The Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) has regretted the incident where a mother delivered right in front of the gates of the Pumwani Maternity Hospital, after neglect.
The video of the woman has gone viral on social media, sparking anger among Kenyans.
According to NMS Director of Health Services Dr. Josephine Kibaru Mbae, the unfortunate event took place on Sunday, September 13, which is two days after nurses downed their tools.
So what happened?
Dr. Kibaru says that on the fateful day, the security guard denied the patient access to the premises.
A nurse was, however, notified of the happenings and rushed to the scene to assist the mother to deliver her baby before admitting her into a ward.
NMS has commended the nurse who rushed to help the patient, confirming that the mother and the child are well and were discharged on Friday, September 18.
The security team of the hospital has since been changed and a customer care desk set up.
“Going forward, officers from the National Police Service will augment the provision of security at the Pumwani Hospital, Mbagathi Hospital, Mama Lucy Hospital, and Mutuini Hopsital tp prevent disruption of services,” says NMS.
A mother having gone through public shame of delivering outside Pumwani Hospital in full glare of some health workers and even human beings since she couldn't access health care services.Nurses outside Pumwani hospital demonstrating as nothing is happening….#AllMothersAreEqual pic.twitter.com/2OzzbZvBKP
— lizah mutuku (@l_lizah) September 19, 2020
Pumwani Hospital informs me that the incident took place a week ago, and that nurses eventually attended to mother and baby who are currently doing fine. It's imperative that gaps in our healthcare systems are sealed, starting with grievances that lead to go-slows. @Senate_KE
— Hon. Esther M Passaris (@EstherPassaris) September 19, 2020
This is so disturbing.
While the government is having inner wars , our mothers are dying because they can’t get a simple service like giving birth. We are becoming statistics in the eyes of our greedy politicians.
This is happening in 2020. Pumwani Hospital. Wajinga Nyinyi.
— KING KAKA (@RabbitTheKing) September 19, 2020
For someone who was born in pumwani hospital and my mum tells me how shitty they were 🤦I was literally born at the corridor and she delivered all by herself before the doctors came to help. This has nothing to do with poor ppl it's all about shitty healthcare services we have
— Awesernali (@__awesomali) September 19, 2020
I have watched that video of that lady giving birth outside the gates of Pumwani Maternity Hospital and I'm just defeated… 💔💔 For how long will we sit down and condone state perpetrated violence against women ! That there is obstetric violence caused by your own gvt. 😡😡
— kerigo odada (@k_odada) September 18, 2020
A reminder that exactly two years ago, the last shocking incident at Pumwani Hospital where 12 infants were found dead and stuffed in cartons and no GoK, MoH, Nairobi County and Pumwani officials were ever held to account.
We have normalized inhumanity in this country.
— Kelly G. Gitahi ™ (@Gitahi_Gituma) September 19, 2020