In the past few days, we have had good, bad and depressing news on maternal and child healthcare. The good news is that Denmark has donated Sh7 billion to boost maternal and childcare programmes. The bad news is that incubators at Kenyatta National Hospital are out of order, putting lives of babies at risk. The depressing news is that Mrs Boke Kone was turned away from a health centre where she had been rushed to give birth.
Let’s dwell on the bad and depressing news. Why hasn’t KNH replaced the incubators? Doesn’t it charge for its services? Despite these questions, PointBlank was impressed by KNH doctors’ openness on the crisis.
But this is not the case for medics at Garsen health centre who have either forgotten their Hippocratic oath or mistaken it for ‘hypocrisy’ oath. They care little about patients, that’s why they threw out Kone who ended up giving birth at the clinic’s gate. Since when did it become the responsibility of patients to provide medical workers with ‘gloves, cotton and maternity items’? Prof Nyong’o, what do you say about this sickening state of affairs?