Strike forces closure of vital sections in hospital
The on-going nurses’ strike has put maternal health care of patients at Ngong Sub-County Hospital at a high risk, following the closure of the in-patient section at the facility.
According to Dr. Caroline Muindi, six to ten babies were delivered at the facility per week translating to about 120 deliveries in a month, but currently, the section could not admit any in-patient, due to lack of nursing staff.
“ We are now worried, because most Mothers have turned to the traditional ways of delivering babies, which is exposing the mothers and their unborn babies to risks such as contracting diseases or even loosing lives in the process,” she pointed out.
Speaking to KNA at Ngong Sub-county Hospital today, Dr. Muindi added that the management had no other option, but to close the wing, due to lack of nurses, who carry out, about 60 per cent of the hospital’s operations.
Dr. Muindi expressed fear that some babies are likely to miss out on preventive injections, including Polio and TB, which may affect them later in life.
She, therefore, stressed on the need for the county authorities to urgently resolve the impasse to enable nurses resume work before the situation worsens.
Meanwhile, there are no cases of cholera reported in the area, but the hospital management jointly with the Public Health Unit had been sensitizing the public on the importance of hygiene.
Dr. Muindi advised the public to seek immediate medical assistance if they detect any symptoms related to cholera.
By Judy Kagina and Carol Mutua