Address causes of infant deaths at KNH
SEE ALSO :Uhuru, Abe talksA 2018 report by the Ministry of Health; Saving Mothers’ Lives: Confidential Inquiry into Maternal Deaths in Kenya revealed that nine out of ten maternal deaths in Kenya occur in public health facilities, in particular, county referral hospitals. However, when a referral hospital of the stature of Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) loses 80 babies in a week, as a recent report by consultants at University of Nairobi’s School of Medicine shows, there is every reason to get alarmed. It is absurd that KNH should lack facilities for maternal care; a situation replicated across the country despite Government claims it is on course to achieve UHC. Lately, KNH has been sucked in leadership misadventures that detract it from offering competent services. Cases of rape, surgery mix-up, and now the alarming death of babies at KNH do little to inspire confidence. At the centre of this mess is the health ministry that has failed to give direction.
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