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Nurses Forced To Use Torches At Tharaka Nithi Government Hospital In Kenya

Both Nurse,doctor and other Health workers at a hospital in Tharaka Nithi County have been going through a difficult time after power was disconnected at the facility.

The clinical officers at Kibung’a Sub-County Hospital have surprisingly been forced to attend to patients using tin lamps and torches due to unpaid electricity bills.

Kenya Power is said to have disconnected the electricity over a month ago after the hospital failed to settle a Sh95,000 bill.

Other services that rely on electricity at the facility have also been disrupted forcing residents to travel for kilometres to seek alternative medical services while others even travel to neighbouring counties.

The County Hospital Medical Superintendent, who is in charge of all facilities in the area, claimed the hospital manager had not communicated about the disconnection.

“The clinical officer manning the hospital claims to have sent me an email that he copied to other authorities but I did not get the information,” stated the Superintendent.

When reached for comment, County Health Executive Magdalene Njeru stated that she had not been informed of the scenario by the hospital administration.

She promised to look into the matter once she was well furnished with details of the situation.

“These people didn’t communicate to me. I am getting information right now but am trying to solve the matter,” Ms Njeru was quoted by a local daily.

The facility is also said to have experienced a near tragic incident some months ago where a ceiling board fell off and narrowly missed a new-born baby in one of the wards.

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