On Monday, October 11, the Senate Committee sought to know the name of the physician who initially cared for the deceased infant Travis at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH).
Senator Jackson Mandago, the chair of the committee, directed KNH to disclose the information about the physician who is suspected of asking for a deposit from a patient who was brought in as an emergency with a fork jembe trapped in his skull.
Judy Muthoni, the mother of the deceased, alleged that the doctor demanded at least Ksh20,000 before treating her son.
The fact that a patient entered a referral hospital and waited for 14 hours is incomprehensible. The hospital should have performed better, as was our expectation.
The parents might not be able to recall the names of the doctors, but we will still follow the leadership of the KNH, so they cannot claim not to know them, Mandago said.
The doctor was insistent that Muthoni pay the fee when she arrived at the hospital, and only agreed to put her son on a drip after he pleaded for water, according to Muthoni's testimony to the senators.
"The first doctor shouted at me and asked me to pay Ksh20,500. At the time, the baby kept on asking for water because he was thirsty," she narrated amid tears.
Notably, Kiambu Senator Karungo Thang'wa stated that the medical team at Thika Level V hospital had questions to answer.
Thang'wa proposed a study to see whether the handle of the jembe was attached to it and whether removing it at the facility may have exacerbated the situation.
Sen. Raphael Mwinzago, a nominee, echoed his thoughts and questioned the necessity of referring to KNH considering the institution's classification in Thika.
Any level-five hospital, according to Mwinzago, need to have the tools and the staff who are qualified to carry out the necessary surgery.
Although it was too soon to assign blame, Mandago informed the family that he would investigate the incident further.
Judy Muthoni (far left) appears before the Senate Committee on Health on Monday, October 31, 2022.
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