Pumwani Maternity hospital Nairobi is yet on spot after Governor Mike Sonko paid them an impromptu visit on Monday morning and discovered 12 dead infant bodies in plastic bags in one of the hospital rooms.
Apparently Governor Sonko conducted the unannounced visit after public outcry that the management of Pumwani maternity hospital shut down machines at the maternity wing leading to loss of lives of the infants.
The angry governor declared, “Stern action will be taken against anyone found to be sabotaging the good services offered to our mothers and sisters who come to deliver in this facility.”
One of the staff at the hospital did lie to the governor that only one infant had died at the hospital in the in the last 24 hours. However, upon scrutiny of different rooms of the hospital, the governor and his team discovered 12 dead bodies of infants rubbed in bags; one containing 6 bodies, another five and the third with one body.
Governor noted that this will not go unpunished as they will be subjected to the full force of the law. “All those responsible for this negligence will face full force of the law. I’m not going to allow this to happen to our mothers, they must take responsibility for the deaths,” He noted.
In light to this discovery, Governor Sonko suspended three top officials; Pumwani Hospital Superintendent Catherine Mutinda, Administration Officer Zadock Angahya and obstetrician gynecologist Dr James Kamau.
The hospital administration however stated that the hospital does not have a mortuary to keep the bodies and hence they usually keep dead bodies in that room awaiting to be taken to city mortuary. They said that bodies accumulated because the ones supposed to be taken to city mortuary on Friday were not taken.