KDF doctors help to restore emergency services at KNH


NAIROBI, Kenya 12 December 2016 – One of the three victims of the Naivasha tragedy has died while undergoing treatment at Kenyatta National Hospital Burns Unit.

The patient with 80 percent burns succumbed to his injuries this morning while two others are fighting for their lives. One patient with 40 percent burns is in stable condition and the other with 70 percent burns is in critical condition.

Health Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Cleopa Mailu made the announcements on Monday when he visited Kenyatta National Hospital to see the patients and asses the situation on the ground. He disclosed that 17 victims of the accident were treated and discharged by the hospital, while one is admitted at Nairobi Hospital.

The CS added that the hospital peadiatric unit and emergency services are fully functional following the deployment of KDF doctors to the facility by government to assist the nurses, clinical officers and consultants.

 “I am urging members of the public to come to the hospital for services without fear. I am also appealing to the doctors to reconsider their position and come to continue with dialogue. We are ready to engage them constructively,” said the CS.

 The CS observed that the hospital has been experiencing low turn-out of patients due to the ongoing doctor’s strike.  “The hospital bed occupancy has decreased to 1800 from 2000. But with deployment of more doctors things are coming back to normal. The turn up is now good and yesterday 65 patients were attended to,” he added.

The hospital suspended routine operations after doctors went on strike on 5th December 2016   and the Registrars joined them.

“I want to thank the Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) for agreeing to go back to work for the benefit of Kenyans. With nurses working, we expect dispensaries and health centers to be fully functional,” said the CS.