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Kajwang’ petitions Senate to probe death of nurse

By Noven Owiti
Thursday, August 6th, 2020
Homa Bay Senator Moses Kajwang’. Photo/PD/FILE
In summary

Homa Bay Senator Moses Kajwang’ has petitioned the Senate Health Committee to investigate circumstances that led to the death of a nurse in the county. 

Marian Awuor, who was stationed at Rachuonyo South sub-county Hospital in Oyugis Town is said to have succumbed to Covid-19.

Kajwang’  asked the committee to establish why the nurse was referred to Kisii Level Five Hospital after her health deteriorated.

She died on Sunday while undergoing treatment in Kisii.  She had been diagnosed with Covid-19 and even delivered while at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Equip hospitals 

Kajwang’ questioned why the nurse had to be transferred to Kisii when all county governments were asked to equip their hospitals with life support machines to help critically ill patients during the Corona pandemic.

In a letter to the committee, Kajwang’ wants the Senate to establish the state of ICU in Homa Bay, including the number of beds and qualified health workers assigned to man the facility.  

 The Senator is also seeking to find out how the county spent a share of Sh5 billion Covid-19 grants after health services in its public hospitals were paralysed.  

The county received Sh98 million from the national government as part of the funds meant to fight the contagious virus.

Health Executive Prof Richard Muga said part of the money was used to rehabilitate health facilities that were converted to Covid-19 isolation centres. 

Muga stated that the money was also utilised in equipping the centres.  However, Kajwang’ questioned why medics in the county have not been paid their June salaries.

“I wish to seek statement from the Senate Committee on health regarding the strike by medics in Homa Bay in the midst of Corona,” the letter.

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