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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Hero state pathologist named CEO of upgraded Embu hospital

Former government chief pathologist Moses Njue has been appointed Embu Teaching and Referral Hospital first CEO.

Njue is remembered for uncovering the truth about six prisoners who had been clobbered to death by prison wardens at King’ong’o Prison in Nyeri on September 4, 2000.

This was despite attempts of cover-ups.

He has taken up the job at the greatly improved health facility.

On Wednesday, he spoke to the press when they visited him to find out the situation after the 100-day doctors’ strike ended.

He said the hospital will conduct its first kidney transplant in June after the renal department acquired state-of-the-art machines.

Njue said the hospital is being transformed into a top transplant hospital. He added that the doctors’ strike had slowed the progress of realising the goal on transplants.

The CEO said the hospital was turned into a referral hospital because it is adjacent to the Kenya Medical Training College and also near University of Embu.

Njue said the hospital has completed the construction of four theaters, with an ICU that’s up and running.

Other transplant facilities to be rolled out include those for bone marrow and heart ailments.

Njue said the services will ensure patients do not have to travel abroad for kidney and other transplants.

The pathologist came into the limelight in 2000 when six inmates were reported to have died during an attempt to break out of King’ong’o prison.

Reports indicated they fell from the 24-foot wall and died.

However, Njue’s autopsy revealed the six had been clobbered by the wardens to death and the story about breaking out was a cover-up.

The wardens were later charged.

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