Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Troubled Shalom Hospital in Machakos town reopened


The notorious Shalom Hospital in Machakos has been re-opened three weeks following public outcry over negligence.

This accompanied a thorough inspection of the building by the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (KMPDB).

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The KMPDB CEO Daniel Yumbya on Tuesday, May 28 lead a team of senior medical staff from the central and Machakos County to inspect the hospital.

Hospital staff has been provided with job description and work station based on certification qualifications and competence.

As reported earlier, the hospital was closed down on May 6 following the death of a seven-month-old baby who was alleged to have died after an overdose of Morphine injection. The hospital is one of the NHIF accredited in Kenya.

The hospital’s director, administrator, clinical officer, and a pharmacist in charge on the said day were arrested and later charged in court, the case is still ongoing through the suspects were released on bond.

Also read: Shalom Hospital: action taken after woman gave birth on the floor

Inquiries that led to shutting down of the hospital revealed that it had multiple process failures, lacked proper procedures and staffing, wrong dosage of a drug administered to the 7-month-old, the person who managed it was not a trained health worker but a hospital attendant and inadequate hospital infrastructure and general condition.

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