Kenyatta National Hospital is yet on the headlines for more bad news after a two-hour wrong medical procedure was conducted to a wrong patient.
In a mix-up of identification tags to patient that occurred on Sunday to two men, who were both wheeled in unconscious and admitted with head complications.
One of the men needed a head surgery to remove a clot on his head as the other only required nursing and some medication to heal a trauma swelling in his head.
An exclusive made by the Daily Nation investigation team uncovered the scandal on Wednesday where they also indicated how kept hawk-eyed security guard to throw them out of the premises
Later on, the hospital’s chief operating officer (C.O.O) Lily Koros released a statement admitting the occurrence of the events and also announced the suspension of four of the medics who were on duty on the night the mishap occurred.
These included a neurosurgeon, the ward nurse, the theatre receiving nurse, and the anesthetist.
Hours into the surgery, the neurosurgeon couldn’t locate the blood clot on the patient’s brain. That’s when the medics found out they had operated on the wrong patient.
The hospital also confirmed that the patient mistakenly operated on is in a stable condition but could not disclose their identities for privacy issues.
Part of the statement read. “The hospital deeply regrets this event and has done all it can to ensure the safety and well-being of the patients in question. We are happy to inform the public that the patient is in recovery and progressing well.”
This medical malpractice process is commonly termed as ‘Wrong site surgery’ (WSS), that encompasses of surgery performed on the wrong side or site of the body, wrong surgical procedure performed, and surgery performed on the wrong patient.
A few days back KNH was on the headlines over baby theft that took place right under their watch, to a recovery mother who had delivered twins, before that the hospital had women come out on social-media claiming to be victims of rape from suspected hospital staffs.
Kenyans took their wrath over the current KNH saga to social media with some demanding for the resignation of the chief operating staff while others claimed they wanted the whole KNH board dissolved.
A sample tweet by the renowned Lawyer Donald Kipkorir read that, “Dear Hon. Sicily Kariuki, Mister for Health…Kindly dissolve the Board Of Directors & the top Management of Kenyatta National Hospital, the biggest Hospital in East Africa…The many mishaps are symptomatic of deep System Rot. KNH needs a Fresh Start, not reforms.”
By George Ogallo