Family seeks help for baby burnt in hospital
SEE ALSO :IEBC lays ground for boundary reviewShe says the infant was healthy when she gave birth, and wonders why it was placed near the heater. What puzzles her is that her shuka was not used to wrap the infant after a nurse whisked it away, only to put it close to a heater for over 30 minutes. “Following what happened, I could not be discharged but was referred to Vihiga County Referral Hospital in Mbale at about 4pm the same day. There I stayed for two days and the child was given medication,” she says. On June 17, she was referred to Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) in Eldoret, where she stayed for two months. The baby had two surgeries. According to the doctor’s report at MTRH, the child sustained second degree burns that affected some of her internal organs.
SEE ALSO :Toxic food death toll rises to threeZeno Anido, the in-charge at Vihiga Health Centre, and Vihiga County Referral Hospital Medical Superintendent Vitalis Juma declined to discuss the matter when contacted by The Standard. They asked us to seek clearance from County Director of Medical Services, who by the time of going to press had not returned to his office. A medical officer at the health centre, who did not wish to be named, however, said that was an accident like any other and that the facility did its best and referred mother and child for further assessment. “The mother did not come with the required clothes in which the child could be wrapped. A cloth the child was wrapped in is the one that caught fire and the child sustained some burns on the leg,” the medic said.
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