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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Patient dies, hundreds in danger as Msambweni nurses 'strike'

UNATTENDED: Patients at the Msambweni Referral Hos- pital, Kwale county, yesterday morning. Photo/ALLOYS MUSYOKA
UNATTENDED: Patients at the Msambweni Referral Hos- pital, Kwale county, yesterday morning. Photo/ALLOYS MUSYOKA

ONE patient died on Sunday at Msambweni Referral Hospital, Kwale, after nurses apparently went on strike, demanding commission for their services at a medical camp.

Bingwa Ruwa, 80, died on Sunday, three days after a successful surgery.

Ruwa was among 175 others successfully operated on by specialists during the camp organised by county woman representative Zainab Chidzuga.

It is alleged the nurses on Sunday refused to attend to patients until they were paid their commission for last week.

The hospital has denied the claims and said there is no strike.

More than 150 other patients who underwent surgery at the camp are still in the hospital.

Yesterday, several told the Star the nurses are ignoring them.

Gumi Msego said he was not being attended to, despite informing nurses that his surgery wound was bleeding.

Chidzuga blamed the labour problem on county officials opposed to the camp.

Office of Governor Salim Mvurya senior administrator Juma Gwidi denied nurses are on strike.


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