Six die in Mombasa as nurses strike continue to bite

Six die in Mombasa as nurses strike continue to bite

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BY NAMULONGO PETER,6TH JUNE,2017-Six patients have  so far died at Coast General Hospital as the nurses’ strike entered its second day on Tuesday.

Acording to Mombasa Health Chief Officer  Khadija Shikely the deaths happened between Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning.

A senior nurse, who sought anonymity, said three patients died while receiving treatment at the facility while the three others died upon arrival.

“One of the patients was from Tana Delta in Tana River and two from private clinics who had all been referred here,” the nurse said.

Confirming the reports, Dr Shikely said the three patients who died in the wards were critically ill.

 

“The others succumbed to the injuries when they were being attended to. We cannot say they have died as a result of the strike.

“Currently we have 70 nurses who are working on contract. We have distributed them to our health centres to help us control the situation,” said Dr Shikely.

This comes as Coast Provincial General Hospital was Tuesday morning deserted while patients seeking health services were turned away.

At the maternity wing, expectant women were being forced to leave.

“They have been given one hour to vacate the facility. Everything has been put on hold. Nurses are the ones who take care of these mothers here but now that they are not in, no one is there to look after them,” said an intern doctor.

 

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