The Nairobi County boss Mike Sonko has suspended two nurses from Dandora Health Centre for reportedly neglecting a patient who was in labour.
Sonko reportedly gave the nurses their marching orders on Tuesday following reports that the woman was forced to deliver outside the facility for lack of Sh20 registration fee.
This prompted women in the area to protest outside the health centre in Embakasi North on Monday.
While issuing a statement from the Governor’s office, Nairobi County Health executive Mohamed Dagane noted that maternity services are free at all county facilities and no one is supposed to pay any charges.
“No one is supposed to be subjected to inhuman delivery experiences in or outside our health facilities,” he said.
Mr Dagane said investigations into the matter are underway and his team have already been to Dandora Health Centre to establish what went wrong.
According to witnesses, the nurses denied the pregnant woman access to the hospital, leaving her to give birth at the doors of the facility’s main entrance by herself.
Governor Sonko promised to terminate contracts of any health practitioner who will be found to have disregarded their professional code of conduct while on duty.
“I don’t think that they are trained to let people suffer or just deliberately be negligent. If anyone is found to have flouted their code of conduct then we have no otherwise but to terminate their contract,” the county boss said.