A Homa Bay family is seeking justice after a member of their family died as a result of Mbita Sub County Hospital’s alleged carelessness. Letizia Achieng’s family claims that they were requested to provide fuel for an ambulance so that the pregnant woman could be brought to a neighboring hospital. Mbita Sub County Hospital is accused by Achieng’s family of failing to transfer her to Homa Bay County Referral Hospital despite clinicians at the institution telling the family that they lacked the necessary medical supplies to care for her.
The family claims that there was no ambulance available to transport Achieng to the referral hospital, which is 40 kilometers distant. The family also claims that the institution’s employees refused to allow her go, despite her brother’s plea for a friend to come and transport her to a different medical facility. The ambulance was delayed, according to Bernard Ogango, so the family decided to hire a private vehicle to transport Achieng to the referral hospital. When the ambulance arrived, the driver informed them that it was out of petrol and demanded Ksh5,000 from the family.
When we watched the ambulance arrive at the hospital, our hope was rekindled. “However, the driver insisted on staying till we paid the Ksh5,000,” Ogango said. “We had a 30-minute argument with the ambulance driver over the fuel issue. Linda Mama’s insurance, I suppose, covers the expense of an ambulance. Because the patient’s condition was deteriorating, I eventually chose to use a friend’s automobile.” Following a lengthy dispute with the hospital, the staff agreed to allow Acheing to be evacuated in a private vehicle. She, on the other hand, died 45 minutes after being admitted to the Homa Bay County Referral Hospital.
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