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January 19, 2019

KNH to pay Sh600,000 bill for nurse beaten by bereaved mum

Health CS Sicily Kariuki and KNH CEO Thomas Mutie during the launch of strategic plan for Kenyatta National Hospital at the facility July 26 2018 / Kennedy Njeru
Health CS Sicily Kariuki and KNH CEO Thomas Mutie during the launch of strategic plan for Kenyatta National Hospital at the facility July 26 2018 / Kennedy Njeru
Kenyatta National Hospital will pay the Sh598,000 medical bill for a nurse who was assaulted by a deceased patient’s mother last month.
KNH acting chief executive Thomas Mutie on Thursday said they will also cover the costs of a post-discharge clinic for Mildred Akinyi.
Akinyi was beaten and strangled by a woman whose son died at the hospital on October 13.
“Akinyi has been paid all her dues. The management has further provided and facilitated for the prosecution of her assailants and investigations are being carried out by the DCI,” Mutie told a press conference.
Akinyi was assaulted by Pamela Akinyi. The 40-year-old single mother of two said the nurse was rude to her. She said her reaction was out of pain and anger.
Pamela had rushed to the hospital upon receiving news that her son Elisha Juma, 17, had died.
Last month, Pamela told the Star that Akinyi rudely told her that they had dealt with Gideon Ogola and hence, could not attend to her.
Ogola is Juma’s elder brother who was looking after him in hospital in the absence of their mother. She said that on asking the nurse to explain why she couldn’t be briefed as the mother of the deceased, the latter walked away.
“My late son earlier told me the nurses were harassing him. He even wanted to be transferred to another hospital but the doctors refused.”
Pamela dismissed claims she strangled the nurse. She also denied allegations that she used a blunt object to hit the nurse.“How could that be possible? Those are fabrications,” she said.
Pamela was freed on Sh5,000 police bail after she reported to Kilimani police station as directed by the investigating agencies.
On Thursday, Mutie said KNH has engaged the National Police Service and increased guards to secure high-risk areas, especially accident and emergency, entrances and all floors.
The hospital has since initiated a rapid response system called mulika uhalifu to enhance real-time response.“We will also strengthen communication to bereaved families and clients as well as briefings for the healthcare workers,” Mutie said.
The CEO said the management resolved that no staff will be reprimanded for participating in the picketing on October 29 and 30.
The nurses want the management to allow them join the Kenya National Union of Nurses. Monday’s picketing ended with the arrest of the union’s secretary general Seth Panyako and two other officials.
Panyako, Evans Wanyoike and Evans Mwaluko were released on Tuesday on Sh50,000 personal bond each.  They were arrested for inciting Kenyatta National Hospital to strike. He denied the charge of breaching the peace and causing disturbance at the referral facility. The three appeared before Milimani chief magistrate Francis Andayi. They also denied taking part in an unlawful assembly.
“The management has no intention to stop nurses from joining the union of their choice or refusing to recognise any union including the Kenya National Union of Nurses,” Mutie said on Thursday. But those wishing to do so must follow the law, he said.
“One requirement is that an employee can only facilitate deductions for one union. That means those who want to join another union ought to resign from their current union,” Mutie said.
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