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Nyong’o orders probe on baby Shisia’s injuries

By | May 26th 2009

By Susan Anyangu

The Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board will investigate how a baby was injured during delivery.

And Medical Services Minister Anyang’ Nyong’o wants Nairobi’s Pumwani Maternity Hospital to explain what caused the injuries on baby Gladys Shisia’s head and nose.

This follows an exclusive KTN report in which Ms Rita Akoth alleges her baby suffered extensive injuries during delivery at the hospital.

"I have written to Pumwani Hospital asking for a certified copy of the patient’s file, comprehensive medical report, list of personnel who managed the patient and their personal statements to that regard," said board CEO Daniel Yumbya.

But Pumwani Hospital Medical Superintendent Charles Wanyonyi denied allegations that Baby Shisia was injured during surgery.

"When Akoth came to the hospital, she was already in labour. On initial check-up, the heartbeat of the foetus was weak. On delivery, the baby had slight bruises on the head," he said.

He said the baby was then put on antibiotics to heal the bruises, which were healing when the child was discharged on April 18.

However, doctors at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH), where the baby is undergoing treatment, maintain a sharp object caused the injuries.

KNH’s Peter Masinde said: "The baby was admitted here on May 20 with three cuts on the head and nose. The baby now has difficulty while breathing. It is evident the cuts were caused by a sharp object".

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