Nyeri – A woman who lost her baby during delivery at Nyeri Level 5 Hospital in 2014 gave birth while standing as nurses failed to attend to her, it is reported.
Charity Wanjiku’s baby fell on the floor headlong as nurses at the facility ignored her pleas for help, leading to the death of the newborn boy.
She had said that nurses were sleeping when the incident occurred.
However, doctors at the facility blamed the incident on shortage of nurses.
Daily Nation reports that the current patient to nurse ratio in the country is 1: 1 250.
According to The Star, the recommended ratio of nurse to patient is 1:6 for admitted patients and 1:35 for out-patients.
This acute shortage of staff has seen available nurses work for long hours, something that has compromised care-giving especially in public hospitals.
As a result, patients especially pregnant women bear the brunt of neglect, with some reporting harassment and abuse by the care givers.
Besides shortage of staff, poor training has also been cited as a factor for the witnessed poor service delivery in public hospitals.