Nairobi, KENYA: Nairobi governor Mike Sonko, on Monday, suspended three Pumwani Maternity Hospital staff after he discovered 12 bodies of newborns hidden in boxes.
The governor arrived at the hospital on a bodaboda after receiving complaints from one of the mothers whose baby died due to negligence at the hospital.
“Earlier today I made an impromptu visit to Pumwani Hospital after receiving complaints over cases of laxity at the facility. I immediately suspended the hospital’s Spt Dr Catherine Mutinda & two others, after uncovering 12 bodies of infants who died at the hospital mysteriously,” read the governor’s official twitter account.
The corpses were hidden inside plastic bags and stuffed in boxes, in three different rooms at the hospital.
“I want to categorically state that human life must be respected no matter the case. Stern action will be taken against anyone found to be sabotaging the good services offered to our mothers and sisters who come to deliver in this facility,” added the governor.
The two suspended alongside the superintendent are, hospital administrator Zadock Angahya and the obstetrician gynecologist who was supposed to be on duty, James Kamau.
Kamau was supposed to report to duty at 10am but was still missing in action at noon, when the governor was at the hospital.
The governor also reprimanded the hospital management for charging mothers to give birth while the government was covering the expenses through the ‘Linda Mama’ initiative.