May 28, 2022
Entrance to Mbita Sub-County Hospital
  • A Homa Bay family is seeking justice after their kin died from an alleged negligence on the part of Mbita Sub County Hospital.

    The family of 22-year-old Letizia Achieng says that they were asked to fuel an ambulance so that the pregnant woman could be taken to a nearby hospital.

    Achieng’s family accuses Mbita Sub County Hospital of failing to transfer her to the Homa Bay County Referral Hospital even after medics at the facility told the family that they did not have the requisite medical supplies to attend to her.

    Entrance to Mbita Sub-County Hospital

    According to the family, there was no ambulance to ferry Achieng to the referral hospital which is 40km away. The family further argues that the staff at the facility refused to let her go even after her brother requested a friend to come and ferry her to a different medical centre.

    Bernard Ogango told The Standard that the ambulance was delayed and the family opted to hire a private vehicle to ferry Achieng to the referral hospital.

    When the ambulance arrived, the driver informed them that it had no fuel, further demanding that the family pays Ksh5,000 for the same.

    “Our hope was renewed when we saw the ambulance arriving at the hospital. But the driver insisted he would not leave until we paid the Ksh5,000,†Ogango stated.

    “We argued with the ambulance driver for 30 minutes over the fuel issue. I believe Linda Mama’s insurance covers the cost of an ambulance. I eventually decided to use my friend’s vehicle because the patient’s condition was worsening.”

    After a protracted battle with the hospital, the staff let Acheing be transported in the private vehicle. She, however, passed on 45 minutes after arriving at the Homa Bay County Referral Hospital.

    Achieng’s family want the hospital held accountable with Ogango noting that the medication that was needed to treat her cost Ksh240.

    “If the medics knew that the ambulance could not carry the patient, why didn’t they give us an alternative? I later realised the medicine they said they did not have that necessitated the transfer costs Ksh240 only,” he remarked.

    Homa Bay County Referral Hospital boss, Dr Peter Ogola, stated that the patient had very high blood pressure.

    “The patient was brought to our hospital when she was already overwhelmed. Her foetus was already dead,†Dr Ogola explained.

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