu market. “Were it not for Gakuru picking you as his runningmate in the last election cycle you would not be holding the coveted position you are in today,” shouted woman market trader Mary Mumbi. Sensing the danger, visibly shaken governor and his entourage speed off in a lightning speed. Gakuru lost his life on November 7 2017 at Makenji area along Nyeri/Nairobi highway in fatal road carnage. He served the office of the governor for 77 days only.