Hundreds of Kenyan doctors are protesting the suspension a colleague who is being accused of performing brain surgery on a wrong patient.
A neurosurgeon and medicalÂ teamÂ at Kenyatta National Hospital inÂ NairobiÂ reportedly opened the wrong patient`s skull last month to remove a blood clot after two patientâ€™s tags were mixed up.
As a result, hospital officials suspended the neurosurgeon as well asÂ two nurses and an anesthetist, a decision that has ignited uproar from fellowÂ doctors who say their colleagues should not be punished for the hospital’s failures.
On Monday, hundreds of doctorsÂ refused to work until the hospital addresses underlying procedural problems, such as issues with the hospital’s booking system, as well as issues with staff shortages andÂ inadequate equipment and operating space.
Chief executive of the Kenyan Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union, Ouma Oluga backed the suspended health workers saying the workers are usually overwhelmed with the number of patients they are supposed to attend to.
â€śThese are quality system issues that should not be leveled at staff. You find one doctor could be doing 10 to 19 operations [per day],â€ť he recently told local reporters.
The incident comesÂ weeksÂ after the country’s health minister called forÂ an investigation into social media claims that new mothers had been sexually assaulted by male staff members in the newborn unit at the hospital.
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