An expectant woman died of excessive bleeding after she was allegedly turned away from Homa Bay County Referral Hospital.
Irene Adhiambo,28, was due to deliver her first baby when she sought emergency medical services at the hospital.
Her husband, Paul Mboya, said his wife died at the Rachuonyo South Sub-county Hospital, where she was transferred from Homa Bay on claims the two theatres at the referral facility were busy.
“They refused to help us despite the fact that my wife was in labour and the baby had started coming out. I pleaded with them but they instead put my wife in an ambulance and advised that we take her to the sub-county hospital, which has fewer facilities,” said a heartbroken Mr. Mboya.
“At the sub-county hospital, the nurses tried to save my wife’s life but she was bleeding profusely. They sent me back to Homa Bay, more than 70km away, to get blood. I used a boda boda taxi to Homa Bay but I was called while on the way and informed she had passed on. The child had also died in the womb,” added Mboya.
He said his wife had not conceived in the past 10 years and they were looking forward to their baby.
“I was happy when my wife finally conceived but now both of them have died,” he said.
Homa Bay Health Executive Lawrence Oteng’ said his office had launched investigations.
“The incident occurred when Homa Bay had other serious cases that needed operations, hence the theatre was full,” he said.
According to Mboya, medics at the Rachuonyo sub-county hospital complained to him over the tendency of their Homa Bay counterparts to refer patients to them for surgery.
Mboya blamed medics at Homa Bay County Referral Hospital for negligence.
“The life of my wife and her baby could have been saved in the county referral hospital. I appeal to the medics to change their attitude lest many more people lose their lives at the facility,” said Mboya.