A video of a woman in labour on the road right outside Pumwani Maternity Hospital has elicited anger among netizens, who expressed their displeasure with the government and hospital management under the hashtag #RespectOurMothers. In the undated video, the woman who’s visibly in labour is seen sitting on the tarmac outside the hospital as well-wishers scramble to cover her with lesos. Irate residents are heard insulting the hospital for allegedly turning away the woman, despite her condition. Netizens vented their anger through the hashtag which is the same one used to protest against Emurua Dikirr MP Johanna Ngeno’s utterances on President Uhuru Kenyatta and his mother.
Netizens called out politicians who held demonstrations defending mothers for failing to speak out in light of the footage. Others bashed senators for the delay in passing the counties revenue formula which led to a shutdown of some essential county services. Here are some reactions:
Ng'ombe mbili zikipigana, nyasi huumia.While senate & Governors are busy fighting, women who expect services from hospitals like Pumwani are being turned away, this is not acceptable Not in 2020 Imagine when citizens have to fight to get services at a Government hospital. #Kenya pic.twitter.com/AzmByCVk8n— Syombua A. Kibue ???????? (@Syombuak) September 18, 2020
Where is @SABINACHEGE who was advocating for Mama Ngina to be respected??? Shame on her!!! Every mother is equal... #RespectOurMothers https://t.co/OJQPbAqwVt — Joseph Omondi (@omondii_) September 19, 2020
Where are those MPs who shouted the most,demonstrated, held Pressers saying #RespectOurMothers?#AllMothersAreEqual https://t.co/63B7HEORwd — CarImportingMerchant\C & F Agent (@WebianAgency) September 19, 2020
— Big bro???? (@JumaWanson) September 19, 2020
I am here expecting all the politicians and especially the female politicians that came out demanding #RespectOurMothers, to come out to fight for her and all mothers being denied hospital service as we speak.. we expect you to hit the streets in demonstration and demand better. — Syombua A. Kibue ???????? (@Syombuak) September 18, 2020
Can we all agree that Health Workers welfare is very critical in this country. Unpaid health workers cannot serve diligently. Pay the health workers they have family too. And they are mothers to most of us. #RespectOurMothers #RespectHealthWorkers pic.twitter.com/BkQps5W16o — AbbieZuena (@abbiezuena) September 19, 2020