28 children paralysed due to medical negligence camp at Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong's office
By Alex Wechuli and John Mondoh | January 18th 2016
28 children from Akichelesit Teso North Sub County who were paralysed due medical negligence at Akichelesit Dispensary have pitched camp at the Busia County headquarters protesting the increased paralysis impact.
Accompanied by their parents, the young ones who travelled for a long journey on motorbikes arrived yelling in pain as their limbs have started developing wounds around the fingers and toes.
According to parents of the affected children led by their chairperson Mathew Edejai children's conditions started getting worse a week after the children left Nairobi for treatment.
In a statement Edejai blamed the county government of Busia for negligence prior to the agreement they undertook to continue giving medication to the children.
He said since the children left Nairobi for specialized treatment they have received no tangible medication, a situation he attributes to the current condition.
"We left Nairobi in a better condition now you can see we are in a more compromising situation. Children are now developing wounds on their feet we are afraid it may lead to complicated health situations,” said Edejai
He added, "We visited county government on 11th of this month and they promised to intervene, to date nothing has been done that's why we have decided to come and camp here."
Mothers have also complained of the difficult task of nursing the children since most of them complain of severe headache, neck and back pains creating vulnerability that has affected their daily routine to provide for their families.
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Teso North MP Arthur Odera has challenged the Busia county government to handle the matter with a lot of care and professionalism.
Speaking to the press in Busia, Odera accused the county health officers for incompetence and negligence noting that the Akichelesit incident is just but one of such cases.
"We have many cases in our health facilities in the county of incompetence only that the media highlighted Akichelesit,” said Odera.
The legislator said a team of lawyers has been sellected to sue the county government over the matter appealing to Ministry of health from the national government to intervene.
The county government through its health chief officer Asoka Itur said the health department had dispatched a team of two physiotherapists to take care of the children.
Speaking to The Standard on phone, Itur said the county government has the potential to handle the matter professionally.
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