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February 26, 2018

Raila lawyers to take legal action in death of man who waited 18 hours at KNH

A file photo of Cord leader Raila Odinga.
A file photo of Cord leader Raila Odinga.

A team of lawyers is set to begin legal proceedings into the death of a man who waited 18 hours in an ambulance to access the ICU at KNH over lack of a bed.

Cord leader Raila Odinga has asked the team to contact the man's family and take action against hospitals, individuals and institutions whose "actions or inaction led to his death".

"In his case, the Constitution was clearly defiled and ignored, as if it counts for nothing," he said in a statement to newsrooms on Monday.

"It is for cases like that of Alex Madaga that the words 'a person shall not be denied emergency medical treatment' were written."

Raila said lawyers Anthony Oluoch and Edwin Sifuna will lead the team.

The Opposition leader said the country has a duty to make all public officers, institutions and individuals understand "the words of our Constitution were not written in vain".

Sending his condolences to the family, he said Madaga's death could have been prevented had he received quality medical care in good time.

Madaga, 37, died on October 9 at Kenyatta National Hospital after a speeding car knocked him down on Waiyaki way.

The victim, who was bleeding in the brain, was referred to KNH for specialised treatment after he was taken to Kikuyu Mission Hospital.

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