A family from Loitokitok is disturbed after a city hospital detained the body of their father over a bloated bill of more than Sh2 million.
Andrew Micheka, 67, a former casual worker at Loitokitok District Hospital was taken ill on June 30 and taken to Loitokitok sub-county hospital which said had no isolation facilities for Covid-19 patients.
At the Loitokitok hospital, Micheka was found to have been infected with Covid-19, and hospital authorities allegedly referred him to Kajiado county referral hospital because they have no isolation facility.
Micheka’s daughter Lucy Andrew told KNU on Thursday she took her father to Kajiado county referral hospital after the patient was turned off from Loitokitok sub-county hospital but were turned back as doctors said the facility was full.
This is the time all the casual workers had downed their tools and all the departments at the hospital including the ICU had been locked. The casual workers had not been paid for five months.
It is also during around that time when an ad hoc committee of the county assembly led by MCA Moses Saoyo visited the hospital and claimed the ICU had been closed and the facility dirty.
Kajiado Central MP, Kanchory Memusi, who visited the hospital confirmed the hospital was dirty and its ICU was under lock and Key.
When the Loitokitok Covid-19 patient was taken to Kajiado county referral hospital, doctors referred to St Paul’s Hospital, a private facility, in Kitengela town where he was taken care of for three days before being referred to Kenyatta University Hospital in Nairobi.
Andrew said KU hospital demanded a deposit of Sh 200,000, the amount which the family did not have.
“We later went to Bellevue Hospital in Nairobi where they accepted Sh100,000 as a deposit but would take Sh50,000 first. We paid the balance later as agreed,” said Andrew.
At the Bellevue hospital, the patient underwent treatment from July 3, to July 22 when he passed on.
Andrew said at the time of death, her father bill had hit Sh 2,498,780.00 and the family with friends raised and paid Sh 315,000.00.
She said the hospital now wants the family to pay 70 per cent of the bill balance and leave a car logbook or land title deed for 30 days with them.
“We do not have any land title or car logbook. We are just appealing to the Ministry of Health to come to our aid. We need to bury our father and later pay the amount,” said Andrew.