Shalom Hospital ‘Medics’ Deny Charges of Manslaughter and Handling Poisonous Medicine

May 10, 2019

Shalom Hospital nurse who administered the dose that killed seven-month-old baby Ethan Muendo has been charged alongside two of her colleagues.

Irene Katete Mutinda, Odhiambo Kennedy, and Vincent Njau Nganga appeared before Senior Resident Magistrate Irene Kahuya on Thursday. They were charged with manslaughter, negligence and handling poisonous medicine without the laid out procedures.

A prescription report shows that baby Ethan Muendo was injected with a 2ml dose of morphine, a pain medication usually administered to cancer patients. He had been taken to the hospital on Sunday morning after suffering a burn on his left arm on Saturday night.

The dose was 20 times stronger than what his body could handle.

Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (KMPDB) Chairman Fredrick Were said baby Ethan was supposed to be given an oral dose.

However, the oral prescription was not available and the practitioner directed that he instead be injected with the dose.

The three suspects, who were charged alongside others not in court, denied all the charges. They were released on Kshs.500,000 bond and surety of a similar amount.

The case will be mentioned on May 23.

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