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Kangemi woman detained by hospital over Sh1.4 million bill released

Kagika was discharged in July 2020 but could not leave the hospital.

In Summary

•Kagika had been detained at the Eagle Nursing Home in Kangemi after her family was unable to pay her hospital bill, which had accrued to over Sh1.4 million.

•This comes after the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Council CEO Daniel Yumbia on Monday handed her release letter to the husband, Godwin Mahinda.

Godwin Mahinda holds a release letter presented to him by Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Council CEO Daniel Yumbia on September 27, 2021. His wife Florence Kagika has been detained at Eagle Nursing Home in Kangemi for over 1 year and 7 months.
Godwin Mahinda holds a release letter presented to him by Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Council CEO Daniel Yumbia on September 27, 2021. His wife Florence Kagika has been detained at Eagle Nursing Home in Kangemi for over 1 year and 7 months.
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The family of Florence Kagika can now breathe a sigh of relief as she will get to leave the hospital where she had been detained for about one year and seven months.

This comes after the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Council CEO Daniel Yumbia on Monday handed her release letter to the husband, Godwin Mahinda.

Kagika had been detained at the Eagle Nursing Home in Kangemi after her family was unable to pay her hospital bill, which had accumulated to over Sh1.4 million.

The release comes hours after her plight was highlighted by Citizen TV.

The mother of two was taken to the hospital after the motorbike she was traveling on with her children got involved in an accident in Kangemi in March 2020.

They were on their way home from a relatives funeral in Uthiru.

Kagika’s children were treated and discharged but she remained in hospital due to her leg injury which required her to undergo surgery.

In July the same year, she was discharged but could not leave the hospital because the family was unable to settle the bill.

According to Mahinda, the family requested to have his wife transferred to Kenyatta National hospital but the hospital demanded they pay Sh56,000 which is what they had accumulated at the time but they did not have money.

"After a week relatives from the side of the mother came back and negotiated with me and asked me to go ahead with the operation as they go solicit the money," Eagle Nursing Home Director Aaron Sikuku told Citizen TV.

He accused Kagika's husband of not being cooperative.