Residents of Masongo Sub location in Kisii central sub county are demanding for justice after one of them died under unclear circumstances while giving birth at Kisii Teaching and Referral hospital on Saturday night.
More than 200 residents joined the extended family of Andriano Onchari in demonstrating along the Masongo to Menyinkwa road over what they claimed was laxity by the hospital management which led to the sudden death of 29-year-old Veronica Mochere.
They claimed the doctor on duty was away even as the mother of one bled excessively for four hours to her death after a cervical tear.
Speaking on behalf of the hospital CEO Dr. Enock Ondari and CEC for Health Sarah Omache who were away from town, paediatrician Dr. George Bogonko said he could not give a conclusive report on the incident because the maternal mortality audit was yet to be done.
Speaking to KNA on phone, Dr. Bogonko noted that the nursing officer was yet to report on what transpired as the incident happened during the weekend.
“As of now, we cannot speak of what transpired because the Obstetrician and Pediatric doctors must meet first; but I have asked the nursing officer to do the report,” said Dr. Bogonko.
The father to the deceased, Andriano Onchari said that it was sad for the family to mourn his daughter’s death adding she was well all through the pregnancy term, and clarified that she had attended all prenatal clinics as required at the facility.
“We have Cuban doctors at the facility who believe that women should not die during child birth and therefore it is not right for her to die in this manner,” lamented Onchari.
Isabella Nyakundi accused the hospital staff of laxity and wondered whether it was not safer for mothers to deliver at home.
According to Edwin Amenya, their kin should not have died after a lot of bleeding in the hospital which caters for patients from South Nyanza region and which has a blood bank serving other facilities including private hospitals.
By Jane Naitore