Naftali Mbaki, 60, is a depressed man after Mbagathi Hospital took more than two weeks to break the news of the demise of his wife. Mr Mbaki is only left with his wife’s black backpack and a pair of white and blue crocs, weeks after searching her whereabouts.
Speaking to Nation Africa, Mbaki said he took his wife to Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital for medication after her sugar levels failed to stabilize. He later received a call on July 13 at around 2 am that Jane Kari, 57, needed oxygen urgently and there was a deficiency at the hospice.
“Before we talked (with wife) that night, a nurse at Mama Lucy told me that they were going to transfer my wife to Mbagathi because they did not have enough oxygen there, and she was in dire need of oxygen,” he said as quoted by the media house.
He was supposed to visit the hospital at dawn but he was pressed at work and failed to go. He later made his way to Mbagathi the following day accompanied by a middle-aged woman.
At Mbagathi Hospital they were told by the receptionist that they couldn't see their patient because she had contracted Covid-19 and was in an isolation ward. Mbaki asked for the documents she possessed like an NHIF card but was told it was impossible to get anything from the isolated wards.
Seven days later he went back as instructed by the receptionist and that's when the mystery of the death of his wife began. The same receptionist told him they had not received any person with that name and even the same was told to him at the mortuary.
With the help of Embakasi Central MP Gathiru Mwangi, it was later discovered that Jane Kari died at Mbagathi Hospital two weeks later.
The two hospitals together with the Kenya Red Cross ambulance, that transferred her, are yet to comment on the ordeal.
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