Elderly woman dies as nurses celebrate colleague’s birthday inside Kenyan hospital

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In a disturbing news from Kenya, nurse’s birthday inside Nanyuki Teaching and Referral Hospital laboratory cost life on Monday.

Halima Hassan aged 58 died while awaiting tests after she was rushed to the facility by her family from their Majengo home in Nanyuki Town.

According to her son Ramadhan Hassan Omar, Halima was treated at the facility’s Emergency Unit and prescribed several lab tests but they were never attended to promptly as they were told to wait at the bay.

“On several occasions, I approached a male nurse for help who felt I was nagging and rudely told me off,” Omar told K24 Digital.

On the queue, several other patients were waiting to be attended to as Halima’s condition worsened to death.

It was shocking to discover that, all this time, the laboratory attendants on duty and other nurses in the facility were locked in one of the rooms celebrating a colleague’s birthday party.

Laikipia County Health CEC Rose Maitai confirmed knowledge of the incident and assured disciplinary actions, according to K24Digital.

“Unfortunately, it’s true. Disciplinary action has been taken including interdiction of some,” she said.

Laikipia Governor Ndiritu Muriithi has also said that investigation into the matter has begun and that he will issue a statement once the investigation is complete.

 

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