Uproar as woman dies in maternity ward

By Edwin Nyarangi | Wednesday, Aug 14th 2019 at 10:49
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The residents of Masongo area in Kisii County are demanding for justice after a woman died while giving birth at the Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital on Sunday night.

The over 200 residents demonstrated along the Masongo- Menyinkwa Road yesterday protesting the manner in which Veronica Mochere,29, who was a teacher at Saint Francis School Menyinkwa died terming it as a case of medical negligence.

Adriano Onchari who is the father to the deceased told Journalists that it was very painful to the family that her daughter who was well during the entire pregnancy period could bleed for four hours without being attended to by the medical staff.

“My daughter should not have bled to death in a medical facility that serves as a referral center for the South Nyanza region and has a blood bank that serves the entire region, she had attended all the prenatal clinics as required,” said Onchari.

Isabella Nyakundi wondered why the late Veronica was not attended to immediately despite the hospital having many qualified doctors terming the manner in which she was handled as worse compared to if she could have chosen to give birth at home.

Nyakundi alleged that the medical personnel on duty were away at the time and that Veronica bled profusely for long before she eventually passed away living behind her newborn baby and a three-year-old son who are now orphans.

The hospital’s administration said investigations were going on to establish what may have happened.

A senior doctor at the facility, Dr George Bogonko who spoke on behalf of the management, said that the nursing officer on duty when the incident occurred has been asked to give a report on what transpired before the management can explain to the public what happened.

“Presently I cannot tell you what transpired because a team of Obstetricians and Pediatricians have to meet to review the case after receiving a report from the nursing officer on duty when the incident happened,” said Dr Bogonko.

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