Kilifi, KENYA: Kilifi county commissioner Joseph Keter on Monday ordered for thorough investigation by police over the sudden death of a 17 year old girl at Ganze Sub county hospital.
Kadzo Kazungu, a school girl from Jaribuni location in Kilifi county succumbed to labor pains and died as doctors tried to rush her to Kilifi county hospital.
Reports say she had been brought to the hospital for delivery after she developed complications at her Matolani village.
The death of the girl brought a public outcry after the parents claimed negligence by nurses at the hospital, a reason they said culminated in her death.
Addressing journalists in his office, Keter said investigations are ongoing at the moment to know the truth.
“Security and investigating agencies are already working on the issue but I want to insist that proper investigations must be conducted, we don’t want to leave gaps.” Said Keter.
Even as the commissioner spoke, it has now emerged that a defilement case against a man suspected of defiling the girl had been opened in January after the parents reported the affairs of the underage daughter and a suspect currently on the run.
The case was reported at Bamba police station.
Ganze OCPD Alexander Makau said an inquiry file over the death of the girl has already been opened in Ganze and urged anyone with more information on what transpired to assist them in the investigations.
“We have opened an inquiry file over the death of the girl,” said Makau.
Meanwhile County chief officer in charge of health Dr.Timothy Malingi refuted claims that the girl died of negligence at the hospital.
Dr. Malingi said by the time she was rushed to the hospital, she had endured labor pains for almost eight hours in the village.
“By the time she was brought to Ganze hospital, she had developed complications almost eight hours ago at the village. The reports of negligence are not true. ” Dr. Malingi told Baraka FM.