Health CS orders fresh hospitals inspection, some to be deregistered
SEE ALSO :State allays fear over Ebola scare“The re-inspection is meant to de-register facilities with substandard services or maintain the good ones in their currents status,” said Kariuki.
Universal healthThe CS said such cases cannot be tolerated when the country is working towards achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC). “We will deny those who cannot afford to run the medical facilities permits. We cannot afford to be careless and end up causing deaths of patients,” she said. Shalom Hospital was shut on Monday after the baby died moments after being given a morphine injection. This was the second case at the hospital barely a month after a pregnant woman allegedly was denied entry and later delivered at the reception. The injection is said to have been given to the baby by a pharmaceutical technologist not fully qualified to give such considering also that morphine is a controlled drug. Initially, the baby had been prescribed oral medication which was not available and was instead injected with the drug. The medical board said the baby was injected with an overdose of morphine, 20 times more than the required amount. Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya has already denounced the technologist and further accused Shalom of not doing due diligence before employing the individual. “Shalom Hospital has not employed a pharmacist, but rather a pharmaceutical technologist,” said PSK President Louis Machogu. Machogu said what is more disturbing is that the technologist was employed on basis of being licensed by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB). A pharmaceutical technologist, usually a diploma holder, is supposed to work under a pharmacist.
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