Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Council, a statutory body that regulates the training, practice and licensing of medicine and dentistry health care institutions got touched by Ms Mercy Wangare's story which was aired on Citizen TV on the 24th of May. Ms Mercy narrates that she had visited St. Teresa's hospital in April for a routine checkup as an outpatient. She was given an injection which instead of treating her infection activated bleeding. Mercy was then transferred to Bellevue Hospital, South C after discovering that the facility she was in did not have incubators.
Ms Mercy was however not consulted before being taken to Bellevue. Her baby passed on at the hospital. The medical facility informed her of the accrued fees and denied Mercy the body of her child. This prompted her to report to the police. Mercy managed to get the body of the deceased after the police made a call to the facility.
Mercy says that the care of her child attracted a fee of Ksh 8000 per day making the total bill Ksh 650,000. She disclosed that the hospital had taken her log book as a collateral for the unpaid bill.
Citizen TV journalists, followed her secretly to Bellevue hospital as she visited to plead with the hospital to give her the remains of her child. Mercy expressed disbelief when she said that she could not understand why they were holding on to her car and yet they did not want to hand over the deceased's body. She added that she was in pain and what they were subjecting her to was unfair.
KMPDC CEO, Daniel Yumbya stated that once a formal complaint is made he would get to the root cause of the matter and a preliminary report would be issued in not more than 30 days.
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