Two families are currently reeling in pain after hospitals held the bodies of their kind who reportedly succumbed to Covid-19.
[Peter and his wife]
Reportedly Peter was first diagonised with pneumonia at the Naivasha district hospital but after receiving treatment no changes occurred. He decided to go back to the hospital only to find out that he had Covid-19.
Since there wasn't an ICU bed at the hospital he was referred to Siloam where after spending two weeks he died. The family has raised to 400,000 shillings after doing two "Harambee".
Currently, he has spent one month and two weeks in the hospital while the morgue charges are 900 shillings a day.
In Kiambu county, another family is still in the same state after their kin, George Gathungu, 79-year-old succumbed to Covid-19.
According to the sources George was diagonised with Covid-19 at Brigid's hospital but later referred to Bellevue South hospital for better treatment. Unfortunately after 3 weeks of his admission, George succumbed to the disease leaving behind a bill of 2 million in each hospital. The family is currently at risk of losing their land since they placed it as a surety.
Sadly Bellevue South hospital has given them a notice of only two months to pay its debts. They have been able to raise only 500,000 shillings which can not outset the hospital bills. The mortuary bill currently stands at 45,000 shillings.
Reportedly the minister of health Mutahi Kagwe warned against holding the bodies of Covid-19 patients but the directives are yet to be implemented by some hospitals.￼The hospital's management has complained about the cost of equipment, medical personnel, and services being high a reason why they are insisting on the families of the deceased to pay their debts.
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