The county government has today clarified the saga surrounding a minor, whose gushing wound was left open by doctors, saying the medics acted professionally.
The matter was reported to KNU online on Easter Sunday by the guardians of the minor that doctors left them without advice on the gushing wound caused by a traffic road accident on April 17.
“We admitted the child at Loitokitok Sub County Hospital on the night of Wednesday last week but doctors refused to attend to her, and instead come to wash the gushing wound without uttering a word on the way forward,” claimed her guardian, Lidiah Patrick.
But on Monday, County Health CEC, Esther Somoire confirmed the guardian of the minor had insisted that the doctors should fix the fracture and close the wound against the professional requirement.
“Our doctors advised the guardian against the closure of the wound because there’s a risk of major infection since the wound was already contaminated at the accident site,” said Somoire.
She said the minor patient was taken to theatre and done a surgical toilet (cleaning and debridement) and the wound left open for continued regular cleaning.
Patrick had claimed the minor, who got injured along with other four people on April 17, had remained at the Loitokitok Sub County Hospital for four days with any special attention, and that on Sunday she transferred her to Kijabe Mission Hospital to seek advanced treatment.
“In fact, it is them who gave us a referral letter to come here and seek medical treatment after they failed to explain to us to us what exactly was happening,” Patrick said on Sunday evening while talking on the phone from Kijabe.
“Currently the hospital is well covered in terms of specialists and there should be no patients being referred to Tanzania. In fact, there are many patients coming for corrective operations after being mismanaged in Tanzania, especially those being fixed with wrong implants,” claimed the CEC.
On the claims that Loitokitok has no essential drugs, she said that currently, the hospital has adequate medicine expected to last for two quarters until September, this year.
“Over the last one week, Loitokitok hospital inpatient bed occupancy has stuck at 95 per cent, which is a demonstration that clients have confidence with our facility,” said Somoire in a statement.
I have always emphasized to my staff the need to put patients first, and being a critical service delivery department we strive to give our very best, the CEC concluded.