Narok Referral Hospital was a bee-hive of activities on Monday evening after victims of a horrific road accident was received at the facility.
Forty three victims, some who were seriously injured and required emergency treatment were brought in.
The bus they were travelling in was involved in a grisly accident.
The victims had varied injuries which required distinguished first aid.
Health workers at the facility were forced to seek for assistance from the Kenya Red Cross staff and volunteers to provide immediate help.
The workers on night shift were forced to report before time. Those who were working during the day had to work long hours to offer service to the victims.
Nurses at the hospital said that those who were critically injured will be transferred to Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi for specialized treatment.
By the time we were going to the press no victim had been released from the hospital.
Health workers were still attending to them as they prepared those who required specialized treatment to be taken to the country’s largest referral hospital.
At the hospital, mortuary attendants were receiving bodies of 19 who died during the accident.
Members of the public arrived at the hospital in large number to witness the distressing scenario.
Police had to be called at the hospital to control the crowd who wanted to view the victims who were in various wards.
Cause of the accident
The accident occurred at Siyiabei few kilometers from Narok town on the busy Narok- Mai Mahiu road.
Witnesses said that the driver of the bus was over speeding and lost control while overtaking a lorry as the bus was descending.
The bus lost control and plunged into river Siyiabei.
Narok county commissioner George Natembeya confirmed the accident. He said that they had difficult time rescuing the victims of the accident from the wreckage of the bus that was drown in the river.
He added that many people died as a result of drowning. It took the intervention of the police, Kenya Red Cross Society and members of the public who arrived at the scene to make rescue activities, a success.
Natembeya requested drivers to be careful when using the road.
The bus belonging to Daima Connections had 65 passengers and was heading to Nairobi from Kendu bay, Homa Bay County.
Unfortunately, 17 people died on spot while 2 others we pronounced dead on arrival to the hospital.
By Joseph Macharia